President George W. Bush presented the President’s Volunteer Service Award to Erin Green when she arrived in Chicago, Illinois, on Friday, January 6, 2006. Erin Green is a volunteer with the James R. Jordan Boys and Girls Club and Family Life Center and the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation.

Green’s volunteer work at the James R. Jordan Boys and Girls Club and Family Life Center is focused on their College Bound program, which prepares high school students for transition into college. In addition, Green is the fundraising committee chair and associate board member for the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation, which provides four-year private high school scholarships to economically disadvantaged students.

Green, age 25, says her volunteer service was inspired by her participation in a leadership course offered by Landmark Education, an international training and development company that in 2002 was recognized as one of the top leadership and development training program providers by McNeil. “I became present to what I’m committed to in life, which is that African American women know themselves as loved and powerful,” says Green. “And out of creating that, I started volunteering and helping to prepare young African American women for the transition to college. In Landmark Education programs, I realized that one person really can make a difference.”

Dr. Nancy Zapolski, Vice President of Landmark Education’s Program Delivery Division, said, “It is no surprise that President Bush would want to recognize Erin Green, as she is the embodiment of true leadership. We are totally inspired by who Erin Green is and the contribution she makes to people. Landmark Education is committed to the fundamental principle that people have the possibility of success, fulfillment, and greatness, and Ms. Green is a stand for that principle in all her work.”

Landmark Education offers programs that allow people to produce concrete results in their effectiveness, impacting those areas of their lives that are most important to them, including career, relationships, productivity, and contributing to others. Over the last 14 years, in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program, one of the 40 programs offered by Landmark, more than 30,000 community projects have been created worldwide.

Since March 2002, President Bush has met with more than 450 individuals around the country. Green, and each of these individuals, have been exemplary community-service volunteers, and had the opportunity to be personally thanked by the President for making a difference in the lives of others.

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