Payscout partnered with the Jefferson Awards Foundation to mentor Van Nuys Middle School students and support their social entreneurship endeavor, Operation: Blankets of Love. On Friday, May 26, Payscout and the Jefferson Awards Foundation presented a banner honoring the Middle Schoolers' Silver Leadership award for their inspirational social entreneurship.
The Appreciation and Celebration Event at Van Nuys Middle School, at which Payscout presented a banner alongside the Jefferson Awards Foundation, welcomed representatives from the LA Chamber of Commerce, the LA Unified School District (Superintendent Michelle King was a Special Honoree at the event), and Ms. Candy Williams, CEO of Empowered Gifts was on hand, as well.
Payscout is the first Champion of the Jefferson Awards Foundation in Los Angeles. The partnership aligns with Payscout's Belief statement: "Every individual has a social responsibility to make the world a better place."
As LA's first JAF Champion, Payscout launched a mentoring project with the Van Nuys Middle School as part of the Jefferson Awards Foundation's Students in Action program. JAF launched the Students In Action program in 2006 with a goal of developing today's students into tomorrow's community leaders. The three pillars of the program are Leadership, Engagement, and Impact, and on Thursday, over 140 high school and middle schoolers from the greater Los Angeles area gathered for a day spent honing their leadership abilities.
"We're elated and thrilled to have a partner like Payscout to support and participate in an event where we power students to have maximum impact on the issues they care about most through our Students In Action program," said Jackeline Muñoz, Greater Los Angeles Regional Program Manager at the Jefferson Awards Foundation. "We are empowering the leaders of tomorrow, and Juan and the Payscout team not only had a direct impact in helping make our training a success, but they also serve as an extraordinary example of compassionate leadership."