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SunTrust Bank to be Honored by Junior Achievement with U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award

Volunteers provide students with critical mentoring and positive role models

Mar 2, 2015

ATLANTA, March 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Junior Achievement USA® (JA) today announced that it will honor SunTrust Bank with one of 50 2013-2014 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Awards. The organizations receiving the awards provided Junior Achievement with significant volunteer resources during the 2013-14 school year. The awards will be presented at a gala dinner on March 10 in New York City in conjunction with JA's quarterly national board of directors meeting.

President George W. Bush established the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers make in communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President's Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. In 2006, Junior Achievement became an official certifying organization for this award, which recognizes corporations with a U.S. presence that provide volunteers to teach JA programs anywhere in the world.

SunTrust is receiving the 2013-2014 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award at the Bronze level, for providing at least 5,000 volunteer hours to local Junior Achievement offices during the year. The complete list of recipients is located here.

"Junior Achievement volunteers are important mentors for young people, bringing our programs to life. JA volunteers share their experiences and skills with students while delivering our programs, teaching them how to manage their money, succeed in the workforce, or start a business that creates jobs and grows the economy. JA's volunteers are critical to our organization's success and are a vital part of our mission," said Jack Harris president and CEO of Junior Achievement Georgia.

"Junior Achievement volunteers help build communities by empowering the next generation's success," said Helene Lollis, JA Area Board Chair. "JA could not exist without the dedication of its volunteers. We are grateful for this opportunity to recognize their invaluable support."

Junior Achievement's kindergarten through high school programs are delivered across the country by a network of more than 213,000 volunteers, including 5,000 in the Atlanta area. JA programs provide innovative, hands-on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy education to more than 125,000 students in the Atlanta community each year.

About Junior Achievement Georgia
Through the time, talent and resources of corporate, education and community partners, Junior Achievement of Georgia inspires and prepares young people, K-12th grade, to succeed in a global economy. All programs align with Georgia's Common Core Performance Standards, teaching students about financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness while equipping them with the tools to be personally and professionally successful.

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA)
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.5 million students per year in 115 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.7 million students served by operations in 120 other countries worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for more information.

About SunTrust Banks, Inc.
SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI), headquartered in Atlanta, is one of the nation's largest banking organizations, serving a broad range of consumer, commercial, corporate and institutional clients. As of December 31, 2014, SunTrust had total assets of $190.3 billion and total deposits of $140.6 billion. Through its flagship subsidiary, SunTrust Bank, the Company operates an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high-growth Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states and a full array of technology-based, 24-hour delivery channels. The company also serves clients in selected markets nationally. Its primary businesses include deposit, credit, trust and investment services. Through its various subsidiaries, the company provides mortgage banking, asset management, securities brokerage, and capital market services. SunTrust's Internet address is suntrust.com.

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SOURCE SunTrust Banks, Inc.

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