Laureen Martinez, Orange County Communications Division, Assistant Manager
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Mayor Teresa Jacobs Recognizes National Service Award Participants

Orange County, FL – Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the Orange County Board of County Commissioners will recognize a group of young citizens who participated in the Jefferson Awards Lead 360 Challenge. The program inspires young people from all over the country, ages 5 to 25, to plan and carry out public service projects.

Mayor Jacobs, Commissioners, and the National Director of the Jefferson Awards will present each honoree with a certificate. The top three winners will also receive a medal for their outstanding community work. Local participants, who include high school and college students, volunteered in 13 different projects that addressed issues like crime, hunger and poverty, protecting the environment, education and literacy, elder care, and health and wellness. Their efforts engaged 3,000 volunteers, garnered more than 16,000 volunteer hours, and impacted more than 22,600 people in Orange County.

For more information about the Lead 360 Challenge or to submit projects please visit Jefferson Awards.

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Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Orange County Government Administration Center
Board of County Commissioners Chambers, First Floor
201 S. Rosalind Avenue in Downtown Orlando

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its residents and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world-famous theme parks, one of the nation’s largest convention centers and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners, including the Mayor, who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit or go to Orange County Government’s social media channels.

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