Bouje Publishing was awarded the 2009 Emerging Program Award which recognizes an employee volunteer program that is less than 2 years old and has achieved significant results. Bouje Publishing, who specializes in teaching kids business concepts and entrepreneurial skill, ran Preparing Kids for Success, a program that taught pre-teens leadership, business, and entrepreneurship skills while providing support to parents and educators. Participating students started businesses, giving up to 20% of their profits to non-profits in their communities. Additionally, the students have seen an improvement in their reading, writing, and math skills.
In late August, eight Atlanta corporations were named finalist for IMPACT (Involvement Means People Acting Together) of outstanding volunteer programs. The Awards ceremony was held September 17th at the World of Coca Cola. Winners and runner-ups were recognized in four categories. The IMPACT winner was awarded a $15,000 grant given to the nonprofit partner of their choice, and the other winners each received $5,000 grants for their non-profit partners.
Emerging Program Award
• Winner: Bouje Publishing
• Non-profit Partner: Junior Achievement of Georgia
• Runner-up: Teradata Corporation
Innovative/Collaborative Program Award
• Winner: The Coca Cola Company
• Non-profit Partner: Hand on Atlanta
• Runner-up: UPS
• Winner: Bank of America
• Non-profit Partner: Neighbors to Family
• Runner-up: Jordan, Jones & Goulding
• Winner: Atlanta Gas Light
• Non-profit Partner: Cool Girls, Inc
• Runner-up: Georgia Natural Gas
"The nominations for this year's IMPACT awards prove that Atlanta businesses and corporations, despite a difficult economic climate, continue to dedicate themselves to giving back to the communities in which they do business," said CVC of Atlanta president and Atlanta Gas Light's Jodie Huiet. "We could not be more excited about honoring these eight companies for the excellent programs and community service projects they've undertaken in 2009."
About Bouje Publishing
Bouje Publishing (boujepublishing.com) publishes The Future Business Leaders' Series, a set of fiction adventure books that introduce pre-teens to the concepts of business and entrepreneurship. The message crosses all geographic, gender, racial and socioeconomic lines by empowering kids to reach for their dreams while learning real life lessons. The lessons covered in the series can make all the difference in a kid's future: the importance of dreaming big, protecting an idea, fighting doubts, building self-esteem, hiring the right people, finding the right real estate, listening to customers, branding, knowing the competition, networking, and achieving success.
About the Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta (CVC)
The Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta (cvcofatlanta.org) is a leading professional association of Atlanta area businesses that promotes employee volunteerism in the corporate sector and provides a forum for networking, learning corporate best practices, research and local trends. The CVC of Atlanta is the local arm of the Points of Light Foundation-Hands On Network, a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization. The CVC of Atlanta includes more than 75 Atlanta corporations with employee populations ranging from 10 to 32,000 employees.