MIAMI – May 9, 2012 - The South Florida Council of Boy Scouts of America honored Holland & Knight with its Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Awards at a luncheon on May 11 at the Hilton Miami Downtown. Joshua Levenson, a Holland & Knight attorney and executive board member of the South Florida Council, accepted the award on the firm's behalf.
The Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Awards recognize outstanding services by an individual or organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for youth from low income urban or rural backgrounds. The award was established in 1973 by the Boy Scouts of America to honor Dr. Young, who served as the National Executive Director of the Urban League from 1961-1971.
The firm was recognized for its extensive involvement in both Scouting and low-income communities nationwide. Through Holland & Knight's Charitable Foundation, individuals give generously of their time and talent to improve the lives of youth through mentoring, tutoring and scholarships.
The Foundation's Opening Doors for Children program infuses volunteers from the firm's 17 U.S. offices into low-income and rural communities, helping children in need of tutors, mentors, and role models. Since 1995, the Opening Doors for Children Program has distributed 275,000 books into the homes of needy children and involved more than 35,000 children. Additionally, the firm has more than 20 Eagle Scouts, with many still active in the organization.
Proceeds from the Whitney M. Young Service Awards Luncheon & Celebration will help provide the financial resources need to expand the South Florida Council's outreach programs to predominately Black, Afro-Caribbean youth.
About The Boy Scouts of America: The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun.
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