Speech at the 6th Annual Job Corps Alpha Awards

Washington, D.C. | July 18, 2001

Thirty-seven years ago, I founded "Job Corps" I wanted it to become America’s first nation - wide program working for the benefit of our courageous yet needy American young men and women, especially those most in need of education and of training for work.

I am very happy to be here tonight.

Thirty-seven years ago, I founded "Job Corps" I wanted it to become America’s first nation - wide program working for the benefit of our courageous yet needy American young men and women, especially those most in need of education and of training for work.

My dear wife, Eunice, and I have proudly watched as the program has grown, 118 Centers across the country serving more than 2 million young people.

I am thrilled to be here to present an Award to the Shriver Job Corps Center. Who do you suppose that is named after (Pause)?

It’s not named for my beautiful, courageous and famous wife, Eunice.It’s not named for my even more famous, TV star daughter, Maria. It’s not named for my father, my grandfather, or even my Great-Great-Great Grandfather who came to Maryland in 1735 and even fought in the famous American Revolution in 1775 and became a member of the Maryland Legislature in 1770. No! Someone made a big mistake and named it for me!

Seriously, I must tell you why I’m proud "Job Corps", and especially the Shriver Center.
 Did you know that Shriver is one of the top 10 Centers in the country? The reason for that Is the hard work and strong management of Sue Larson, the original Center Director. I say “original” Center Director because Sue was just promoted to be Job Corps’ newest Regional Director. Now she can apply her talents to impact the nine Centers she oversees in the Boston Region. So I am happy to be here on my own behalf but also in memory of all the Shrivers of Westminster, Baltimore, Cumberland, and all other parts of Maryland. I will ask Anwar Sloane to help me present this momentous Award.

Anwar enters stage with Award

ANWAR: Hi! Mr. Shriver.
RSS: Hello, Anwar! Are you ready?
ANWAR: I sure am!
RSS: Great! Let’s impress these people so they’ll give us both jobs before the night’s through, OK?
ANWAR: OK! Tonight’s first Award goes to a company that is named after out biggest and brightest star, the SUN. (Microsystems Corporation).
RSS: That’s right! One of the giants in the information technology industry, this company really put its all into establishing The Shriver Center as a top-notch, computer training facility. Sun Microsystems developed an advanced computer training program, trained college instructors and donated state-of-the-art equipment. With this training, Shriver’s students can hold their own in any high tech environment.
ANWAR: You could say the sky’s the limit for those students! Please welcome SUN Microsystems.
(Anwar gives award to winner)
(RSS and Anwar step to back of stage)
SUN Microsystem Representative speaks.
(RSS, Anwar, and Sun Microsystem Representative leave the stage)