Jackson EMC solicits apps for youth award

MONROE - Jackson Electric Membership Corporation is currently accepting applications for the Youth Citizenship Award, and high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should be involved in community or school volunteer organizations in which improving the community is the chief objective. Leadership positions and high grade-point averages are considered but are not a necessity. Rather, students should show why they volunteer and how much time they devote to their activities.

The winner of this award will earn the prestigious title, along with a $2,000 college scholarship, a $1,000 grant to distribute to a school or civic organization of choice, and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the Washington Youth Tour.

Applicants must attend a high school in Jackson EMC's service territory. Applicants should complete an application form and send at least one professional letter of recommendation from a sponsor of a group or organization where they volunteer.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 27.

To obtain an application form, contact a high school counselor or visit Jackson EMC's Web site at www.jacksonemc.com/citizenship.

Free File Alliance begins 7th year of tax preparation

WASHINGTON - The Free File Alliance, a coalition of 19 private tax software companies that have partnered with the Internal Revenue Service to provide free electronic tax preparation services for millions of Americans, has begun its seventh tax season of operation.

More than 98 million taxpayers with an adjusted gross income of $56,000 or less are eligible for the program.

Taxpayers who would like to take advantage of the program can visit the Internal Revenue Service Web site, www.irs.gov. There, taxpayers can find e-filing offers from participating companies and choose the one that fits their needs. Users are then transferred to the company's Web site, where they receive the necessary help to prepare, complete and electronically file their federal income tax returns, just as they would on paper.

Three of the 19 participating software companies now offer the service in Spanish.

Also new this year, taxpayers who are very familiar with tax law and need no preparation assistance may fill out and file their federal income tax forms electronically using Free File Fillable Tax Forms. There are no income limitations for this basic service.

GNLI seeks nominations, applications for upcoming year

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute (GNLI) is now accepting nominations and applications for the 2009-10 program year.

GNLI is an adult leadership program that trains and empowers citizens to become active leaders in the community.

This eight-month program includes an orientation and an overnight weekend retreat, seven Saturday workshops, and a community project that participants develop and implement before the end of the program.

During the experience, participants are immersed in a wide variety of topics and issues such as communications, government, media relations, growth and economic development, education and the criminal justice system. Sessions involve visiting the state capitol, police ride-alongs and discussions with local and state leaders from an variety of sectors. The sessions are designed to immerse participants in issues that affect Gwinnett County citizens while making participants more aware of the many faces involved in leading Gwinnett.

Visit the GNLI Web site at www.gnli.org to apply, or call Nicole Love at 770-995-3339 or e-mail Nicole@gwinnettcoalition.org to submit a nomination.

The deadline to apply is April 30.

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