Clements International Recognizes U.S. Foreign Service Youth Making a World of Difference

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Clements International, the leading provider of insurance solutions for expatriates and international organizations, will present the Community Service Award to Mark Flores and Sarah Christensen during the 2010 Foreign Service Youth Awards.

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“It is truly inspiring to see the impact they have had on their communities, all while handling the unique challenges of the expatriate lifestyle.”

Clements International, the leading provider of insurance solutions for expatriates and international organizations, will present the Community Service Award to Mark Flores and Sarah Christensen during the 2010 Foreign Service Youth Awards. The Foreign Service Youth Foundation’s Award for Community Service honors teenagers who have demonstrated outstanding volunteer efforts overseas, either in community service or in service to their peers, while facing the challenges of growing up living an internationally mobile lifestyle. Two finalists each receive a certificate of recognition for their volunteer work and a $1,500 savings bond sponsored by Clements International. Mark Flores, age 11, was selected to receive one of two community service awards for his support of the local animal shelter in Quito, Ecuador. He organized a number of successful fundraising initiatives to raise donations to the shelter. In addition, Mark held a number of public speaking engagements to educate people about the shelter and propose ideas about how others can help. Mark is the son of Jacinto and Nicole Flores, currently posted to Quito. He is a 5th grader at Academia Cotopaxi. Sarah Christensen, age 18, was selected to receive the second of two community service awards for her support of the victims of the May 12, 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, China. Following a personal visit to the area in May 2009, she organized a fundraiser through WJS Liahona International Services for schoolchildren affected by the earthquake. Sarah’s love of the theater inspired her to direct, produce and star in a production of the melodrama, "Love Sick and Montezuma's Gold”. Wendy Jyang, president of WJS Liahona International Services, praised Sarah's humanitarian work for strengthening relations between her organization and Chinese leaders, opening the door to further projects. Sarah is the daughter of Brian and Nadine Christensen, currently posted to the American Institute in Taiwan. She recently graduated from Hong Kong International School and will attend Brigham Young University in Hawaii this fall. “We are very proud to sponsor this award, which recognizes the outstanding contributions of U.S. Foreign Service youth,” said Chris Beck, president of Clements International. “It is truly inspiring to see the impact they have had on their communities, all while handling the unique challenges of the expatriate lifestyle.” The 2010 Foreign Service Youth Awards ceremony will take place on Friday, July 16 at 12:00 p.m. at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. in the Benjamin Franklin Diplomatic Reception Room. For more information about the 2010 Community Service Award sponsored by Clements International, please contact Kathy Dorf at 202-872-0060 or kdorf@clements.com. About Clements International Clements International is the leading provider of insurance solutions for expatriates and international organizations. Founded in 1947, Clements offers worldwide auto, property, health, life and commercial insurance with superior customer service and claims response to customers in more than 170 countries. For more information on Clements International’s global list of programs and services, please visit http://www.clements.com. Clements International, the leading provider of insurance solutions for expatriates and international organizations, will present the Community Service Award to Mark Flores and Sarah Christensen during the 2010 Foreign Service Youth Awards.

The Foreign Service Youth Foundation’s Award for Community Service honors teenagers who have demonstrated outstanding volunteer efforts overseas, either in community service or in service to their peers, while facing the challenges of growing up living an internationally mobile lifestyle. Two finalists each receive a certificate of recognition for their volunteer work and a $1,500 savings bond sponsored by Clements International.

Mark Flores, age 11, was selected to receive one of two community service awards for his support of the local animal shelter in Quito, Ecuador. He organized a number of successful fundraising initiatives to raise donations to the shelter. In addition, Mark held a number of public speaking engagements to educate people about the shelter and propose ideas about how others can help. Mark is the son of Jacinto and Nicole Flores, currently posted to Quito. He is a 5th grader at Academia Cotopaxi.

Sarah Christensen, age 18, was selected to receive the second of two community service awards for her support of the victims of the May 12, 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, China. Following a personal visit to the area in May 2009, she organized a fundraiser through WJS Liahona International Services for schoolchildren affected by the earthquake. Sarah’s love of the theater inspired her to direct, produce and star in a production of the melodrama, "Love Sick and Montezuma's Gold”. Wendy Jyang, president of WJS Liahona International Services, praised Sarah's humanitarian work for strengthening relations between her organization and Chinese leaders, opening the door to further projects. Sarah is the daughter of Brian and Nadine Christensen, currently posted to the American Institute in Taiwan. She recently graduated from Hong Kong International School and will attend Brigham Young University in Hawaii this fall.

“We are very proud to sponsor this award, which recognizes the outstanding contributions of U.S. Foreign Service youth,” said Chris Beck, president of Clements International. “It is truly inspiring to see the impact they have had on their communities, all while handling the unique challenges of the expatriate lifestyle.”

The 2010 Foreign Service Youth Awards ceremony will take place on Friday, July 16 at 12:00 p.m. at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. in the Benjamin Franklin Diplomatic Reception Room.

For more information about the 2010 Community Service Award sponsored by Clements International, please contact Kathy Dorf at 202-872-0060 or kdorf@clements.com.

About Clements International

Clements International is the leading provider of insurance solutions for expatriates and international organizations. Founded in 1947, Clements offers worldwide auto, property, health, life and commercial insurance with superior customer service and claims response to customers in more than 170 countries. For more information on Clements International’s global list of programs and services, please visit http://www.clements.com.

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