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Chevron Press Release - Chevron Corp. Establishes Andrew Young Internship For Africare

Announcement made at Africare 1998 Benefit Dinner

Photo of Chairman Ken Derr, Honoree Andrew Young and Africare President C. Payne Lucas

Chairman Ken Derr, Honoree Andrew Young and Africare President
C. Payne Lucas (from left)

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- In honor of former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, Chevron Corp. will sponsor an internship to be administered by The Africare Development Internship Fund. The announcement was made today at the 1998 Africare John T. Walker Memorial Dinner by Ken Derr, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Chevron. Derr served as the national chair of the dinner, now the largest annual fund-raising event for Africa in the United States.

At the dinner, Derr led a salute to Ambassador Young, who was honored for his contributions to worldwide peace, human rights and for his hands-on role in support of Africas emerging economies. Now co-chairman of the consulting group GoodWorks International, Young is an activist for human rights worldwide, an international businessman, a former congressman and a former top aide to the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Chevron is proud to participate in the established Africare program, which has already provided the experience of a lifetime to many young people, said Derr. The Andrew Young/Chevron internship recognizes Ambassador Youngs business accomplishments and contributions to Africa, while symbolizing Chevrons on-going desire to ensure that scores of future interns will have the opportunity to enjoy all the benefits this program has to offer.

C. Payne Lucas, president of Africare, said, We are pleased that Chevron has elected to support a program that develops one of our greatest resources -- future leaders dedicated to learn about Africa while contributing their time, energy and intellect to the continents development. Our past participants have been very successful. We are glad that this program has been such a great training ground for future professionals.

With a total commitment of $125,000 for the internship, Chevron is taking the lead among American corporations in supporting the African Development Internship Fund. Africare hopes to raise a total of $1 million for this Fund, as part of its ongoing $20 million endowment campaign. Chevron is encouraging other corporations to contribute to the Fund.

The African Development Internship Fund will accept up to eight interns each year to participate in hands-on apprenticeships with Africares technical staff in Washington, D.C., and its field representatives in African countries. The program seeks out pre-professionals, including graduate students in development and people of different age groups who, as part of their career growth, wish to gain an in-depth knowledge of the development challenges facing African nations. By enriching both the technical knowledge and the inter-cultural insight of future professionals in business and international development, the program has been making a lasting contributing to Africa.

Updated: October 1998