Five exceptional students from the Boston area are just starting their eight-week internships at local nonprofits, courtesy of the Bank of America Student Leaders program and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Pictured are Joelle Bueno, Ariell Christian, Chris Ackerman, Liliana Almonte and Amy Yang
The following was submitted by the Bank of America
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation today announced that five Boston area students have been selected to take part in the 2013 Student Leaders program, which awards a total of 225 community-minded high school juniors and seniors from around the country with paid eight-week summer internships at local nonprofit organizations.
Despite gains in the overall job market, teens still have the highest unemployment rate – one out of every seven young people is not in school or working. Research indicates that teens who are gainfully employed have lower drop-out rates, are more likely to continue their education to pursue long-term career goals and ultimately show an increase in lifetime earning potential.
That’s why Bank of America started the Student Leaders program. It is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to provide individuals with access and exposure to critical resources that will bolster their work and life skills while also benefiting the community.
“The number of unemployed youth in the Commonwealth is striking,” said Bob Gallery, Massachusetts market president, Bank of America. “As a business community, we have to help combat this problem. The Student Leaders program connects exceptional students with meaningful jobs at local nonprofits, and provides these organizations with a boost of youthful talent. It’s a win-win.”
In addition to the paid internships, the students will attend a weeklong Bank of America Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., this week. Summit activities include a service learning project and a series of interactive workshops, including Capitol Hill briefings and sessions on financial education and leadership development skills. The students gain a deeper understanding of how service creates positive change and how corporate, nonprofit and government collaboration can revitalize communities.
Participating local students are:
• Joelle Bueno, a Somerville resident and rising senior at Prospect Hill Academy School, is interning at The Boys and Girls Club.
• Liliana Almonte, a Lawrence resident and recent graduate of Math, Science and Technology High School, is interning at Groundwork Lawrence.
• Ye Yang, a Boston resident and rising senior at Boston Latin School, is interning at Artists for Humanity.
• Ariell Christian, a Dorchester resident, and recent graduate of the Academy of the Pacific Rim, is interning at uAspire.
• Christopher Ackerman, a Melrose resident and recent graduate of Matignon High School, is interning at the Boys and Girls Club.
The Student Leaders program demonstrates Bank of America’s long-standing belief that investing in leadership and fostering a culture of service is a way to revitalize the economic and social health of communities.