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Garden Grove student named Bank of America Student Leader for paid virtual summer internship

Bank of America today announced that the four Orange County high school juniors selected as Student Leaders (#BofAStudentLeaders) have started their paid summer internship experience of leadership, civic engagement and workforce skills-building with local nonprofit United Way of Orange County. In light of the public health concerns that remain in local communities, the program has been adapted to a virtual format.

Recent estimates suggest that the number of disconnected youth who aren’t in school and don’t have a job has likely tripled nationwide since last year and could be as high as 18 million. Without access to opportunities that build career skills and earn a paycheck, many young people may be left behind, leading to high rates of youth unemployment and hindering overall economic progress. As part of their Student Leader internship, each student is paid a $5,000 stipend.

“Now more than ever, as we collectively navigate the challenges we face in our communities, Bank of America remains committed to supporting young adults of all backgrounds by connecting them to jobs, skills-building and leadership development,” said Allen Staff, Orange County market president, Bank of America. “Creating opportunities for our youth to gain skills and build a network is a powerful investment in the future of our community.”

The Class of 2020 Orange County Bank of America Student Leaders are:

  • Gabrielle Latimore, Irvine, Northwood High School
  • Alexander Rojas, Garden Grove, Segerstrom High School
  • Rushil Shah, Orange, Canyon High School
  • Emily Wang, Yorba Linda, Troy High School

The Student Leaders are participating virtually in sessions on the vital role nonprofits play in advancing community health and the importance of public private partnerships to drive social change, while building financial acumen. They will also participate in a collaborative, mentor-focused project working closely with United Way of Orange County on “Read Aloud 15,” a program to encourage parents and/or caregivers to read aloud to kids for 15 minutes every day from birth to age five to ensure children are reading proficiently by third grade. The Student Leaders will research ways to expand the Read Aloud 15 message and how to better connect with more than 400 Read Aloud 15 partners and their unique constituencies.

In addition, they will join 300 other Student Leaders from across the country for a dialogue on the role of citizenship and how cross sector collaboration creates community impact. The virtual program, “Young America Together at Home” will be delivered by the Close Up Foundation and include discussions about finding one’s voice in order to affect change and address pressing policy issues, such as the economy, healthcare, the environment and immigration.

Bank of America is also connecting approximately 3,000 young adults nationwide to paid summer jobs through various programs such as its Financial Center Intern Program and partnerships with city-wide summer youth employment programs like funding support to Youth Employment Service (YES) in Santa Ana..

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