Bank of America announced that five teenagers from across the greater Phoenix region have been selected as Student Leaders (#BofAStudentLeaders).
The program offers young people, who are engaged community citizens, an opportunity to build their workforce and leadership skills through a paid summer internship at Boys and Girls Clubs in Phoenix, Tempe and Gilbert.
Following the eight week internships, the students will participate in a Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.
Early employment opportunities are a critical stepping stone for young people entering the working world. When young people can’t access early employment opportunities that build their skills, they are at risk of being left behind and not finding a meaningful job in today’s competitive workforce.
With local youth unemployment rates at 17.6%, Student Leaders connects high school juniors and seniors to summer employment that helps develop their workforce skills and supports their long-term financial success, in turn helping the economic progress of Arizona.
“Internship opportunities help teens build the skills they need to establish a career and get on a path toward financial stability,” said Benito Almanza, Arizona State President, Bank of America. “Helping youth access resources and skills that prepare them for future success is an important part of our efforts to address the underlying issues related to economic mobility as we work to create a thriving and diverse Valley economy.”
“This is a great win-win program for both the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley and the Bank of America students. These students are great role models and The Club exposes them to the nonprofit world,” said Mark Clavell, Area Director, Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley.
The five Arizona Student Leaders are:
• Jazin Hodge, a Tempe resident, and rising senior at McClintock High School is interning at the Ladmo Branch, Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley
• Christopher Moffitt, a Tempe resident, and recent graduate of Tempe Preparatory Academy is interning at the North Tempe Branch, Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley
• Socorro Nieves, a Phoenix resident, and recent graduate of Franklin Police and Fire High School, is interning at the Warner and Gabel Branch, Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix
• Jacinda Shelton, a Gilbert resident, and recent graduate of Higley High School is interning at Gilbert Branch, Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley
• Yecenia Villarreal, a Phoenix resident, and recent graduate of North High School is interning at the Tolleson Branch, Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix
These five students will join the more than 200 other Student Leaders from around the country in Washington D.C. on July 10-15 for a Student Leadership Summit. As part of this week-long convening, students will discuss how to build a more diverse and inclusive society, gain a better understanding of how cross-sector collaboration creates community impact, and become part of a network of community leaders that will support their citizenship and engagement. The students are joining a network of more than 55 student alumni from Phoenix and an alumni cohort of more than 2,200 Student Leaders across the country.
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