Students Receive National Recognition for Service, Head to Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. to Examine Critical Issues Challenging Local Communities
Delaware – Acknowledging teens’ critical role as the next generation of leaders, Bank of America is providing 230 civic-minded high school juniors and seniors – including five from Delaware – with a paid, eight-week summer internship at local nonprofit organizations. These students, selected as 2011 Bank of America Student Leaders®, will gain hands-on experience and learn valuable leadership skills while providing support to nonprofits in critical need of resources. This year alone, the company is investing more than $1 million in the leadership program and has committed more than $8 million since the program’s inception in 2004.
In addition to the internships, Student Leaders participate in a week-long Bank of America Student Leadership Summit from July 10 to July 15, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Now in its fourth year, the goal of the summit is to inspire students, who are already answering the nation’s call to service, to remain committed to service and to equip them with tools and resources to continue their positive contributions in their communities.
Local Student Leaders are:
• Mankaprr Conteh, a Bear resident, and rising senior at Appoquinimink High School, is interning at Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, Inc.
• Joyce Li, a Hockessin resident, and recent graduate at Charter School of Wilmington, is interning at Latin American Community Center, Inc.
• Faith Lyons, a Wilmington resident, and rising senior at Tower Hill School, is interning at Latin American Community Center, Inc.
• Amy Micklos, a Newark resident, and recent graduate at Newark High School, is interning at Boys & Girls Club of Delaware, Inc.
• Lauren Mirzakhalili, a Dover resident, and recent graduate of Dover High School, is interning at Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, Inc.
“As teens are disproportionately affected by high unemployment rates, our Student Leaders program helps match civic-minded youth with nonprofit organizations in need of extra resources,” said Chip Rossi, Delaware president, Bank of America. “At Bank of America, we strongly believe that an investment in future leaders plays a pivotal role in revitalizing our communities. Through this initiative, we’re equipping young people with invaluable learning and professional development experiences while helping to create a culture of service in our own backyard.”
Through a series of interactive workshops, including sessions on financial education, environmental sustainability, nonprofit leadership and Capitol Hill briefings, the summit broadens students’ understanding of how service creates positive change in communities