Five Phoenix-metro high school students have started their Bank of America paid summer internship experience of leadership, civic engagement and workforce skills-building with local nonprofit Boys and Girls Clubs of the Valley.
In light of the health concerns that remain in local communities, the program has been adapted to a virtual format, according to a release.
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,” Benito Almanza, Arizona market president, Bank of America, said in the release. “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 Phoenix Bank of America Student Leaders are:
The student leaders will participate 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 programming that includes a collaborative, mentor-focused project working closely with Boys and Girls Club of the Valley, the release states.
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.
In addition to student leaders, Bank of America is connecting approximately 3,000 young adults nationwide to paid summer jobs this year through various programs such as its Financial Center Intern Program, which is providing 15 Phoenix students paid summer jobs, according to the release.