Bank of America announced four Broward County high seniors were selected as Student Leaders® (#BofAStudentLeaders), an eight-week summer internship providing students with first-hand experience in serving their communities. Started in 2004, the Student Leaders program recognizes 300 community-focused juniors and seniors from across the U.S. annually. The prestigious, paid internship experience offers workforce skills, leadership, and civic engagement with local nonprofits, including the YMCA of South Florida. As part of the program, they are earning $17 per hour and received a Chromebook.
Without access to career skills-building opportunities like the Student Leaders program, many young people may be left behind from a fast-changing job market, leading to higher rates of youth unemployment. Along with the Student Leaders program, Bank of America is connecting more than 17 teens and young adults to paid jobs and internships across Broward County with local nonprofits and the bank’s own Financial Center Intern Program as part of its commitment to workforce development as a pathway to economic mobility.
“Bank of America remains committed to supporting young adults by connecting them to jobs, community engagement opportunities and leadership development,” said Lori Chevy, president, Bank of America Fort Lauderdale. “We recognize young adults are the future of Broward County, which is why programs like Student Leaders are one way we can provide paid opportunities for students to gain job experience while developing a diverse pipeline of talent as they enter the local workforce.”
The Class of 2022 Broward County Bank of America Student Leaders are:
- Elizabeth Insuasti: An upcoming senior at Florida Atlantic University High School, she founded the Bright Learners Club to address a lack of education and resources for low-income and disadvantaged students. For over two years, her club’s goal has been to facilitate a love of learning to aid students’ performance through its programs and tutoring sessions. She aspires to expand her services to more age ranges as well as provide more subjects.
- Mudit Marwaha: An upcoming senior at American Heritage School, he is Class President and dedicated to educating students and those from marginalized communities about STEM. To address this learning gap, he and a team of his peers created StemWarriorHacks, a nonprofit hackathon aimed to inspire young innovators and thinkers to pursue a career in the field of programming, which recently included over 500 participants from across the globe.
- Jason Vadnos: An upcoming senior at Plantation High School, he previously worked with the Plantation City Councilmember Internship program, which connects students with their community by allowing them to work directly with local policymakers. He also worked with the Literacy Advocacy Council, which promotes healthy reading habits for K-3 students, his school’s National Honor Society Club, where he founded a program that creates Little Libraries, and his county school board. In the future, he hopes to devote a political career to creating a fair schooling system at the local, state and national level.
- Claire Wang: An upcoming senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, she is inspired to make a difference. As vice president of her school’s coding club, she encourages her peers to learn how to code and implement it into their lives to benefit the community. She also participated in the Youth Leadership Institute sponsored by the United Way of Broward County, where she attended workshops centered on mental health, resilience and leadership.
The Broward County-based Student Leaders are participating in programming that includes a collaborative, mentor-focused project with the YMCA of South Florida. Bank of America Student Leaders will also participate in a virtual Leadership Summit, delivered in partnership with the Close Up Foundation. The Summit will include opportunities to engage with congressional leaders, hear from leaders in civil and human rights and the Stanford University Young Democracy at Home program which encourages conversation about current issues facing young people today.
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