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Bank of America’s Student Leaders program connects community-minded teens to paid nonprofit internships and leadership development

RIVERSIDE – Bank of America announced that five high school students from the Inland Empire region have been selected as Student Leaders.
Part of the company’s three-year $40 million commitment to connect youth and young adults to skills, training and jobs, the Student Leaders program offers high school students who are engaged community citizens an opportunity to build their workforce and leadership skills through a paid summer internship at a local nonprofit and participation in a national leadership summit in Washington, D.C.
The Inland Empire Student Leaders are Carlos Vidrio, Kelly Pang, Samantha Stackelhouse, Tallan Donine and Zainab Qadir.
Vidrio, a Riverside resident and recent graduate of Ramona High School, is interning at The Community Foundation.
Pang, a Chino Hills resident and recent graduate of Ruben S. Ayala High School, is interning at Inland Empire United Way.
Stackelhouse, an Apple Valley resident and recent graduate of Excelsior Charter School, is interning at Family Assistance Program.
Donine, a Temecula resident and recent graduate of Chaparral High School, is interning at Boys and Girls Club Southwest County.
Qadir, a Riverside resident and recent graduate of La Sierra High School, is interning at the Riverside Art Museum.
These five students joined more than 200 other Student Leaders from around the country in Washington D.C., July 9-14, for Bank of America’s Student Leadership Summit. As part of this weeklong convening, students were able to build advocacy and inclusive leadership skills, meet with members of Congress and participate in a service learning project. They will become part of a network of community leaders that will support their ongoing citizenship and engagement. There are more than 60 student alumni from the Inland Empire market, and nearly 3,000 Student Leaders across the country have gained skills and workforce experience through the program since 2004.
The youth disconnection rate of the Inland Empire’s young workforce who are neither in school nor working is one of the highest in the nation at 16.1 percent, according to the 2017 Measure of America Youth Disconnection Report. By 2020, more than 60 percent of jobs in the U.S. will require more than a high school diploma due to ongoing rapid changes in technology and innovation, per the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. 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 that puts them on a path to success.
“Through Student Leaders, Bank of America enables young people to develop workforce and leadership skills, such as advancing diversity and inclusion, developing a greater understanding of the value of cross-sector partnerships and establishing a professional network that can lead to future career success and in turn boost the economic progress of the Inland Empire,” Al Arguello, Inland Empire market president of Bank of America, said.
Learn more at about.bankofamerica.com, and follow on Twitter at @BofA_News.
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