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Bank of America Selects Two Treasure Coast High School Students as 2022 Student Leaders

ank of America Selects Two Treasure Coast High School Students as 2022 Student Leaders
Paid Summer Internships Connect Martin and St. Lucie County Youth to Career-Building Opportunities
 
STUART, Fla. – Bank of America announced today two Treasure Coast high school students 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 prestigious, paid internship recognizes 300 community-focused juniors and seniors from across the U.S. annually and offers sessions in workforce skills, leadership, and civic engagement with local nonprofits, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County. As part of the program, they are earning $17 per hour and receive a Chromebook.
 
In Martin County, only 34% of residents aged 25 years or older have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to the latest American Community Survey. 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 over 4,400 high school students nationwide with other local nonprofits providing them paid summer youth employment opportunities. 
 
“Bank of America remains committed to supporting young adults by connecting them to jobs, community engagement opportunities, and leadership development,” said Susan Rabinowitz, president, Bank of America Treasure Coast. “We recognize young adults are the future of the Treasure Coast, 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 Treasure Coast Bank of America Student Leaders are:
 

  • Caroline Murphy: A senior at South Fork High School, Caroline has dedicated her time to serving both people and animals in need as a volunteer at St. Joseph Carpenter's Kitchen and the Humane Society. After seeing the impact COVID-19 had on elderly members of the community, she was inspired to get involved with Treasure Coast Hospice as well and has supported the organization's grief counseling programs and helped organize fundraising events. Caroline also has a passion for education and is a high school tutor for her peers.
  • Christian Baca: A class of 2022 graduate from Treasure Coast High School, Christian is an aspiring teacher who has already established himself as a young leader in the community. He has served as founder and chairman of St. Lucie Public Schools Youth Advisory Council, chairman of St. Lucie Youth Leadership and president of his school’s National Honor Society. A member of the LGBTQ+ community, Christian is committed to fighting discrimination as a mentor to other LGBTQ+ teenagers and a legal aid and translator for immigrants at Gaston Law Firm.
 
The Treasure Coast-based Student Leaders are participating in programming that includes a collaborative, mentor-focused project with Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County, where they are using their talents to offer music classes and teaching Spanish to younger children. 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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