This summer, five local teens were selected for the Bank of America Student Leaders program, an honor bestowed on approximately 300 U.S. high school juniors and seniors annually since 2004.
Tyler Chiu of Porter Ranch, Ricardo Cuautle of La Puente, Lizette Gonzalez of Inglewood, Alexis Martin of View Park/Windsor Hills and Troy Miyazato of Torrance served their communities through eight-week-long internships with community nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity of the San Gabriel Valley and the Discovery Cube Los Angeles.
Designed to help build a sense of civic-mindedness, these internships also give students the opportunity to gain first-hand job skills. Selected participants also traveled to Washington D.C., to attend a week-long, all-expenses-paid, national leadership summit that included a chance to meet with members of Congress.
“The teens selected for this year’s program are truly extraordinary and already are inspiring their classmates to higher levels of achievement and community involvement,” said Raul A. Anaya, president of Bank of America Greater Los Angeles. “The Student Leaders program is just one example of how we connect people to meaningful employment resources, while also instilling the importance of giving back to your community.”
Applications for the 2024 Bank of America Student Leaders program cycle are expected to be available in October. Eligibility information is available online.