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Pahokee student selected as Student Leader

WEST PALM BEACH — Bank of America has announced that five high school juniors and seniors from Palm Beach County have been selected as Student Leaders. This honor is part of the company’s three-year $40 million commitment to connect youth and young adults to skills, training and jobs, the program offers young people, 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 summer internship at Communities in Schools of Palm Beach County offers the young adults a chance to learn civic, social and business leadership skills and the critical role nonprofits play in the community. During their internship, they will spend time volunteering at community organizations.

Through Student Leaders, Bank of America enables young people to develop workforce and leadership skills, including 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 help the economic progress of Palm Beach County.

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Maria Haro, a junior at Pahokee High School, was named a Bank of America Student Leader.

Maria Haro, resident of Pahokee and a junior at Pahokee High School, was recently selected as a Bank of America Student Leader. Maria is incredibly passionate about community service, spending her time volunteering at the Loula V. York Library helping children develop their reading skills; a source of inspiration to her when seeing children interested in books vs technology. In addition, she has spent much of her time as part of her high school’s student council, is president of her high school’s new art club and member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and IB Diploma Program. She looks to this opportunity of being a Student Leader to help her become an even stronger leader than she already is and to share her experience with younger teens and inspire them to reach their potential.

As part of the internship, the students will join the more than 200 other Student Leaders from around the country in Washington D.C. for Bank of America’s Student Leadership Summit. As part of this week-long convening, students will 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.

Student Leaders is just one way Bank of America supports summer employment opportunities for Palm Beach County teens and young adults. The bank’s investments in youth employment in Palm Beach County are part of its broader work this summer across the country, investing more than $3 million to connect nearly 2,000 young people, including at-risk teens, to summer jobs through partnerships with mayors across the country and its Student Leaders® program.