Harlem Graduate Student And Others Selected As Bank Of America Student Leader

Bank of America announced four New York City high school graduates selected as Student Leaders (#BofAStudentLeaders).

They have started their paid summer internship experience of leadership, civic engagement, and workforce skills-building.

This year, the format of the program will be a hybrid of virtual elements and optional in-person activities.


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The Student Leaders program, which started in 2004, recognizes 300 community-focused juniors and seniors from across the U.S. annually.

The Class of 2021 New York City Bank of America Student Leaders is:

  • Adam Johnson-Hill, an East Harlem resident and recent graduate of the Dalton School
  • Nicole Kim, a Queens resident and recent graduate of the Hunter College High School
  • Chantel Umeozor, a Queens resident and recent graduate of the Brooklyn Latin School
  • Kaylah Frazier, a Bronx resident and recent graduate of Medgar Evers College Preparatory School

The New York City Student Leaders have already made an impact on the development of their communities through volunteerism and extracurricular activities.

This year’s Student Leaders have mentored and tutored fellow students, held student government leadership positions, driven diversity and inclusion efforts, and are involved with organizations such as the Children’s Aid Society, Integrate NYC, Girl Scouts of Greater New York, and the National Honors Society.

The Student Leaders program will help these students further develop their leadership skills and empower them through their journey as changemakers.

The eight-week program leverages Bank of America’s national connections and expertise, giving students the opportunity to work closely with the bank’s New York City leadership and nonprofit partners.

The Student Leaders will participate in a collaborative, mentor-focused paid internship with the YMCA of Greater New York helping the organization deliver programs that empower youth and strengthen the community.

The students will conduct research and develop social media campaigns while also learning about fundraising, grant writing and event planning.

In addition to their internships, the students joined nearly 300 Student Leaders from across the country for a week-long Student Leadership Summit that explored how nonprofits, governments, and businesses collaborate to meet local needs.

While traditionally held in Washington, D.C. the summit was adapted to a virtual platform this year and continued to feature the core elements including plenary sessions on pressing topics like Race in America, a mock Congress exercise, Capitol Hill meetings with local representatives, and a service-learning project with Save the Children.

“The Bank of America Student Leaders program reinforces our commitment to workforce development by connecting youth to employment, community engagement, and leadership opportunities,” said Jose Tavarez, President, Bank of America New York City. “Young adults are the future of our community, and through Student Leaders we are developing a diverse pipeline of talent with competitive skills and a unique network that will transform our local workforce.”

Programs like Student Leaders provide access to career skills-building opportunities helping young people that may otherwise be left behind from a fast-changing job market, leading to higher rates of youth unemployment.

As part of its commitment to workforce development as a pathway to economic mobility, Bank of America is connecting hundreds of teens and young adults to paid jobs and internships both at the bank through its summer employment programs, and at companies and nonprofits across New York City through programs like Career & Technical Education Summer Scholars with the NYC Department of Education and the CUNY New York Yankees Sports Management Internship Program.

At Bank of America, we’re guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection.

We’re delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social, and governance (ESG) leadership.

ESG is embedded across our eight lines of business and reflects how we help fuel the global economy, build trust and credibility, and represent a company that people want to work for, invest in, and do business with.

It’s demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our clients, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive.

An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer, and environmental organizations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact.

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