Bank of America recently announced that the four Palm Beach County high school juniors and seniors selected for the prestigious Student Leaders program have started their paid summer internship experience of leadership, civic engagement and workforce skills-building.
In light of the health concerns that remain in local communities, the program has been adapted to a virtual format, through which students’ will have the opportunity to participate in sessions that will expose them to the vital role that nonprofits play in advancing community health, the importance of public-private partnerships to advance social change, and a focus on building financial acumen.
The Class of 2020 Palm Beach County-based Bank of America Student Leaders include two from Wellington. Ashley Kulberg, a rising senior at the American Heritage School in Delray Beach, is passionate about debate and politics. She also has a pen pal in Bali and traveled to see her as part of her work with the school’s chapter of Education Rocks. Katherine Oung, a rising senior at the A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, is passionate about civic engagement and politics. She was recently featured in The New York Times for her op-ed titled “Coronavirus Racism Infected My High School.”
Other honorees include recent Santaluces High School graduate Zoe Farrell of Boynton Beach and Daniel Sanchez of Boca Raton, a rising senior at West Boca Raton High School.
Palm Beach County Student Leaders will participate in programming that leverages Bank of America’s national partnerships and expertise and will work closely with the bank’s Palm Beach County leadership and nonprofit partners. They will participate in a collaborative, mentoring-focused project working closely with Communities in Schools of Palm Beach County to develop and deliver a social media strategy to support the organization’s efforts.
In addition, Student Leaders will engage in conversations focused on social justice, civil rights and how to build a more diverse and inclusive society, and have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of their personal finances through Better Money Habits, Bank of America’s financial wellness and education platform.
“Now more than ever, as we collectively navigate the challenges we face in our communities, we remain committed to supporting youth and young adults of all backgrounds by connecting them to jobs, skills-building and leadership development,” said Fabiola Brumley, Palm Beach County market president and vice chairman, business banking for Bank of America. “Creating opportunities for our youth to gain skills and build a network is a powerful investment in the future of our community.”
As part of their Student Leader experience, each student will receive a $5,000 stipend.