Houston community spotlight

Apr 02, 2014

We're making new connections in Houston every day. Explore the stories below and see how we're helping support local businesses, fuel the economy, and bring the community closer together.

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Inspiring a student’s passion

Robert Jackson worked multiple jobs to help his single mother make ends meet – paying for groceries and covering the rent. Now, he’s a student at New York University studying theater and politics, trying to earn money to cover incidental college expenses. Jackson was one of 50 students to receive a paid summer internship through Houston’s Summer Youth Initiative and Bank of America. He spent last summer working part-time at the city’s Alley Theatre and in a retail store, gaining valuable work experience and support for college.

Learn more about how Bank of America supports workforce development & education in our communities.

A home fit for a Purple Heart

Just in time for the holidays, Marine Sergeant Jorge Segura and his family were given a debt-free, mortgage-free home near Houston. After serving bravely for more than 10 years, Segura was wounded in two separate combat attacks in Afghanistan, including an enemy ambush where he pulled 11 fellow Marines to safety. Bank of America recognized the sacrifice of this Purple Heart recipient by donating the Segura family’s new home together with the Texas Sentinels Foundation.

To see photos from the Segura family home donation, visit the Texas Sentinels Foundation page.

Learn more about our longstanding commitment to the troops.

First-generation American heads to the Ivy League

Carlos Sotelo’s family benefited from the Houston Food Bank during his childhood. Years later, he was provided a paid summer internship there by Bank of America. Sotelo was selected for his volunteerism and hard work, values instilled in him by his father. It was those values that inspired him to create the Summer College Seminars at Sam Rayburn High School. Through this work, the Princeton University student is helping to shape the next generation of Houston leaders.

Learn more about our Student Leaders program.

Read more about Sotelo in Houston’s local paper.

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