Since 2012, Bank of America has invested more than $14 million to connect over 5,000 young people to jobs and internships that will give them skills and experience for future success.
SUPER: Nathaniel Cole, Executive Director, Urban Alliance, Washington, DC
When I reflect on my first year as a student leader, I went into the experience open to a new opportunity and it provided me with this experience that was the springboard for the work that I’m doing now. I had no idea at that point that my internship would shape the work that I would do in years to come.
SUPER: Ruth-Ann Patricia Bowen, PMO Analyst, Global Technology & Operations, Bank of America
My internship was through Year Up with Bank of America and it helped me find my career path. I knew instantly that this is what I wanted to do and this is what I could do. They found the skills inside of me that some of them I didn't even know I had.
Graphic: Bank of America supports youth employment by funding interns at nonprofit organizations and by providing opportunities within our own company.
SUPER: Aaron Smith, Intern, East Lake Foundation
I knew that we would be going to work, we’d be getting paid for it but there were all these intangible things like it prepared me for interviews, I knew how to dress going in, I knew how to conduct myself, what things to say. I had good work habits staying on task, showing up on time and then lastly the better money habits workshop where we learned about everything from savings accounts to college loans to how to open a credit card and how to use those things responsibly. And so these are things that I think employers take for granted but students don’t really think about consciously and so the program sort of forces us to think about these things and build really good habits about what it’s like to be a member of the workforce.
Graphic: For more than a decade, Bank of America has invested in young people through its Student Leaders® program, placing them in nonprofit internships across the U.S.
SUPER: Anya Mariee Carthy, Intern, Bank of America
It gave me a big confidence boost and it helped me dream bigger. I feel like know that I have my feet wet I guess you can say I know if I set long term career goals or even short term goals I know that I can do it.
Ruth-Ann Patricia Bowen
There are young people out there who are bright, they are talented however they haven’t been afforded the same opportunities and programs that partner with Bank of America allow them that opportunity to go in and get that work experience. They allow them the opportunity to break the glass ceiling and to make better lives for themselves and their families.
Graphic: In the U.S., the youth unemployment rate is more than two times the national average, impacting low-income and minority communities disproportionately.
For us to question what the next workforce will look like without putting time and energy into young people and youth employment is setting us up for failure. So when companies like Bank of America are providing internship experiences for youth we’re beginning to move in the right direction of making sure that the next workforce, the next generation is prepared and they’re best prepared when there exposed today.
Graphic: Since 2012, Bank of America has invested more than $14 million to connect over 5,000 young people to jobs and internships that will give them skills and experience for future success.
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