Strengthening communities while developing future leaders—that’s the goal of our Student Leaders® program

This summer, Bank of America provided more than 200 high school students paid internships at local nonprofits to help them develop into future leaders.


Through our Student Leaders® program*, we’re turning today’s teens into tomorrow’s leaders. In July, we more than 200 community-minded high school students to Washington, D.C., for our annual Bank of America Student Leaders Summit. The event was the capstone to our annual program through which we recognize high school students for their passion for serving their communities. As part of the award, students receive a paid summer job at a local nonprofit such as Habitat for Humanity or Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and participation in the leadership summit. “These young leaders offer great hope for the future,” said Kerry Sullivan, president of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. “They’re motivated, enthusiastic and seeking ways to create positive change in their local communities and globally. We believe their Student Leaders experience will help them be stronger leaders regardless of their career path.”

Leadership lessons

The summit’s themes included fostering an inclusive society for all, pathways to leadership and bridging the opportunity divide. Alastair Borthwick, head of Global Commercial Banking; and Purna Saggurti, head of Global Corporate & Investment Banking, shared their personal leadership paths and tips on leadership development. In addition, the students heard from Andrew Plepler, Bank of America’s Environmental, Social and Governance Executive. He joined Barbara Bush Jr., CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps, and leaders from across sectors for a discussion about how partnerships are needed to create positive change. Other speakers included Special Olympics Global Ambassador David Egan, as well as Nathaniel Cole, a 2004 Student Leader. The students also visited Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress from their states and participated in a service project at the American Red Cross. Their volunteer efforts resulted in 3,000 care packages for local veterans.

Eleven years, 2,200 alumni and counting

For more than a decade, we’ve invested in young people through the Student Leaders program — giving them work experience, helping them learn more about the role nonprofits play in addressing critical community needs, and preparing them to be future leaders in our communities, regardless of career path. In addition, employee volunteers connect them to Better Money Habits to help them learn how to manage what for many may be their first paycheck. Today, there are more than 2,200 alumni of the program, which is part of our broader efforts to connect young people to education, service opportunities and leadership.

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