Two Manatee students named Bank of America Student Leaders

This article was originally published in the Herald-Tribune.

Manatee County high school students Isabella Macias and Carson Lewis have been selected for internships as Bank of America Student Leaders, based on their community work.

As Student Leaders, they will attend a leadership summit in Washington, D.C., with hundreds of fellow students from around the country to meet with members of Congress and will also work closely with the Boys & Girls Club of Manatee County this summer to improve the lives of people in the community who are in need.

Macias is a Parrish resident and a junior at Braden River High School. She is vice president of UnidosNow, a student-led organization devoted to helping low-income, first-generation Latinos attend college and other underprivileged students select their career paths. She has spent hundreds of hours volunteering at local schools through organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs, where she works with students who have learning disabilities and other disadvantages.

Macias is an immigrant who says that seeing the power education had on her family led her to dedicate herself to helping others around her pursue their education as well.

Lewis is a Palmetto resident and a senior at Palmetto High School. He has dedicated his time to addressing issues related to mental health by helping younger children and adolescents grow to become healthy and contributing members of this community. He is passionate about working with children with special needs as well as those who come from foster homes, spending nearly all his time outside the classroom volunteering for organizations like Top Soccer and the Florida Youth Home. He teaches children ages 10 to 13 at his local church every Sunday.

This summer, Lewis hopes to learn new lessons that will help him become a better leader and set an example for the youth in his community.

Bank of America Student Leaders is a philanthropic program that offers young people an opportunity to build their workforce and leadership skills through a paid summer internship at a local nonprofit and the ability to help improve their communities. Now in its 15th year, the program has recognized nearly 3,500 Student Leaders from across the country. With its expansion to the Sarasota/Manatee region, as well as 29 additional markets across the U.S., the program will engage nearly 300 young people during the summer of 2019.

“Building workforce skills early can help prepare a young person for long-term success,” said Mike McCoy, Sarasota-Manatee market president for Bank of America. “Connecting individuals to the training and jobs needed to accomplish their career goals ultimately strengthens the Sarasota-Manatee community, we are thrilled to welcome these incredible students into our program.”

Originally published 5/23/2019