- Student Features
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2021
INDIANAPOLIS – Bank of America today announced that the four Indianapolis-area high school juniors and seniors selected as Student Leaders (#BofAStudentLeaders) have started their paid summer internship experience of workforce skills, leadership, and civic engagement with local nonprofit Christamore House. The Student Leaders will spend the summer working with the nonprofit’s outreach team as community engagement liaisons and will actively seek additional ways to serve the Haughville community and Christamore House clients. Similar to last year, the Bank of America Student Leader program has been adapted to a virtual format.
Without access to career skills-building opportunities like the Student Leaders program, many young people may be left behind from a fast-changing job market, leading to higher rates of youth unemployment. Bank of America recognizes that early employment leads to success later in life. By building a resume and professional networks, young people can improve academic performance, strengthen their understanding of teamwork and the value of work ethic, and develop critical communications skills.
“Bank of America remains committed to supporting young adults by connecting them to jobs, community engagement opportunities and leadership development,” said Andy Crask, president, Bank of America Indianapolis. “We recognize young adults are the future of our community, which is why programs like Student Leaders are one way we can provide paid opportunities for students to gain job experience while developing a diverse pipeline of talent as they enter the local workforce.”
The Student Leaders program, which started nationally in 2004 and began in Indianapolis in 2019, recognizes 300 community-focused juniors and seniors from across the U.S. annually. The Indianapolis-based Student Leaders will engage in an eight-week paid internship and participate in programming that includes a collaborative, mentor-focused project working closely with Christamore House. Their responsibilities include developing surveys to assess community needs, implementing marketing plans and projects for new and existing programs alongside Christamore House’s outreach team, managing social media, and working with the nonprofit to implement advertising strategies. In addition, they will participate virtually in sessions on the vital role nonprofits play in advancing community health and the importance of public-private partnerships to drive social change while building financial acumen.
As part of this summer’s program, Student Leaders will also take part in a virtual Summit in partnership with the Close Up Foundation to participate in Stanford University’s Young Democracy at Home program, which encourages conversation about current issues facing young people today.
The Class of 2021 Indianapolis Bank of America Student Leaders are:
Jalynn Chang lives in Carmel, Indiana, and just graduated from Carmel High School. He will be a freshman at Purdue University in the fall. Jalynn was involved in many community and volunteer activities in high school including being a member of the youth leadership team of Tzu Chi, an international humanitarian organization based in Taiwan, a member of the Advancement for Asian Americans in Arts and Athletics, and was principal violist for the Indianapolis Symphony Side by Side Orchestra. Having grown up on a farm, Jalynn used his experience to own and operate his own stand at the Carmel Farmers Market where he provided his customers with fresh produce while also exposing them to Asian culture and food. Jalynn hopes his experience as a Bank of America Student Leader helps introduce him to career options while also learning about how nonprofits help the greater community.
Vishnu Iyer lives in Zionsville, Indiana, and will be a senior at University High School in Carmel. Vishnu is involved in many volunteer activities including School on Wheels, Red Cross, and Marion County Commission on Youth (MCCOY). He is also founder and president of the Youth Emergency Preparedness Club at his school. As a one-on-one tutor with School on Wheels, Vishnu was inspired to make a positive change for kids experiencing homelessness by providing them access to quality education. Vishnu hopes his experience as a Bank of America Student Leader will allow him to immerse himself in community service while gaining real-world experience with a nonprofit organization, learning networking skills and being part of a larger team that hopes to shape positive change in the community.
Nia Simmons lives in Indianapolis, and will be a senior at the International School of Indiana. Her community and volunteer activities include the Black Student Union, Girl Scouts, and Student Council. A gifted writer, Nia’s poetry has been featured in an exhibit at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, and she was also able to meet Ruby Bridges because of the experience. Nia is the founder and co-president of the Gryphon News Network, a student announcement club that allows Nia and her fellow students to speak about the issues of racism and injustice to her school community. She hopes her internship as a Bank of America Student Leader helps her achieve her goal to become a politician to affect real change and represent disenfranchised members of our community and the country overall.
Madison Guyse lives in Indianapolis, and just graduated from Lawrence Central High School. She will be a freshman at Ball State University in the fall. While in high school, Madison was a member of the Black Student Union, National Honors Society, and was captain of her basketball team. She was also a member of Young Women in Leadership, which empowers young women like herself to become strong, smart, and bold leaders in the community. Madison believes successful leaders should have the ability to take charge and help others achieve a common goal, and she hopes her experience as a Bank of America Student Leader will give her additional leadership training while working alongside like-minded youth to impact and influence change.
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