Five North Jersey high school students were announced as #BofAStudentLeaders Aug. 11, selected to take part in an eight-week, paid internship from Bank of America.
Annabelle Hur, Norwood – Academy of the Holy Angels
Vanessa Iwuoha – Newark Essex County Vocational-Technical School, Newark Tech Campus
Annalie Diaz – West New York, Memorial High School
Alisha Varma, Jersey City – Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School
Amirah Oladoja, Woodbridge Township – Woodbridge High School
In the Garden State, Student Leaders work closely with the Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey to provide administrative support and help to shape the experiences of local children engaged in the local chapters. As part of the program, students earn $17 per hour and receive a Chromebook.
The Student Leaders program dates to 2004. According to Bank of America, it offers hands-on, career-building skills opportunities and experiences to 300 community-focused high school juniors and seniors each year.
“This is a win-win for New Jersey. So many organizations need talented young people to help serve our communities. With the Student Leaders program, we’re able to pair some of New Jersey’s best and brightest students with nonprofit jobs that will truly have an impact,” said Alberto Garofalo, president, Bank of America New Jersey. “Young adults are the future of our state, and programs like Student Leaders are one way we can provide paid opportunities that help pave the way for the next generation of the local workforce.”
BofA said current Student Leaders are midway through the program. Participants complete an application process and are selected for their leadership, background, passion and commitment to New Jersey’s local communities, according to Bank of America.
“We are thrilled to have this year’s Student Leaders working alongside our dedicated Club youth staff throughout Northern New Jersey,” said Susan Haspel, state director, Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey. “Their perspective has been invaluable, and through our partnership with Bank of America we can help provide them with important leadership training and hands-on work experience.”