Bank of America Connects Valley Youth to Workforce Success Through Paid Summer Internship


Student Leaders program and Boys & Girls Clubs connect young people to jobs, skills-building and opportunities to strengthen our community

Phoenix  – The five Valley students selected as Bank of America’s Student Leaders have started their paid summer internship experience of workforce skills, leadership, and civic engagement with local nonprofit Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley. This year, students are earning $17 per hour and have the option to voluntarily participate in in-person activities as part of the internship. 

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. As part of its commitment to workforce development, Bank of America also has invested $171,000 to support Youth Employment programs through Boys & Girls Clubs across Arizona. In addition, the bank is connecting teens and young adults to paid jobs and internships through additional partnerships with organizations such as Arizona State University and Pima Community College. 

“Bank of America remains committed to supporting young adults in Phoenix by investing in a broad ecosystem that connects them to jobs, community engagement opportunities and leadership development,” said Benito Almanza, president, Bank of America Phoenix. “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 complete Class of 2021 Arizona Bank of America Student Leaders are:

  • Bryan, Laveen, Betty H. Fairfax High School
  • Katelyn, Scottsdale, BASIS Scottsdale
  • Gabriela, Glendale, Independence High School
  • Luca, Mesa, BASIS Mesa
  • Katherine, Chandler, BASIS Chandler
  • Alex, Tucson, BASIS Tucson North 
  • Jimena, Tucson, Salpointe Catholic High School

The Student Leaders program, which started in 2004, recognizes 300 community-focused juniors and seniors from across the U.S. annually. The Phoenix-based Student Leaders are engaging in an eight-week paid internship and participating in programming that includes a collaborative, mentor-focused project working closely with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley through their AZYouthforce Program. 

In addition, the students received Chromebooks and are participating 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 just completed 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. 

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