Bank of America Seeks High School Leaders in Orange County

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bank_america_logoStudent Leaders Applications Due January 12, 2011; Teens to Receive Paid Summer Internships

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has issued a call for applications for its national Student Leaders program, which honors and awards five civic-minded high school juniors or seniors in each of the 45 participating communities for their commitment to and demonstration of community service and leadership. Applications are due by January 12, 2011 and can be submitted online at www.bankofamerica.com/neistudentleaders.  Each student is asked to include a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor or principal with his or her application.
The 2011 Student Leaders will participate in paid eight-week summer internships at local nonprofit organizations and will travel to Washington, D.C. to attend the week-long Bank of America Student Leadership Summit. There, they will learn how service creates positive change in communities and how nonprofit, government and corporate collaboration is instrumental in community revitalization.

The Student Leaders program is part of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s larger Neighborhood Excellence Initiative®, its signature philanthropic program launched in 2004 that recognizes and rewards organizations, individuals and students for their service and leadership with the goal of helping to revitalize communities economically and socially. By the end of 2011, the initiative’s total commitment will exceed $150 million, and nearly 700 nonprofits organizations, 1,700 community leaders and 1,700 high school students will be awarded.

Award recipients are chosen by local selection committees comprised of private, public and nonprofit sector leaders and chaired by local Bank of America executives in the 45 participating communities.

Bank of America Corporate Philanthropy
Building on a long-standing tradition of investing in the communities it serves, last year Bank of America embarked on a new, 10-year goal to donate $2 billion to nonprofit organizations engaged in improving the health and vitality of their neighborhoods. Funded by Bank of America, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation gave more than $200 million in 2009, making the bank one of the largest corporate cash donors in the United States.  Bank of America approaches investing through a national strategy under which it works with local leaders to identify and meet the most pressing needs of individual communities.  Reaffirming a commitment to develop and sustain a culture of service, the bank announced the “Million Hour Challenge,” a pledge by the company’s associates around the world to donate 1 million volunteer hours by the end of 2010. In 2009, bank associate volunteers contributed more than 800,000 hours to enhance the quality of life in their communities nationwide. For more information about Bank of America Corporate Philanthropy, please visit www.bankofamerica.com/foundation.

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