Student Leaders Wanted: Apply to Create Positive Change

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Applications for the Bank of America Student Leadership Program are due by January 12, 2011.

Are you committed to making a positive impact in your community? Then, you might have what it takes to be a Bank of America Student Leader. If you are a student with a passion for improving your community, this is your chance to turn that passion into action. Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Initiative is a program that trains youth to do more.

Last summer, Bank of America partnered with 90 nonprofit organizations to put 230 civic-minded high schoolers to work as part of the Student Leaders program. Chosen in recognition of their service to the community, students learned the finer points of nonprofit management and leadership while simultaneously providing valuable service to nonprofits in critical need of resources. In 2011, the company hopes to inspire even more students to serve their communities and provide them with greater tools and resources to effect change.

Apply for the Student Leaders Program

Open to high school juniors and seniors, the Student Leadership program is an opportunity for youth to develop the leadership skills necessary to make a difference. Students learn how nonprofits, government and business can work together to create positive change and connect with other community-minded students by participating in

  • An eight-week paid internship at a nonprofit/charitable organization;
  • A week-long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, DC (July) to gain valuable civic, social and business leadership skills (all expenses paid as part of the Student Leaders Program)

Applications are due by January 12, 2011. For more information or to apply, visit

Bank of America Student Leaders Program

The Student Leaders program is one component of the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative (NEI), the company’s signature philanthropic program in its seventh year that recognizes and rewards service and leadership by organizations, individuals and students in 44 cities across the country and in London. Bank of America recognizes five exemplary high school juniors or seniors in each market who have demonstrated a commitment to community service and leadership. By the end of the summer, more than 1,400 students will have participated in the program since its inception.

The student Leaders program supports Bank of America’s long-standing belief that investing in leadership – from students to nonprofit leaders—is critical to revitalizing the economic and social health of communities. The program’s goals include:

  • Priming students to develop further as the next generation of strong, knowledgeable leaders who create positive change beginning in —and ultimately extending beyond – their own backyards;
  • Strengthening the capacity and resources of nonprofits in communities served by the bank and where students live, and;
  • Expanding the company’s efforts to create a culture of global service to address pressing community issues.

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