Two high school students and two recent high school graduates from Orange County have been selected to participate in a prestigious summer internship program that promotes leadership development and community engagement opportunities.
Destiny Ceja from Santa Ana High School, Catherine Liu from Oxford Academy and 2021 graduates Maya Bryson from Anaheim and Vivian Wang from Yorba Linda were recently announced as Bank of America student leaders following a competitive application process. The four fellows have since moved into paid eight-week summer internships with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast, earning $ 17 an hour. Each student also received a Chromebook through the program, which went virtual for the second year in a row.
Established in 2004, Bank of America’s Student Leaders program reaches approximately 300 community-oriented juniors and seniors across the United States each year. In addition to participating in an eight-week paid internship and engaging in a collaborative project with the support of mentors, participants are invited to a national summit.
This summer, student leaders will connect virtually across the Close Up Foundation be part of Stanford University’s Young Democracy at Home event, which encourages meaningful conversations about issues facing young people.
“Bank of America remains committed to supporting young adults by connecting them with jobs, community engagement opportunities and leadership development,” said Allen Staff, president of Bank of America Orange County. “We recognize that young adults are the future of our community, which is why programs like Student Leaders are a way to provide students with paid opportunities to gain work experience while developing a diverse talent pool. when they enter the local labor market. “
In addition to the Student Leaders initiative, Bank of America also provided grants to two nonprofits – High School Inc. and Orange County United Way – to help them provide jobs and internships to 100 teens and youth. local adults.
Here’s a little more on this year’s four Orange County student leaders:
Maya Bryson, class of 2021, Wilson High School (Long Beach)
Maya will be attending Dartmouth College, where she will study neuroscience and running. The Anaheim resident was a co-founder of her high school’s Black Students’ Union, and she launched the school district‘s first student superintendent advisory committee to give students a voice as administration makes decisions on diversity, inclusion and the general well-being of students.
Destiny Ceja, senior, Santa Ana High School
Destiny will be senior next fall and plans to continue her leadership role in several campus organizations, including as chair of the principal’s advisory committee, president of the Red Cross Club, and director of operations for the NJROTC. After being diagnosed with a neurological disorder, she became curious about the causes of these diseases and aspires to become a research-oriented neurosurgeon.
Catherine Liu, senior, Oxford Academy
Catherine will be in her final year in the fall at Oxford Academy. During the pandemic, she launched a cultural exchange program with students in Wuhan who were experiencing emotional difficulties during the first days of quarantine. The program has grown to 1,000 students in China and 50 volunteers in the United States. She also won first place in the annual national congressional art competition. His oil painting, My Grandfather, will soon be on display in the United States Capitol’s Student Art Gallery.
Vivian Wang, class of 2021, Lycée de Valence
Vivian de Yorba Linda will be attending Stanford University in the fall and plans to study computer science and applied technology. In 2014, she and her sister founded Linens N Love, a nonprofit that provides slightly imperfect towels and linens from hotel chains to needy nonprofits including animal shelters, shelters for the homeless, awareness centers for adolescents and homes for veterans.
For more information on the program, or to learn more about the eligibility criteria, visit the Student Leaders Section on the Bank of America website.