2022 Bank of America Student Leaders Embark on Local Internships
Paid Summer Internships Connects Horry County Youth to Career Building Opportunities
MYRTLE BEACH – Two Horry County high schoolers were selected as Bank of America Student Leaders® (#BofAStudentLeaders) this year to participate in an eight-week summer internship providing students with first-hand experience in serving their communities. These students have started their paid internship experience of workforce skills, leadership, and civic engagement with the YMCA of Coastal Carolina. As part of the program, they will earn $17 per hour, receive a Chromebook, and participate in a virtual leadership summit.
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. Along with the Student Leaders program, Bank of America is partnering with other nonprofit partners to fund paid jobs and internships across the Horry County region as part of the bank’s overall commitment to youth employment and workforce development as a pathway to economic mobility.
“Bank of America remains committed to supporting young adults by connecting them to jobs, community engagement opportunities and leadership development,” said Robin Agnew, president, Bank of America Myrtle Beach. “We recognize young adults are the future of our Myrtle Beach 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 Class of 2022 Horry County Bank of America Student Leaders were selected for their leadership, background, passion, and commitment to community.
- Lorraine “Rani” Shelton (Scholar’s Academy rising senior) – is an honors student with a passion for volunteerism and service at local nonprofits.
- Camden Smith (Scholar’s Academy 2022 graduate) – is a motivated leader who assists others through tutoring and in his customer-friendly approach to his part-time job.
“These Bank of America Student Leaders are super bright and bring an eager ‘ready to go’ work ethic to helping the YMCA fulfill its spirit-mind-body mission,” said Marc McCulley, Operations Director, YMCA of Coastal Carolina. “Rani and Camden are maximizing their learning through direct participation in a rotation of YMCA programs. As these students gain valuable leadership experiences by leveraging their skillsets, they will also leave a legacy of creativity, energy, and unique projects that will benefit the Coastal Carolina YMCA, its members, and the community into the future.”
Started in 2004, the Student Leaders program recognizes 300 community-focused juniors and seniors from across the U.S. annually. The Horry County-based Student Leaders are participating in programming that includes a collaborative, mentor-focused project with YMCA of Coastal Carolina. The students will work to deliver the YMCA's spirit-mind-body mission as they participate in a rotation of leadership experiences from helping customers and summer campers to shadowing YMCA executives. They will also work together to produce digital media assets that the YMCA will be able to leverage for future programming and promotions after the summer internship concludes.
Bank of America Student Leaders will also participate in a virtual Leadership Summit, delivered in partnership with the Close Up Foundation. The Summit will include opportunities to engage with congressional leaders, hear from leaders in civil and human rights and the Stanford University Young Democracy at Home program which encourages conversation about current issues facing young people today.
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Caption: Bank of America 2022 Myrtle Beach Student Leaders, Camden Smith and Rani Shelton (left to right).
College of Charleston - M.O.V.E
Our Fall Multicultural Overnight Visit Experience (M.O.V.E) application is LIVE.
February 24-25 and March 17-18 (admitted students only). The registration link will be live later in the academic year.
Check-in Time: Friday, 9 a.m.
Check-out Time: Saturday, 1 p.m.
M.O.V.E. is free of charge and space is limited. (Note: This event if for high school juniors and seniors.)
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