Nikki & Genesis will be on site with us all summer as a part of the Bank of America Student Leader program. Genesis is a graduating high school senior from Claremont Academy. Genesis is positively known at Claremont Academy as an extraordinary student both in the classroom and in the Main South community. She is highly motivated by helping others and she takes great pride in giving back to the Worcester community. Nikki is a rising senior at North High School in Worcester. She is a first-generation, born in Vietnam, and immigrated to the United States when she was 14 years old. As an immigrant, she values hard work, resilience, and faith. In her community, she is the founder of Matter Catchers, which is an after-school tutoring program that connects with immigrant students who struggle with their schoolwork because of language barriers.
Bank of America is helping develop the next generation of community leaders through its Student Leaders program which recognizes community-minded high school students and connects them to employment, skills development and service. The Student Leaders Program provides young people with tangible work experience and leadership skills at a critical time as youth unemployment hovers above 20%. The program, now in its 17th year with more than 3,200 alumni, invests in young leaders by providing over 300 high school juniors and seniors from across the country with a paid, eight-week, virtual paid summer internship with a local nonprofit and participation in a week-long Student Leaders Summit in July. During the summit, students gain valuable civic, business, and public sector perspectives through activities such as leadership development, community service, and Capitol Hill meetings.