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Bay Area Students Give Back to the Community and Gain Leadership Skills Through Summer Student Program

Cameron Siler-Nixon and Kate Martin are on a mission to help the kids at Boys and Girls Club Pinellas Park.

“I want to work with children. I want to help them thrive, achieve their dreams, and achieve their dreams,” Siler-Nixon said. “So I saw this opportunity and took it.”

They are among four teenagers who have been selected from hundreds for paid summer jobs at the Boys and Girls Club.

“Honestly, it’s been an amazing experience. It’s something I can’t get anywhere else,” Martin said. “I had an incredible relationship here at the Boys and Girls Club, and it’s something I’ll take with me for the rest of my life.”

Their internships are part of Bank of America’s Student Leader program. The goal of the 18-year-old program is to help develop future leaders. Teens gain hands-on work experience in their community by working for a nonprofit organization.

“They learn what it takes to make change happen in the community and really learn in depth all the elements that a nonprofit needs to run a nonprofit,” said Ann Shaler of Bank of America.

It’s an experience they can both use. Martin already has a non-profit organization called “MK Blanket Wrap” and provides free blankets to homeless people.

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“I want to help people in the future, you know, in any way I can, whether it’s medical or business. I run my own non-profit organization and I want to continue running it until in college. And I learned the skills here and how to grow my nonprofit so I can continue to run it and reach more people,” Martin said.

Bank of America Student Leadership Program Students

Siler-Nixon revived her school’s Black Student Union to provide a place that supports all students.

“Children don’t necessarily feel safe because they don’t feel represented inside the classroom or inside the school. So just having a place where they can find their voice and come together with people who understand the situation is something really special.” said Siler-Nixon.

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The teenagers are grateful for the two months of free training offered by the program.

Bank of America Student Leadership Program Students

“Honestly, it was so much better than I could have imagined. I had to work with children. I had to go to board meetings. I had to travel, stop. J met some great, great people and formed a lot of connections that I never would have thought of at first,” Siler-Nixon explained.

Shaping young minds to drive long-term positive change.