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Bank of America Connects Bakersfield Youth to Workforce Success Through Paid Virtual Summer Internship Program

by Vaun Thygerson
Contributing writer and mother of three
Bank of America recently selected a Bakersfield high school junior and a senior to participate as Student Leaders in a paid virtual summer internship experience of leadership, civic engagement, and workforce skills-building with local nonprofit Kern Community Foundation. The Class of 2020 Bakersfield Bank of America Student Leaders are Bridgette Berry of Bakersfield, Garces Memorial High School, and Leyda Patino, of Bakersfield, South High School.

Both participants have a strong commitment to community service. Leyda has helped lead her school efforts to raise money and encourage other students to volunteer for the American Cancer Society.  She will attend University of California, Santa Barbara, in the fall.  Bridgette has been a dedicated volunteer at Kern Medical in the NICU.  She aspires to be a catalyst for her community one day, helping to combat issues of homelessness and affordable housing.    

 “Now more than ever, as we collectively navigate the challenges we face in our communities, Bank of America remains committed to supporting young adults of all backgrounds by connecting them to jobs, skills-building, and leadership development,” says Karen Zuber, market manager, Bank of America. “Creating opportunities for our youth to gain skills and build a network is a powerful investment in the future of our community.”

The Student Leaders will participate virtually in sessions on the vital role nonprofits play in advancing community health and the importance of public-private partnerships to drive social change, while building financial acumen.  In addition, they will join 300 other Student Leaders from across the country for a dialogue on the role of citizenship and how cross sector collaboration creates community impact. The virtual program, “Young America Together at Home” will be delivered by the Close Up Foundation and include discussions about finding one’s voice in order to affect change and address pressing policy issues such as the economy, healthcare, the environment, and immigration.

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