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Santa Maria high-schooler named one of four Bank of America student leaders

Santa Maria high-schooler named one of four Bank of America student leaders

072220 Christina Flores Righetti

Righetti High School student Cristiana Flores was recently selected as one of four Tri-County high school juniors and seniors to participate in the Bank of America Student Leaders paid summer internship.

Righetti High School student Cristiana Flores was recently selected as one of four Tri-County high school juniors and seniors to participate in the Bank of America Student Leaders paid summer internship.

The Bank of America Connects Tri-County Youth to Workforce Success program connects young people to jobs, skills-building and opportunities to strengthen their communities.

As part of the student leader program, each student will be paid a $5,000 stipend.

Joining 300 other student leaders from across the nation, Flores will participate in a number of virtual session that discuss the vital role nonprofits play in advancing community health and the importance of public private partnerships to drive social change, while working on building financial acumen, a spokeswoman for the program said. 

The spokeswoman further explained that the interactive programming includes a collaborative, mentor-focused project that works closely with Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve their homes, as well as the MOXI Wolf Museum in Santa Barbara.

Without access to opportunities that build career skills and earn a paycheck, many young people may be left behind, leading to high rates of youth unemployment and hindering overall economic progress, she said.

Midge Campbell-Thomas, market president for Ventura and Santa Barbara at Bank of America, believes that the community-based program is especially vital today. 

“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,” Campbell-Thomas said.

“LUSD Child Nutrition Services will use the funds for COVID-19 related items, such as increased meal costs, protective personal equipment for staff, meal ordering software, and additional unplanned incurred costs due to the emergency response,” said Hannah Carroll, LUSD’s director of Child Nutrition Services.

Lisa André covers Valley Life for Santa Ynez Valley News. 

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