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Pictured above: Julia Weinstein, Bonnie Lin, Kristian Arceo, Leslie Renteria, and Joseph Ekyoci

July 7, 2015—Community HousingWorks (CHW) – a nonprofit organization that builds and owns affordable apartment homes and helps people move up in the world – is the proud host of five Bank of America Student Leaders®. The San Diego area high school students will be spending the summer making a difference and experiencing what it’s like to work for a nonprofit. The program was made possible by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, which annually awards more than 220 high school juniors and seniors from around the country with paid eight-week summer internships at local nonprofit organizations.

Participating local students listed below are all interning this summer in paid internships at Community HousingWorks.

12th Grade – Kristian Arceo – St. Augustine High School graduate who is attending UC Riverside

12th Grade – Bonnie Lin – Eastlake High School senior who will be attending Amherst College, MA

12th Grade – Leslie Renteria – Hoover High School graduate who be going to UC Merced

11th Grade – Joseph Ekyoci – Hoover High School

11th Grade – Julia Weinstein – Scripps Ranch High School

These five accomplished teens are working to enhance CHW’s teen and college readiness programs, summer youth programs, and sustainability curriculum. Each year, these programs impact hundreds of lower-income youth who live in CHW’s affordable rental communities. The five young individuals also have the opportunity to shadow CHW staff members and help with related projects, experiencing first-hand the day-to-day operations of a nonprofit organization. In July, they will join more than 200 other Student Leaders from around the country for a week-long leadership summit in Washington, D.C., where they will participate in skill-building workshops, a service learning project, sessions to develop better money habits and meetings with Members of Congress.

“We are lucky to be able to host the Student Leaders for the seventh year,” said Rachel Cherny, CHW’s Volunteer and Partnership Manager who oversees the students. “Each year’s cohort brings ingenuity, passion, and hard work to giving back to our community, which gives us a great opportunity to deepen the impact of our work through our programs.”

This year marks the 11-year anniversary of the program, which is part of the bank’s ongoing commitment to help the unemployed and underserved get the training and education they need to secure and keep jobs, with a particular focus on connecting youth to employment opportunities. Since 2004, more than 2,000 teens have been recognized as Student Leaders across the country.

“Early employment is a critical stepping stone on the pathway to financial security, yet young people face a number of challenges in finding job opportunities today,” said Rick Bregman, San Diego Market President, Bank of America. “These internships give teens in our community the chance to develop important workforce skills while earning what for many will be their first paycheck.”

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