Rahael Elizabeth Borchers, a senior this fall at Amador Valley High School, has been chosen as one of five East Bay high school students and former students to attend a week-long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. starting today.
The Pleasanton teenager will be among 230 high school juniors, seniors and recent graduates taking part in the 2010 Bank of America Student Leaders conference. Sponsored by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, summit participants were chosen "for their leadership and passion for community service," said Emily Shanks, East Bay Market President, Bank of America.
In addition to attending the summit, the group also will participate in eight-week nonprofit internships at organizations in their local communities, paid for by Bank of America.
There, Shanks said, group will gain hands-on experience and learn the finer points of nonprofit management and leadership while the nonprofit organizations benefit from the additional resources and support.
In addition to Borchers, other greater East Bay area residents chosen for the Bank of America program are Wilbert H. Cheng, a recent graduate of Vacaville High School; Devin Tre Murphy, a senior at Elise P. Buckingham Charter Magnet High School in Vacaville; Adarious Payton, a recent graduate Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, and Shiyulli Suriyakumar, a recent graduate of Monte Vista High School.
All five student leaders are interning at Junior Achievement of Northern California.
"At Bank of America, we strongly believe that an investment in future leaders plays a pivotal role in revitalizing our communities," said Emily Shanks, East Bay Market President, Bank of America. "Providing opportunities for our youth to be leaders in their communities today is important not only to our long-term success in East Bay but also as a nation and world. Through our Neighborhood Excellence Initiative and our larger corporate social responsibility efforts, we're helping to create a culture of global service – one that benefits individuals, families, nonprofit organizations and the neighborhoods they serve."
Shanks said that at the weeklong leadership summit, the group will learn how service benefits communities economically; how corporate, nonprofit and government collaboration is instrumental in community revitalization; and the important role that nonprofit organizations play as community anchors, particularly during times of economic stress.