Amador senior in Washington for week-long leadership summit

Bank of America picks 230 high school students, recent graduates for Capitol Hill session, non-profit internships

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.

--Jeb Bing

We can't do it without you.
Support local journalism.


Like this comment
Posted by Harinder
a resident of Walnut Hills
on Jul 19, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Congratulations Rahael!!! Hope you have a great time in DC.

Like this comment
Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 20, 2010 at 12:23 pm

mooseturd is a registered user.

Congratulations Rahael! Enjoy the experience and learn much.

Like this comment
Posted by Congrats!!!
a resident of another community
on Jul 21, 2010 at 7:36 pm

I had Rahael as a student in middle school and she was as amazing then as she is now. Congratulations Rahael! I know you will do an amazing job representing your school!!!

Like this comment
Posted by Katie D
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jul 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Wow! Congrats, that is awesome! I am sure she will be great!

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Don't be the last to know

Get the latest headlines sent straight to your inbox every day.

Talking sports and life with Tommy Dyer
By Tim Hunt | 1 comment | 1,495 views

Couples: Thanks
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 563 views