The Bank of America’s Prestigious Youth Program offers many hands-on opportunities for students and leadership candidates to get into the business of real-world nonprofits. In fact, the Program has been a wonderful launching pad for many non-profit organizations as well as corporate enterprises looking to inject some passion and energy into their endeavors. A leadership development curriculum, developed and practiced by the volunteers is an essential ingredient in making such programs successful.
The curriculum addresses key issues that students must confront when they embark on to their quest to be leaders. These include:
- leadership skills;
- community-building fundamentals;
- diversity awareness
- and others.
There is also a focus on teamwork and group dynamics. This is because the students are given the opportunity to work side by side with other students in order to create an environment that encourages and fosters leadership.
What it is all about
Bank of America’s prestigious Student Leaders program is designed for young adults to obtain job and leadership experience while making a difference in the communities they serve nationwide. In addition to their projects supporting a local nonprofit, students in the program are engaged in conversations focused on social justice, civil rights, and how to build a more diverse and inclusive society.
In addition to their projects supporting a local nonprofit, students in the program are engaged in conversations focused on social justice, civil rights, and how to build a more diverse and inclusive society.
Building Community goodwill and visibility require that the leaders are visible in the local community. This means that the leaders must be visible on the local news shows and talk radio shows. These appearances are important in creating positive public opinion about the organization. Publicity also provides credibility for the nonprofit and ensures that potential donors trust the organization. In order to build community goodwill, students should visit churches, schools, libraries, community centers, and more.
Creating measurable goals and objectives forces students to take accountability for their actions and increases their sense of involvement in their organizations. They will feel that they have a part in achieving these goals. The process of creating goals and objectives makes the students see their impact on the local, regional, and national scene and gives them an incentive to pursue those objectives. Achieving measurable goals also gives students a sense of satisfaction and builds confidence.
We’ve seen that Bank of America has helped young adults obtain job and leadership experience through its Student Leaders Program. This is especially important because youth unemployment rates have been steadily increasing over the past few years. The bank offers employees extensive resources for developing skills throughout all stages of life from education to financial literacy training programs as well as mentoring opportunities with members of senior management. In order for this generation to succeed in an era defined by rapid change (think automation), we need investments like the one made by Bank of America.