Ortega student selected for bank leadership internship

Ortega student selected for bank leadership internship
Caroline Davis

Caroline Davis of Ortega was one of four Duval County high school juniors and seniors selected by Bank of America as Student Leaders® to take part in a paid summer internship experience focusing on leadership, civic engagement, and workforce skills building. 

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, the program has been adapted to a virtual format, so Davis and the other students participate in sessions that expose them to the vital role that nonprofits play in advancing community health, the importance of public/private partnerships to advance social change, and a focus on building financial acumen.

Davis is one of 3,000 young adults nationwide that the bank has connected to summer jobs through partnerships with nonprofits and local mayors and its own Student Leaders® program.

Davis, a rising senior at Stanton College Preparatory School, is passionate about raising awareness of food deserts in Northwest Jacksonville. She has spent numerous hours volunteering for St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Clinic and St. Vincent’s Nutrition Clinic, where she worked to educate children in Jacksonville about the importance of a nutritious and healthy diet. As vice president of her high school chapter of Revived Club, a faith-based volunteer organization, Davis has also given her time alongside her peers to support non-profit organizations such as Humble Harvest, which conducts an annual donation drive for those in need. When she is not supporting her local community, Davis often travels internationally to support impoverished children overseas. She has spent time in Peru and Haiti working to repair the cycle of poverty and to support those in need.

As part of the Student Leaders® program, Davis is also participating in a collaborative, mentoring-focused project that works closely with Communities in Schools Jacksonville to increase the non-profit’s community outreach through social media. The project includes researching new targets for fundraising and awareness purposes, strategizing on new virtual volunteering ideas and more.

“I am most excited to learn more about leadership, civic engagement, and workforce skills-building during my time as a Bank of America Student Leader®” said Davis. “Plus, working with Communities in Schools Jacksonville to raise awareness of their mission to help local students facing educational challenges to succeed feels especially rewarding to me.”

Also selected by Bank of America to be in the Student Leaders® program were Jordan Brown, a rising senior at Paxon School for Advanced Studies, DeeAndrea Carter, a rising junior at Sandalwood High School, and Roncy Varghese, a rising junior at Stanton. 

The Jacksonville Student Leaders® will participate in programming that leverages Bank of America’s national partnerships and expertise and they will work closely with the bank’s Jacksonville leadership and nonprofit partners. They will participate in a collaborative mentoring-focused project working closely with Communities in Schools Jacksonville to increase the nonprofits community outreach through social media. In addition, the students will engage in conversations focused on social justice, civil rights, and work to learn how to build a more diverse and inclusive society. They will also gain a better understanding of their personal finances through Better Money Habits®, a financial wellness and education platform offered by Bank of America. 

Also, as part of the Student Leader® experience, each student will receive a $5,000 stipend to recognize them for their community achievements.

“Now more than ever, as we collectively navigate the challenges we face in our communities, we remain committed to supporting youth and young adults of all backgrounds by connecting them to jobs, skills building and leadership development,” said Greg Smith, Jacksonville market president of Bank of America. “Creating opportunities for our youth to gain skills and build a network is a powerful investment in the future of our community.”

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