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Bank of America Connects Houston Teens to Summer Employment Opportunities at Local Nonprofit Organizations

Students Receive National Recognition for Service, Return From Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. Where They Examined Critical Issues Challenging Local Communities

What: HOUSTON – Acknowledging teens’ critical role as the next generation of leaders, Bank of America is providing 230 civic-minded high school juniors and seniors – including five from Houston – with a paid, eight-week summer internship at local nonprofit organizations. These students, selected as 2011 Bank of America Student Leaders®, will gain hands-on experience and learn valuable leadership skills while providing support to nonprofits in critical need of resources.

This year alone, the company is investing more than $1 million in the leadership program and has committed more than $8 million since the program’s inception in 2004.In addition to the internships, Student Leaders participate in a week-long Bank of America Student Leadership Summit from July 10 to July 15, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Now in its fourth year, the goal of the summit is to inspire students, who are already answering the nation’s call to service, to remain committed to service and to equip them with tools and resources to continue their positive contributions in their communities.

Who: Local Student Leaders are:
Nick Lopez, a Houston resident, and recent graduate of Carnegie Vanguard High School, is interning at Houston Food Bank· Maria Rosas, a Houston resident, and rising senior at Stephen F. Austin High School, is interning at Houston Food Bank· Emily McArthur, a Houston resident, and rising senior at Memorial High School, is interning at Houston Food Bank· Kelcey McClatchie, a Houston resident, and recent graduate of Westside High School, is interning at Houston A+ Challenge· Ingrid Mong, a Houston resident, and recent graduate of Clear Lake High School, is interning at Houston A+ Challenge

Media Availability:They are available for interviews during their last week of interning at the Houston Food Bank this week.

Please let me know if you would like me to set this up for you.

Contact: Shenikwa Stratford – (214) 608-9260
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Building on a long-standing tradition of investing in the communities it serves, Bank of America is delivering on a 10-year goal to donate $2 billion to nonprofit organizations engaged in improving the health and vitality of their neighborhoods. Funded by Bank of America, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation gave more than $200 million in 2010, making the bank one of the largest corporate cash donors in the United States.

As a global company doing business in more than 150 countries, Bank of America approaches investing through a national strategy under which it works with local leaders to identify and meet the most pressing needs of individual communities. Reaffirming a commitment to develop and sustain a culture of service, bank associate volunteers contributed more than one million hours in 2010 to enhance the quality of life in their communities worldwide.

For more information about Bank of America Corporate Philanthropy, please visit www.bankofamerica.com/foundation

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