LEADING THE PACK — George Washington High School scholar Desmond Williamson (above) and Crispus Attucks scholar Even Tekeste interned at Newfields this past summer through Bank of America’s Student Leaders program.



Two IPS students spent time working at Newfields (formerly the Indianapolis Museum of Art) this summer, thanks to Bank of America’s Student Leaders program.

Feven Tekeste, a senior at Crispus Attucks High School, and Desmond Williamson, a senior at George Washington High School, were two of only four Indianapolis students chosen for the program. Both are academic scholars at their respective schools.

Bank of America expanded its Student Leaders program to Indianapolis, providing these scholars with the opportunity to build their workforce and leadership skills through a paid summer internship at Newfields. The museum tasked students with a research project to help the organization better engage with young audiences.

According to Bank of America, Student Leaders is an important program because today, approximately 15 percent of all young people (or 4.7 million across the country) are categorized as disconnected youth who aren’t in school and don’t have a job. Without access to opportunities that build career skills, many young people may be left behind, leading to high rates of youth unemployment and juvenile delinquency, which hinder overall economic progress.

Through Student Leaders, Bank of America helps young people gain work experience, broaden their perspective on how nonprofits serve community needs, and advance their civic engagement. Student Leaders from across the country also develop better money habits by working with bank volunteers to increase their financial management skills, from building a budget to creating a savings plan.