This year I was selected to be a Bank of America Student Leader, a national internship program that accepts less than 5% of its applicants and has around 220 students in the program nationwide. I have been working with the nonprofit Freedom Schools this summer. I have gotten the chance to see behind the scenes of how a nonprofit works and also been able to work hand in hand with amazing staff and kids in the Charlotte area.
This past week, from Sunday until today, I was at the Bank of America Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. Students from markets around the country came together to develop and share our passions, stories, and ideas with one another. While there, we had many leadership workshops that taught us how to grow into better leaders and to inspire and ignite change in our communities. I had the opportunity to meet with House Representative Richard Hudson, Senator Richard Burr, and Representative Alma Adams and discuss with them some of their policies and beliefs. We also volunteered with Red Cross and made bags with hygiene products for current military soldiers and veterans. At the final dinner, I had the opportunity to give a short speech about my workshop, the smaller group of people I was assigned to and interacted with everyday.
Overall it was an amazing experience that only inspired me to work harder in the community and at Appalachian!
Written by: Jabari Moore