Olivia Yang, a rising senior at Canyon Crest Academy, has been chosen to take part in Bank of America’s Student Advisors program, a program that provides students that are engaged community taxpayers the chance to construct their work and leadership abilities via a paid summer internship in a regional nonprofit.
Unlike previous years, this year’s internship was entirely virtual for its 300 students chosen nationally, including four out of San Diego. Olivia’s internship with the YMCA San Diego began June 22 and conducted at the end of July.
Based on Bank of America, current estimates indicate that the amount of youth that aren’t in college and don’t have a project has probably tripled since last year and may be as large as 18 million. With no access to opportunities which build career skills, lots of young folks may be left behind, resulting in elevated levels of youth unemployment and diminishing overall financial advancement.
“Now more than ever, as we collectively navigate the challenges we face in our communities, Bank of America remains committed to supporting young adults of all backgrounds by connecting them to jobs, skills-building and leadership development,” stated Rick Bregman, San Diego market president, Bank of all America. “Creating opportunities for our youth to gain skills and build a network is a powerful investment in the future of our community.”
Olivia’s individual expertise in founding her own nonprofit-affiliated club sparked her interest from the Bank of America internship.
If she was a freshman in CCA, she set the Sports for Exceptional Athletes club. The San Diego-based Sports for Exceptional Athletes provides athletes with developmental disabilities opportunities to take part in over 20 distinct sports in four seasons. An aggressive figure skater, Olivia helps trainer these athletes onto the ice. Because of COVID-19, the Sports for Educational Athletes application also has changed online as well as Olivia and other student volunteers helped produce online workouts for its athletes to remain active.
“I’m hoping to find a way to still help the athletes because we’re all stuck at home,” Olivia stated.
before the pandemic, Olivia was coaching with the San Diego Figure Skating Club approximately a few times each week in the mornings before school, competing in figure skating contests during the year.
Olivia also volunteers with the faculty Key Club, a high school branch of the regional Kiwanis Club, also at Scripps at the radiology department. She speaks Chinese fluently and is a paid coach for middle school pupils. The college application process is just starting for Olivia—she is quite interested in the sphere of STEM, particularly mathematics, also is considering a medical profession later on.
Included in the Student Leader application, every student received a $5,000 stipend. Over the span from the six-week program, Olivia engaged in virtual sessions to find out about the role nonprofits play in advancing community health and the significance of public-private ventures to induce social change, while constructing financial acumen.
And the three other San Diego student leaders, she engaged in a narrative banking undertaking, creating an efficient procedure to gather and record impactful tales about YMCA of San Diego County manhood encounters which may be utilised in fundraisers to create contributions. She appreciated the shift to have a glimpse behind the scenes in how local nonprofits such as Goodwill and Ocean Discovery Institute run efficiently and the effect they could have on the area.
“I thought the program was really well-run and organized, despite the pandemic. I personally was able to learn quite a lot because of the national and local components,” she explained.
Among that the most meaningful opportunities for Olivia was the virtual “Young America Together at Home” program. Though the summit is generally hosted in Washington D.C., Olivia managed to practically join the 300 other student leaders from throughout the country to discuss policy issues like the economy, health care, the environment and spiritual. Delivered from the Close Up Foundation, the program encouraged the young leaders to use their own voices so as to influence change and discover solutions.
Olivia stated it had been impactful to have the ability to consult with every one the other students with varied backgrounds from all around the nation about the issues they’re confronting, “I got to look outside of the Carmel Valley bubble I live in,” she explained.
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