TAMPA ญญ- Seven recent Hillsborough County graduates or upcoming seniors have been selected for the 2013 Student Leaders program, sponsored by Bank of America.
They receive an eight-week paid summer internship in the program, which provided them the opportunity to earn and learn while working at a nonprofit in the community.
In addition to the paid internships, the students will attend a weeklong Bank of America Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., in July where they will participate in a service learning project and a series of interactive workshops, including Capitol Hill briefings and sessions on financial education and leadership development skills.
The participants and their high schools are:
. Schuyler Welch, Plant High School. With a dream to make an impact in the lives of homeless veterans, Schuyler and his brothers started The Welch Academy a charitable 501(c)3 to provide tennis lessons and life lessons to youth.
. Ja'lon Johnson, Jefferson High School. A youth leader at the Riverview Boys and Girls Club, he wants to start a national organization to inspire youth to effect positive change in their communities and aspire to becomes respectful, smart young adults.
. Adriene Muldrow-Smith, King High School. She sees a lack of assistance and care for her generation and intends to open a center to provide young people the counselors and resources they need to succeed.
. Ana Gomez, Leto High School. She wants to inspire those around her to be more tolerant and respectful of other races and diversity. She received the Youth Leadership Award from the Human Rights Council.
. Kelsey Gemmill, Sickles High School. Humbled by volunteering, she saw firsthand children living barefoot in impoverished neighborhoods and homeless teen mothers working to find childcare and jobs. She hopes to work in pediatric nutrition based on her desire to create a healthy society.
. Kevin Sardja, Gaither High School. Having a knack for mathematics inspired Sardja to start a tutoring program in his high school to help his fellow students in math, science and SAT prep class.
. Jacob Goad, Plant City High School. He is passionate about working with the Special Olympics and sharing his skills and sports knowledge to help the athletes with disabilities perform their best.
All, except Johnson, will intern with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay; Johnson will intern at the Straz Performing Arts Center.