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Five years in the making: The Student Leader program at PYN


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Since 2011, the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) has partnered with Bank of America to host Bank of America Student Leaders. To develop the next generation of community leaders, the Student Leaders program connects community-minded high school juniors and seniors to build their workforce and leadership skills. Hosting five Bank of America Student Leaders every summer is one way, of many, that PYN strives to achieve our mission to equip young people with the skills necessary for academic achievement, economic opportunity and personal success.

The Student Leaders who work at PYN have the opportunity to learn about many different aspects of non-profit organizations, including sessions on non-profit boards, leadership, programs, and policy; individual assignments; internal and external meetings; and group projects. In addition to these structured group and individual activities, Student Leaders support the work of their assigned departments by: 

  • Developing and practicing critical-thinking and logical, problem-solving skills
  • Performing research, data entry, and reporting
  • Learning specialized technologies (for example, donor database, SharePoint)
  • Assisting with outreach and internal and external meetings and events
  • Supporting other projects as assigned

Through these diverse workforce development experiences and opportunities, PYN is preparing the next generation of leaders for success in school, work and life.

And without further ado, I would like to introduce to you the five Bank of America Student Leaders working at PYN this summer, and from their own words, the aspirations of what they hope to learn during their time with us.

Alicia: This year, I am looking forward to working on the group projects with the other Bank of America Student Leaders. We all work well with one another. In addition, the "look book project" seems very interesting.

Azeez: Nonprofit work is all new to me, so I would like to know PYN's identity as a nonprofit. Also, I want to know the business side of PYN, as that it what I aspire to study in college. 

Melanie: I am looking forward to the projects that my department and the project that the other Bank of America Student Leaders and I will be completing over the course of the summer. I believe that my collaboration and critical thinking skills will improve over the course of the summer because of this work. It is my hope that the work I do this summer helps PYN have a better understanding of the perspectives of the youth that they serve.

Serene: During my internship at PYN I would like to learn how to work as team with individuals from other departments. I want to learn what it's like to be given an amount of work and finish it without any reminders to guide me along the way. I think this will help me to be independent and to learn what it's like to have expectations of me that I don't usually get from school. I also hope to find the fun and excitement I know there is in a professional setting.

Zoe: This summer I hope to achieve a deeper understanding of how public relations impacts the perception of an organization. I want to contribute to PYN's outside image and help spread the word about an organization that is doing a lot of good for the youth of Philly.


PYN Voices
by: Marci Leveillee
Jul 11, 2016

About Marci Leveillee:
Marci Leveillee is the current Internship Coordinator for the Bank of America Student Leader Program. She is also the Associate of Development at PYN. Marci holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies and History from Barnard College and a Master of Science degree in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work.


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