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Program pushes students to become community leaders

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Our community is always looking for good, strong, young leaders. Our future seems in good hands with a group of teens with incredible skills. They are enjoying the summer of a lifetime as you'll see in this segment of "What's Right With Tampa Bay."

A summer trip to our nation's capital is the reward for hard work.

"It was amazing. I can't say enough good things about it." Student Noelle Rutland said.

Noelle Rutland and nine other high school students enjoyed a week there seeing the sights and learning how to become better leaders.

"All the work shops were helping us to develop ourselves whether it was financial, literacy, meeting people, how to communicate or how to make change," Student Irvin Ortega said.

Bank of America's student leadership program recognizes rising community stars from all over the nation. They're all nominated by their local schools.

"We have a commitment to developing them and their skills in order to make sure that they come back and take care of our communities and our country." Bank of America Ann Shaller said.

Bank of America pays them ten dollars an hour during an eight-week internship, which includes a week in Washington and the rest of the summer working back home at local non-profits.

"The only way to truly learn how to do something is to experiencing it," Student Schuyler Welch said.

An experience Ja'lon Johnson hopes will take him far.

"Learning how to talk to people from different areas or different backgrounds and connecting with them, because you never know how they can help you or how you can help them." Ja'lon said.

The internship is geared to help mold them into good citizens and then go on to better their communities.

"I think it really inspired me and my fellow student leaders that we're not the future but we are the present," Irvin said. "We can make change now and just because we are young we shouldn't be stopped."

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