MMP is excited to participate in Bank of America's Student Leaders program again this summer. The Student Leaders program annually provides over 220 community-minded high school juniors and seniors across the U.S. with a paid eight-week summer internship at local nonprofit organizations. Student Leaders also attend the week-long and all expense paid Bank of America Student Leadership Summit in Washington, DC in July. Meet this year's MMP Student Leader, Estefany Pineda:
In your own words, how would you describe MMP's mission?
MMP’s mission is to empower adult-youth relationships throughout the state of MA. In doing so, they provide youth with the support they need to stay in school and succeed. MMP works behind the scenes to make these relationships and success stories happen.
Why is this mission important to you personally?
This mission is important to me personally because I am a young person, and I have personally seen the importance of having a mentor in one’s high school career. At times, adults believe that youth do not endure problems that are important enough to have long-term effects. MMP believes otherwise, by working hard to make sure these mentoring relationships happen between adults and youth. They believe in the importance of youth having an adult figure whom they can talk to about issues in their communities, home and/or school. The product of these relationships being that youth stay in school and graduate high school to be successful.
What are you most excited about learning at MMP? What have you learned during your internship?
I am excited to keep learning about everyone’s role in this organization. How each of these roles, even though very different, at the end of the day merge and make amazing things happen. I am looking forward to learn more from my manager and what she does as the Government Relations and Public Policy Manager.
What was your biggest take-away from the Student Leadership Summit?
My biggest take-away from the Student Leadership Summit was to not conform - to realize that the work that has been done has been amazing, but there is a lot to do still. Also, to keep working hard to put a face on the issue that matters to me most, and that there is no one insignificant. It takes individuals to create groups to make change.
How did you hear about Bank of America’s Student Leader program and why was this a program you wanted to participate in?
I had been working at a restaurant for two years and even though I was saving, I knew that this job was not advancing my education or clearing my path towards a career. I began looking for an internship on my own at the beginning of this year but had no luck. So, I contacted my advisor from The Steppingstone Foundation, and she was able to direct me to a bi-weekly letter that they send that contains scholarships and internships. I saw the Bank of America’s Student Leader Program, and it immediately caught my attention. I had always had an interest in nonprofits, and I had experience as a leader, but knew I wasn't fully prepared. This internship seemed like an amazing match and up to now, it has definitely been that.
At the end of the internship, what do you hope to walk away with?
At the end of this internship, I hope to walk away with as much knowledge as possible on how a nonprofit works. I also hope to know if this is something I would be willing to do in the future and how much more preparation I need to be a leader and someone who can create a nonprofit.
What is your dream job?
My dream job is to be able to be an advocate for immigrants and youth, whether is within the government or through a nonprofit.
To learn more about Bank of America's Student Leaders program, visit here.