Building Cause-Driven Leaders

Monday, June 25, 2018

The YMCA of the Triangle welcomes our 2018 Student Leader interns who will spend eight weeks at our Associaton Resource Center working on a cause-driven leadership project.

For the third summer, the YMCA of the Triangle was chosen to be the host organization for the Bank of America Student Leaders Program, a comprehensive leadership development program that introduces students to advocacy, community development and nonprofit management. Five students were selected from 115 applicants by a team of community leaders and Bank of America executives following a vigorous application process. 

Our Student Leaders this summer are:

  • Kaitlyn Gosline - 11th grade Wake STEM Early College High School
  • Malik McFadden - 11th grade Enloe High School
  • Mohammed Guerrab - 11th grade Wake STEM Early College High School
  • Noah Cox - 11th grade Durham Academy
  • Olivia Andrews - 11th grade Green Hope High School

Access to Healthy Food

This summer, the students will focus on Food Accessibility. The goal of their project is to create a resource hosted at public schools that builds equity by giving students access to healthy food. The Student Leaders will be partnering with Walnut Creek Elementary School to establish a sustainable and replicable Food Pantry and Resource Center called Creekside Cares Center. The Center will give the students and their families access to items like locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, canned goods, clothing and more. The families will receive the meals they need to be healthy, active, and well-nourished.

The Bank of America Student Leaders Program began 10 years ago and was laucnhed here in the Triangle in 2016.