MMP is excited to host a Bank of America Student Leader this summer for a third year. The Student Leader 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, Lybille Rocher:
Describe MMP’s mission in your own words:
MMP's mission is to strengthen youth-adult relationships throughout MA by actively supporting organizations such as BCYF, or YMCA’s. In doing so, they provide youth with opportunities that help them stay in school and succeed.
Why is this mission important to you personally?
This mission is important to me personally as someone who went to public school in Boston, and witnessed a lot of problems that is prevalent in Boston which lead to mentor ship being something that is crucial, young people don’t have a support system whether it is at home, or even in their communities, so MMPs mission is definitely important as it works to make sure that youth have a person who they can go to whenever they have a problem, whether it is big or small.
What are you most excited about learning at MMP? What have you learned during your internship?
I am most excited to learn about how each person's role comes together to make up MMP. During my internship, I have learned how to be more independent, and take responsibility. At other internships I was constantly being watched over and told what to do, which became something that I expected out of all internships but at MMP, I’m essentially left alone, and it’s my job to ask for help if I need which is something that’s especially hard for me to do. I have learned how to prioritize my time, and that staff meetings are are not really as optional as people say.
What was your biggest take-away from the Student Leadership Summit?
My biggest takeaway from the summit was how networking is one of the most important things when it comes to furthering one's interests, and/or career.
How did you hear about Bank of America’s Student Leader program?
I heard about the Bank of America student leaders program from my school. My Principal has sent out a mass email about internship opportunities, and the program was one of them so I looked it up because it sounded interesting, and when I researched more about it, i liked what I saw, and so I decided to apply.
Why was this a program you wanted to participate in?
This program was something that I wanted to participate in because I saw how the former student leaders gave back to their communities and I wanted to be a part of that. Not only did they get to serve their communities, but they also got to spend one week in the nation's capital, and interact with other people with the same mindset and gain valuable life experience.
At the end of the internship, what do you hope to walk away with?
At the end of my internship, I hope to take away not only work experience, but also how to be a better worker no matter the environment. I also hope walk away with more confidence with speaking in large groups and how to manage my time better.
What is your dream job?
My dream job is to work in politics. I want to influence not only legislation that is being passed, but also young people who feel as if they don’t have a voice. I want to help my community in a way that previous leaders have failed to do.
To view our official announcement on Bank of America's commitment to expanding mentoring relationships, please read this press release.