Abraham Sanchez, a senior at Banning High School, was one of four community-minded students selected for the 2022 Summer Bank of America Student Leaders Internship, recognizing his passion and commitment to improving growth and stability in local neighborhoods.
The eight-week paid internship connects students to a non-profit organization in their community, providing them with firsthand leadership experiences and collaborative teaching methods in order to prepare students for the workforce. Sanchez completed his internship with the Boys and Girls Club of the San Gorgonio Pass, the non-profit youth development organization that he has served for the last five years.
Sanchez wrote his internship application on his efforts as the Boys and Girls Club Keystone Club teen program president, where he focused on creating a positive impact on members, the club and the cities of Banning and Beaumont.
"My family and I were so happy when I received the news that I was chosen for the internship out of over 100 applications in my region," Sanchez said. "Thank you, Bank of America for providing me the opportunity to build relationships with the CEO and Director of Operations at the Boys and Girls Club. It was incredible to learn from an outstanding organization and a team I assisted throughout my junior high and high school years. My advice to kids everywhere, never ask permission to lead – just lead."
After graduating in Spring 2023, Sanchez plans to attend Mt. San Jacinto College for two years, transfer to a four-year university and find a career where he can continue to create change and improve lives.
“Congratulations to our very own Abraham Sanchez on this remarkable achievement and for proudly representing Banning Unified School District and our greater community,” Superintendent Terrence Davis said. “At Banning, our mission is to work together to develop responsible, respectful, prepared students to achieve their full potential. We appreciate all you have done for the beautiful city of Banning and look forward to your continued success.”