Student Leader

Julia Weinstein, a Scripps Ranch High School student, was named a Bank of America Student Leader this summer. She and four other local high school students served an eight-week paid internship at the Community HousingWorks. They worked to improve the nonprofit’s college readiness programs, summer youth programs, and sustainability curriculum, and had the opportunity to work with the kids. “This is the rewarding part of my internship. I get to watch these kids’ daily improvement in math and English,” said Julia. “As the summer has worn on, I can tell reading is less of a chore and more of an entertainment outlet. This enjoyment plants the seed for a lifelong love of learning which will, more than anything else, ensure their eventual success.”

CHW was grateful for the students’ hard work and dedication over the summer. “We are lucky to be able to host the Bank of America Student Leaders for the seventh year,” said Rachel Cherny, CHW’s Volunteer and Partnership Manager. “Each year’s cohort brings ingenuity, passion, and hard work to giving back to our community.”

The five San Diegan students also had the opportunity to join over 200 other students from around the country for a trip to Washington, D.C. There they participated in a weeklong leadership summit with skill-building workshops, a service learning project, sessions to develop better money habits, and a meeting with Congressman Scott Peters and Congresswoman Susan Davis. “The D.C. Summit was definitely a defining experience in my life. It was inspiring and empowering to meet so many driven, intelligent young adults,” shared Julia.