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Bank pays in leadership program

Victor Cruz Portillo, 17, a new graduate of

Victor Cruz Portillo, 17, a new graduate of Wyandanch Memorial High School.

At a time when college students are finding it tough to get paid internships, even paid summer jobs, five Long Island high school students – or recent grads – earned $10 an hour this summer as part of the Bank of America Student Leaders program. 

Applying through their school guidance offices, the young people were chosen based on academics, leadership experience and community service.

Victor Cruz Portillo, 17, a new graduate of Wyandanch Memorial High School, interned at the United Way of Long Island, where, among other roles, he helped tutor young adults studying for their GEDs. Portillo also joined about 230 other student leaders from around the country for a week-long leadership summit in July in Washington, D.C.
 
What he says he’s gotten from the experience? A better sense of the interest that members of his generation have in giving back to the community.

This fall he’ll start classes at St. Joseph’s College, where he’ll major in biology, with plans of becoming a physician – an “environmentally conscious” one.

As can be expected, his earnings from the summer are earmarked for text books and tuition. “College is expensive,” he said.

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