Paid Summer Internships Connect North County Youth to Career Development Opportunities
ATASCADERO – Bank of America has announced that two students from Atascadero High School have been selected as the first 2021 San Luis Obispo Student Leaders. Emma Hanson and Oscar Perry have each started an eight-week paid summer internship with Habitat for Humanity, earning 17 $ per hour and received a Chromebook as part of the internship. They are among 300 community-oriented juniors and seniors across the United States recognized by Bank of America’s Student Leaders program.
“Bank of America is committed to supporting young adults by connecting them with jobs, community engagement opportunities, and leadership development to help them get started on the path to economic success,” said Greg Bland, president of Bank of America San Luis Obispo. “We recognize that young adults are the future of our community, which is why programs like Student Leaders are a way to provide teens with paid opportunities to gain work experience while developing a diverse pool of talent when ‘they enter the local labor market. “
Inspired by her autistic brother, Hanson is heavily involved in community service to help people with special needs, including working with Special Olympics and volunteering as a teacher assistant with special education students in the local schools. She is excited to be working with Habitat to learn the inner workings of running a non-profit organization.
“I am inspired to create a non-profit organization that focuses on developing social skills in the disability community because I have seen positive impact programs like these… have had on her life, and I would like other people to have these kinds of opportunities as well, “said Hanson.” Everything I have learned about how nonprofits work will be of great benefit to me as I go along. I will take the next steps in building my non-profit organization. ”
Perry, a Templeton resident, has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and has started several businesses, including a local dog-walking, candy-selling, and online designer shoe resale business. When not busy working as a registered dental assistant in his father’s dental practice, he interviews other entrepreneurs for his podcast, Venture Started.
Perry’s favorite business to date is a business he started with the Atascadero High School Entrepreneurship Club last year called Zumr Media. The company creates digital marketing videos for local businesses here in SLO County.
Perry likes to improve his community “with video production bringing more business to local businesses here in SLO County, it will impact them, but also SLO County as a whole as these local businesses represent the County of SLO. SLO ”.
As part of their internships with Habitat for Humanity, Hanson and Perry are working to reopen Habitat Restores in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. They are also helping Oceana, a construction of nine houses in Paso Robles.