Teen’s Workforce Experience Builds Path to Success

Bank of America Awards $25K Grant to Music & Youth Initiative’s Youth Leader Program

Boston MA, July 19, 2018— The Music & Youth Initiative’s Youth Leader Program, which provides workforce development opportunities for teens who have demonstrated excellence and leadership potential in their after-school Music Clubhouse programs, recently received a $25,000 grant from Bank of America. With this generous support from Bank of America, teens are getting opportunities to mentor younger members while gaining valuable work experience, including organizational, administrative, and professional skills.

High school senior and recent Youth Leader, Monte, is one outstanding recipient of this opportunity. Monte was thrilled to find out recently that he earned his spot at Berklee College of Music – full tuition paid for. Those who know him well aren’t at all surprised: Monte is the complete package. Not only does he have musical expertise, but he has shown exceptional character and maturity in his position as Youth Leader at the Boys & Girls Club.

“Monte has excellent character,” explains the Music Director at his Club. “He has a good heart and always shows so much professionalism.” It was Monte’s strength of character that led to his being hired as a Youth Leader. And through this unique part-time job, Monte taught and mentored younger teens and worked on projects ranging from setting up performances to various administrative duties. He also had the distinct responsibility of organizing the musical performances for the grand openings of two new branches of Bank of America.

“Bank of America’s support is truly changing the lives of Youth who are hired through the Youth Leader program,” says Music & Youth CEO Gary Eichhorn. “Monte is a great example of how combining outstanding Youth with incredible opportunity can lead to real success.”

As for Monte, he’s already looking to the future. In addition to attending Berklee this Fall, Monte is planning to do a work-study at the Boys & Girls Club, where he can continue the valuable work he has done there already and give back to the community that supported him along his path to success.

About Music & Youth Initiative: (www.musicandyouth.org) Music & Youth establishes sustainable high-quality after school contemporary music programs for underserved youth ages 10-18, through collaboration with leading Youth Development Organizations, Universities, and Corporate Partners. The Music Clubhouses provide music education and the opportunity for participants to improve social and academic skills while building self-confidence and self-esteem. More than 600 youth participate in music programs every week across our 14 locations in Massachusetts. These programs are free or at a minimal cost to the participating youth. Founded in 2004, Music & Youth Initiative is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Learn more at www.musicandyouth.org or connect with us on Twitter at @MusicandYouth.

About Bank of America Environmental, Social and Governance At Bank of America, our focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors is critical to fulfilling our purpose of helping make people’s financial lives better. Our commitment to growing our business responsibly is embedded in every aspect of our company. It is demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our customers, and the impact we help create around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships across sectors – including community and environmental advocate groups, as well as non-profits – in order to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com/about and connect with us on Twitter at @BankofAmerica.