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Selected to participate in Bank of America student leader program

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Stamford, CT | Added on July 30, 2014 At 01:11 PM

For these high school students from Stamford, it's been a summer like never before.

"One person can make a change," said Hannah Tisser, a rising senior at AITE.  

"The small things do really make a difference," said Tim Bott, also a rising senior at AITE.  

Tim Bott and Hannah Tisser are students at the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering.  They've been spending the summer before their senior year working as Bank of America student leaders.

"The motto of the program is 'serve, inspire, change,'" said Carol Heller, senior vice president, Southern Connecticut market manager at Bank of America.  

That's what they're doing at the Boys and Girls Club of Stamford.  

"The amount that I've actually helped them and the amount that I've realized I've changed their lives -- it's just -- it's the greatest feeling," said Tisser.

"They can come here and they can be met with smiles on the counselors faces and stuff and they can do nice games; they can get a nice meal," said Bott.

In its 10th year, Bank of America's program is providing over 200 students across the country with a paid, 8-week summer internship with local nonprofits.  They also went to Washington D.C. this month, participating in a week long summit with the other student leaders.  

"Down in D.C. we got to see a lot of people, a lot of speakers, like Barbara Bush, Wes Moore, and they were all very inspiring," said Bott.

"We got to talk to our senator, we made care packages for the Red Cross," said Tisser.  "A lot of veterans are homeless so we were making care packages for them for basic things that they needed and we made over 3,000."

Heller said Bank of America funds the trip to D.C. for students, "To learn from other nonprofit leaders, to learn from their legislators, but to learn from themselves and to get energized and motivated to come back and create change."

Hannah and Tim say they left D.C., and came back to the Boys and Girls Club feeling inspired to make a difference.

"Maybe one day I'll go out and start my own nonprofit," said Bott.  "It really gives you the motivation to do something."

"I've always been interested in community service and volunteerism," said Tisser, "but I never really thought it could be a part of my future.  Now I feel like I could kind of combine my love for healthcare and health sciences with that love for volunteerism and nonprofits."

The AITE students were selected for the program based on their community activism. 

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