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Bank of America helps Fairburn graduate learn to earn
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Special Photo. Bank of America Student Leader Jocques Ross Jr. works in the East Lake Foundation Community Learning Garden during a summer internship.
Special Photo. Bank of America Student Leader Jocques Ross Jr. works in the East Lake Foundation Community Learning Garden during a summer internship.
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The Bank of America Charitable Foundation selected Fairburn resident and Langston Hughes High School graduate Jocques Ross Jr. as one of its five Student Leaders from Atlanta.

The 10th annual program awarded more than 220 U.S. high school juniors and seniors with paid eight-week summer internships at local nonprofits.

It is part of the bank’s ongoing commitment to help teens get the training and education they need to secure and keep jobs.

“We know that when young adults succeed their community thrives,” Geri Thomas, the bank’s Georgia president and Atlanta market president, said in a statement.

The five Atlanta students interned at the East Lake Foundation, where they learned about the management and operations of running a successful nonprofit.

They also worked in the East Lake Community Learning Garden, which is a resource for residents to learn how to plant their own healthy and sustainable gardens.

Ross, a Panthers point guard and running back, is pursuing a career in physical therapy by majoring in exercise science at Georgia State University.

He said interning with the East Lake Foundation has inspired him to help more people and start his own nonprofit.

In addition to the paid internships, the students attended a weeklong student leadership summit in Washington in July.

It was not Ross’ first time in the nation’s capital; in February he presented a Boy Scouts report to members of Congress.

Student Leader summit activities included a service learning project, interactive workshops, Capitol Hill briefings, financial education and leadership skills development sessions and panel discussions on global health, housing, hunger and jobs.

Students also gained tools and resources to help them acquire better money habits at a session led by a national nonprofit focused on financial literacy.

“The Student Leaders program is just one way Bank of America is helping young people from around the country enter the workforce with the right skills and experiences to secure a job and build their economic future, giving them the tools and experience to become stronger leaders in their communities,” Thomas said. 

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