Aisha Olasewere is spending her summer making a difference thanks to a paid internship she landed with Bank of America.
The rising senior at Dreyfoos School of the Arts is completing an eight-week internship where she spends time volunteering at local nonprofits and attending a leadership summit in Washington D.C.
Every day the program brings the interns to a different nonprofit. Olasewere said her favorite days are the ones spent with children.
“I really love working with kids,” she said. “You really see your impact.”
Volunteering is something the Boca teen spends a lot of her free time doing. She is a long-standing buddy volunteer for TOPSoccer, an organization that aims to give individuals with mental and physical disabilities an opportunity to play on a team.
She first got involved back in 2015. She lives with her cousin, who has autism, and wanted to help out with an organization that assists people with special needs.
When she isn’t spending time in the community, she likes to paint and draw. She attends Dreyfoos School of the Arts for its visual arts program. She has plans to study to become an architect.
She found out about the summer program from her guidance counselor at school. She said she knew she wanted to partake after watching video diaries of previous participants. Hearing their stories of how the program helped them advance their academic careers and post-college goals is what sold her.
She said she is most looking forward to the trip to Washington, D.C. that participants will take.
They will visit Capitol Hill, meet with district representatives and discuss the policies of politics.
“That, I am really excited about,” she said.
The program will also allow Olasewere and other participants to work with bank volunteers to develop better money habits and increase financial management skills, such as building a budget and creating a savings plan.
“Building workforce and leadership skills early can help prepare a young person for long-term success,” said Fabiola Brumley, Vice Chairman of Business Banking at Bank of America. “Connecting individuals to the training and jobs needed to accomplish their career goals ultimately strengthens this community, and we’re thrilled to welcome these incredible students into our program.”