Sanger graduate chosen for Bank of America internship

Valeria Aceves receives honor to work with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fresno County, Sanger graduate plans to use internship to learn important skills before attending Stanford

(Serena Bettis)
Mid Valley Times Staff
Published June 21, 2024  • 
11:00 am

FRESNO – Bank of America has announced that two high school rising seniors from Fresno County have been selected as Student Leaders, where they will participate in an eight-week paid summer internship. 

These students will be assigned roles with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fresno County, where they will learn about local community needs while developing leadership and workplace skills and earning competitive wages. They will also receive financial education coaching from Bank of America’s Better Money Habits curriculum. 

Fresno’s unemployment rate remains high at 8.4%, which is three percentage points higher than the statewide rate, according to the most recent report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This year, the private sector looks to play a role in helping teens and young adults gain workforce experience and career skills to be successful in the workforce. Bank of America connects more than 3,400 teens and young adults nationwide to a variety of jobs and internships. 

Locally, in addition to the Student Leaders program, Bank of America connects 50 local teens to paid on-the-job training as part of the Community Services Employment Training internship program in Tulare County.  

“By providing career and leadership development opportunities for teens, we can help develop the next generation of skilled workforce that is essential to Fresno’s long-term economic growth,” said Mark Riley, president of Bank of America Fresno and Visalia. “These students are truly exceptional, and the opportunity for them to work with a highly impactful local nonprofit like the Boys and Girls Club along with financial education can collectively prepare them for future success.”

2024 Sanger High School graduate Valeria Aceves will be one of the 2024 Fresno Bank of America Student Leaders. Aceves is a first-generation American who excelled in AP courses with a 4.3 cumulative GPA and the highest score possible on the rigorous AP Research program. She also served as president of the school’s Spanish Club and the SkillsUSA organization, and participated on the varsity badminton, speech and debate teams. Acevas is attending Stanford University and plans on being a pre-med student, eventually majoring in symbolic systems with a concentration in neuroscience.

2024 Sanger High School graduate Valeria Aceves, one of the 2024 Fresno Bank of America Student Leaders. (Submitted by the Bank of America)
2024 Fresno Bank of America Student Leader is Ahsan Suhail, a rising senior at Clovis North Educational Center. (Submitted by the Bank of America)

The other 2024 Fresno Bank of America Student Leader is Ahsan Suhail, a rising senior at Clovis North Educational Center. With a deep passion for business and economics, he plans to specialize in corporate law. In addition to numerous AP courses with a GPA of 4.73, Suhail founded and serves as president of the school’s Young Republican Club and also helped to launch a Young Democrats Club to facilitate respectful and organized debates. Also a first-generation American, faith is important in his life as he has volunteered more than 300 hours at his mosque and served as a Kumon teaching assistant. 

Later this summer, the Student Leaders will travel to Washington D.C. for a week-long, all-expenses-paid, national leadership summit focused on the power of cross-sector collaboration and community advocacy. Student Leaders from across the nation will discuss the importance of civic engagement and meet with members of Congress. 

The Student Leaders program annually recognizes 300 or more community-focused juniors and seniors from across the U.S. Since the program began in Fresno in 2019, 12 local teens have been selected, including this year.

Mid Valley Times Staff