Bank of America Student Leaders are summer interns at LifeMoves in Menlo Park

by Contributed Content on August 18, 2016

Two Bank of America Student Leaders have been both working on a myriad of different things at LifeMoves in Menlo Park, rotating throughout the organization to best experience the services it provides.

Lauren Hayat (picture right) kicked off her internship helping the ACES (Achieving Career and Education Success) Programs Team craft an “Eager Leaders” curriculum. Eager Leaders, which she originally created at her high school, is a program about leadership and self-confidence. Her goal is to come up with a plan that is implementable throughout the six LifeMoves family sites.

She has also helped the organizaition’s Housing Program by creating collateral that market different, lower cost zip codes to clients who are looking for affordable neighborhoods and worked on updating a Resource Guide that is used heavily at the Palo Alto drop-in center.

“I’ve learned so much about the challenges of living in such a costly area, the amount of lives truly affected by homelessness, and about the tireless work all employees in a nonprofit dedicate to improving the lives of others,” said Lauren. “Thank you to Bank of America for providing me with an internship that I will remember for a lifetime.”

Noor Dahbour kicked off her internship by joining the Marketing Team and helping with special projects, such as social media and collateral creation. She also joined the Housing Program Team helping with the same effort that Lauren worked on.

“At LifeMoves, I learned the importance of networking and creating and keeping relationships within the community,” said Noor. “I now have a better understanding of how non-profits run and the importance of each and every employee and volunteer. I learned that in order to become as impactful as possible in your community, it’s important to work as a collaborative team.”

Both interns also rotated between HR, Finance and Development.

Lauren and Noor joined with LifeMoves greater group of summer interns in special activities. They each received tours of some of LifeMoves shelters and had opportunities to interact with clients.

Explained LifeMoves manager for marketing and communications Carolyn Hooper: “Our hope was to open their eyes to the embedded issue of homelessness in Silicon Valley and not only learn about what implementable solutions are available but to also connect the actual work they are doing to the solution.”

Photo courtesy of LifeMoves

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