Hannah Blackwell, 2020 Memphis Central High School Graduate and Louisiana State University Freshman: In high school, Hannah was a commissioner of community service for the Student Council where she managed all community service for the organization and hosted community beautification days.
Akaash Seemakurty, 2020 White Station High School Graduate and Vanderbilt University Freshman: During high school, Akaash created his own coding program, Koding Kidz, that served a diverse group of 147 students in its first year.
Memphis Student Leaders participated in programming that leveraged Bank of America’s national partnerships and expertise and worked closely with the company’s Memphis leadership and nonprofit partners.
Blackwell and Seemakurty participated in a collaborative project working closely with New Memphis to create an outline of opportunities to engage, expose and connect college students to the city of Memphis as a way to aspire them to launch their careers in Memphis. They researched best practices to plan new opportunities hosted by New Memphis throughout the upcoming academic year to increase engagement and connection with New Memphis’ Launch: Campus to Career program.
“I will be attending school for computer science and economics,” said Akaash Seemakurty. “One of my projects with New Memphis was to research grants and make recommendations based on my research. I really enjoyed using my interest in economics during this project. I feel even more confident about the path I want to pursue after gaining the experience I did this summer.”
“Bank of America is committed to supporting youth and young adults of all backgrounds by connecting them to jobs, skills-building and leadership development,” said Livingston Albritten, Memphis market president, Bank of America. “Creating opportunities for our youth to gain skills and build a network is a powerful investment in the future of our community.”