Workforce Alliance Receives Youth Employment Grant And Welcomes Two Student Leader Interns From Bank Of America

WICHITA, Kan. – Bank of America will present the Workforce Alliance (WA) of South Central Kansas with a grant in support of youth development initiatives and announce two Student Leaders on Thursday, June 5, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., at the Wichita Workforce Center at 2021 N. Amidon Ave #1100. Bank of America Wichita Market President Shawn Lancelot will attend and give remarks at the presentation.

For the third consecutive year, Bank of America is supporting the WA’s Youth Employment Project (YEP), with a grant for $50,000. The YEP is an opportunity to assist young adults in finding a first job or work experience opportunity. Services to young adults through the YEP include assistance in resume creation, job search, preparing for interviews as well as education in soft skills, customer service and money management.

The WA welcomes two high school seniors from the Wichita community who were recently selected as Bank of America Student Leaders. Student Leaders (#BofAStudentLeaders) is one of the bank’s signature philanthropic programs that offers young people an opportunity to build their workforce and leadership skills through a paid summer internship at a local nonprofit and the ability to help improve their communities. The program also empowers these civically engaged youth at a national leadership summit in Washington, D.C. Now in its fifteenth year, Bank of America has recognized nearly 3,500 Student Leaders from across the country. With it’s expansion to the Wichita region, as well as 29 additional new markets across the U.S., the program will engage nearly 300 young people during the summer of 2019.

The Wichita-based Students Leaders are Laeh Dean and Aenya Richards. Laeh is an incoming senior at the Independent School and Aenya Richards is an incoming senior at Maize High School. Both Student Leaders began their eight-week internships with the Workforce Alliance on June 3, 2019 and will be in attendance at the grant presentation.

The WA has been involved in promoting young adult employment and work experience opportunities for at-risk young adults (16-21) since 2009. The strategy was initiated by funding from the federal government in 2009 and 2010, and the WA has leveraged federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act resources, proceeds from the Jobs FORE Youth Golf tournaments and contributions from employers to support youth work experiences from 2011 to 2019.

In 2019, a formal youth employment network was established, called Helping Youth Prepare for Employment (HYPE). HYPE is a collaboration of community partners including WA, the City of Wichita, the Greater Wichita YMCA, Wichita State University, USD 259 and other school districts throughout the south central Kansas. These partners all have well-established youth employment programs and are working together to achieve significant community impact.

Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas (WA)

The Workforce Alliance is the Local Workforce Development Board, Administrative Entity and Program Administrator for US Department of Labor Education and Training programs in Local Area IV of Kansas, which includes Butler, Cowley, Harper, Kingman, Sedgwick and Sumner counties. It is a proud partner of the America’s Job Center Network and KANSASWORKS.COM. For additional information on the Workforce Alliance please visit


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