TAMPA (FOX 13) - Bay Area teens are coming together and learning how to become good leaders thanks to a program with more than 10 years behind it.
Beryl Colbert greeted, Ann Shaler, who she met 10 years ago through the Bank of America Student Leadership Program.
"I grew more as a leader. I flourished more as a leader. I learned more about my leadership style and how to communicate and how to work with diverse groups of people," Colbert said of her time with Shaler and the program.
The initiative was started 15 years ago to help develop future community leaders. It pairs up-and-coming student leaders with local Boys and Girls Clubs and other community service organizations.
"[The purpose is] to empower each generation to think about their community, become engaged, collaborate, communicate," Shaler explained.
Colbert took the lessons to heart. She has since started her own fashion business.
"I'm all about collaboration and growth and community, just making those connections," Colbert said.
Almost 120 Bay Area students have gone through the program.
"They're starting businesses, they're connecting to people, they're collaborating, they're thinking about how to give back in a community. I think it's the dream we had we when first thought of this program," Shaler added.
"The work that they are doing really does have proven results," said Colbert. "It really does have an impact on the students that go through it."
The internships are paid for by Bank of America and last for two months.