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H-F’s Aydenn Harris selected for Bank of America internship

Homewood-Flossmoor High School senior Aydenn Harris is participating in a Bank of America internship through the Bank of America Student Leaders program.

Aydenn Harris (Provided photo)

Harris is one of five Chicago area students selected for the program. He has been spending time at the nonprofit Metropolitan Family Services offices on the north side of Chicago helping with a mentoring program for persons interested in a job in the trades. 

Harris said it’s a great fit for him because he’s involved in the technical education program at H-F. In April, Harris took third place in the CNC 3-Axis competition of the Skills USA Illinois competition, showing his skills on a machine that’s used to produce various automotive parts.

It was a TV news segment in summer 2023 that piqued Harris’s interest in the Bank of America program. He said he and the students who were profiled had similar interests. He searched for information on the program and applied in January for the 2024 cohort. In March, he learned he was accepted for the paid internship.

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The Bank of America Student Leaders Program is now in its 20th year of offering high school seniors and recent graduates summer work experience at a nonprofit to help develop their leadership and practical workforce skills in local nonprofits. 

As part of the program, Harris will be going to Washington, D.C., the week of July 22 for a week-long, all expenses paid national leadership summit. He will be meeting with policymakers and learning how nonprofits, government agencies and businesses collaborate to assist local communities.

“I just can’t wait for it!” Harris said.

Harris has been volunteering for years at the food pantry at St. Mark Methodist Church in Chicago where he’s a member. His grandmother and he also work a food pantry in Evanston.

At H-F, Harris volunteers as a math tutor on Saturdays. He’s the communications officer for Mu Alpha Theta, the math honors society. 

He will continue in the technical education curriculum his senior year. He’s been in the program since his freshman year taking welding and manufacturing courses. He hasn’t settled on a college major yet because he wants to find a school where he can major in both engineering and public policy and be part of the school band.

Harris is a trumpet section leader for the H-F marching band. He’s played the trumpet since fourth grade. He said it’s a versatile instrument that he can take anywhere, and he knows Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis were both trumpet players.

Harris is the son of Tiffany Harris of Homewood. 

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