Two Treasure Coast high school students were recently selected as Bank of America Student Leaders, an eight-week summer internship that offers students that opportunity to serve their communities. Every year since the internship’s inception in 2004, 300 community-focused juniors and seniors from across the country are selected for the internship. The Treasure Coast program emphasizes workforce skills, leadership, and civic engagement with local nonprofits, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County.
Caroline Murphy, a senior at South Fork High School, and Christian Baca, a class of 2022 graduate from Treasure Coast High School, were selected as this year’s Treasure Coast Bank of America Student Leaders.
Murphy volunteers with St. Joseph Carpenter’s Kitchen and the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. After seeing the impact COVID-19 had on elderly members of the community, she got involved with Treasure Coast Hospice and has supported the organization’s grief counseling programs and helped organize fundraising events. Murphys is passionate about education and is a tutor for her peers.
Baca is an aspiring teacher who has established himself as a leader in the community. He is founder and chairman of St. Lucie Public Schools Youth Advisory Council, chairman of St. Lucie Youth Leadership, and president of his school’s National Honor Society. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Baca is committed to fighting discrimination as a mentor to other LGBTQ+ teenagers and a legal aid and translator for immigrants at Gaston Law Firm.
Murphy and Baca are completing a mentor-focused project with Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County, where they are teaching music classes and Spanish to younger children. They will also participate in a virtual Leadership Summit, delivered in partnership with the Close Up Foundation. The Summit will include opportunities to engage with congressional leaders, hear from leaders in civil and human rights, and the Stanford University Young Democracy at Home program, which encourages conversation about current issues facing young people today.