Washington, DC – Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, addressed student leaders at the Bank of America Student Leadership Summit on Capitol Hill today. Corvington talked with more than 230 high school students about leadership, ways youth are transforming our nation through service, and opportunities for students to develop leadership skills while volunteering.
“By committing to local community service projects, young Americans, like these inspiring students, are leading the way to help solve local problems,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation. “We are committed to engaging thousands more young people to use their talents and creative power to make a difference through service.”
One of Corvington's top priorities as head of the nation's service programs is to expand opportunities for youth to serve and make a difference in their community. The agency oversees the Learn and Service America program, which engages more than one million young people in service projects throughout the year. This summer, over four thousand at-risk middle school students will participate in environmental and disaster relief projects, including planting gardens, “greening” homes, and preparing and distributing disaster preparedness kits, through the Corporation's Summer of Service grant program.
The Bank of America summit brought together civic-minded high school juniors and seniors who have exhibited leadership and passion for community service, and is part of the company's signature philanthropic program, the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative. Corvington joined nonprofit leaders, including Bank of America Charitable Foundation President and CEO Kerry Sullivan, Communities in Schools President and CEO Dan Cardinali, National College Advising Corps Executive Director Nicole Hurd, Children for Children Senior Program Associate Mark Moravits, and Points of Light Institute Director of Corporate Partnerships Paul Towne.