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Berkeley this fall. “It’s been a very enriching ex- perience for me over the years,” he said of his time at Ocean Discovery. “I’ve had a number of incredible experiences, includ- ing an opportunity to travel to Mexico and do hands-on re- search [for the organization]. The Ocean Discovery Institute gave me so many opportunities that I wouldn’t have been able to do on my own.”

During his intensive intern-

ship, which began June 27 and wrapped Aug. 17, Rivera worked with Executive Direc- tor Shara Fisler and other lead staff members on a number of projects, including writing grant requests and assisting with donor research.

Rivera said he took pride in his work throughout the sum- mer, and hopes his efforts would trickle down to younger students in living situations similar to his. In recent years, Rivera said he has become a staunch advocate of providing all students with equal opportunities at attaining a quality education.

One summer highlight for Ri- vera was an opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. in mid-July for a student leadership sum- mit, also sponsored by Bank of America. He and other program participants learned the virtues of service through a variety of activi- ties and workshops. With a highly rewarding sum-

mer experience still fresh in his mind, Rivera said he has a num- ber of goals in the future. He is settling into post-high school life and eventually aspires to major in and pursue a trade within the study of mechanical engineering. “I’m looking around for oppor-

tunities here in Berkeley,” Rivera said. “I want to look for some- thing similar to [Ocean Discov- ery] so I can continue to research and become a problem-solver. I love solving problems.” More than anything, Rivera said he is excited and humbled to have opportunities that were not necessarily present in previous generations of his family. “I’m living my dream right

now,” he said emphatically. Bank of America provided 230 students with opportunities to partake in a variety of civic-mind- ed internships across the nation. According to company officials, $1 million was devoted to this year’s leadership program, which began in 2004.

“Our Student Leaders Pro-

gram helps match extraordinary civic-minded youth with nonprofit organizations in need of addition- al resources,” said Rick Bregman, president of Bank of America’s San Diego market. “Through this initiative, we’re equipping young people with invaluable learning and professional development experiences, while continuing to create and build a true culture of service in our own backyard.”u


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