Mill City Grows: Team Highlights

Bank of America Student Leaders Program
Every year, Bank of America’s Student Leaders Program helps to connect 225 community-minded high school juniors and seniors to employment, skills development, and service. They’re awarded paid summer internships with local nonprofits and participate in a national leadership summit in Washington, D.C. This July, Mill City Grows was thrilled to welcome Melissa Lemayian, our new intern from this inspiring leadership program. We invite you to learn a little more about Melissa through the following special Q&A!

Learn more about the Bank of America Student Leaders Program here.


Meet Melissa Lemayian
Mill City Grows Intern from the Bank of America Student Leaders Program

1. Describe Mill City Grows’ mission in your own words: Mill City Grows’ mission is to provide healthy organic fresh foods to everyone in Lowell. Everyone – meaning being inclusive of all people, no matter their income race, or religion.

2. Why is this mission important to you personally? I know this is very important to me because my passion is rights for everyone and food rights go into that category. Everyone needs to maintain their health no matter their class, race, or religion.

3. What are you most excited about learning at Mill City Grows?  What have you learned during your internship? How to make farm fresh organic food. So far I’ve learned where our food comes from through the farming experience. I’ve also learned how to make new foods, like hummus!

4. What was your biggest take-away from the Student Leadership Summit? My biggest takeaway was even if you might feel like people are not taking you seriously because you’re a student, you should definitely keep proving yourself and working to help others in your community.  You haven’t succeeded until everyone behind you has succeeded as well.

5. How did you hear about Bank of America’s Student Leader program and why was this a program you wanted to participate in? I heard from someone who was a former intern. I wanted to participate in this program because leadership is important to me and this program will teach me more than I know now for senior year and college so that I’m making effective change.

6. At the end of the internship, what do you hope to walk away with? Healthier eating habits, and more open mindedness in terms of doing things with nature.

7. What is your dream job? To be a general surgeon. I’ve always wanted to be in the medical field.