Leadership Initiatives

Leadership Initiatives (LI) renews democracies on a grassroots level by cultivating self-reliant leadership. We help individuals and communities forge the connections necessary to solve local problems using existing community resources. In the process we train a new generation of innovative, resourceful leaders poised to catapult their neighborhoods, regions, and nations forward.
Mar 6, 2015

Lives transformed because of your support

Life Changing Stories Part 1
Life Changing Stories Part 1

Dear Astonishing Leadership Initiatives Donor,

Because of you more jobs than ever exist in Bauchi State. I wanted to use this update to highlight a few of our life changing stories from this project that you made possible. 

Please look at the two attachments in this email that highlight, the business owners, their employees, the children who can now afford to attend school and more because of your amazing contributions to Leadership Initiatives. 

If you would like to learn more about our business partners visit our new website at www.lichange.org.  There you can find out about their personal stories, meet members of the community, view photo galleries, or even set up a skype call with a business owner! 

Also if you had a moment could you tell us why you donated and how you heard of us, we are always trying to better refine our message and reach more people with our call to change. Thank you for also helping us, understand wonderful people like you better!

Wishing you, your friends and especially your family the absolute best this Holiday Season!

Sincerely,

 

Marshall and the entire LI family
Life Changing Stories Part 2
Life Changing Stories Part 2

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Mar 6, 2015

Thank you for changes lives on person at a time

Auwal
Auwal's Shop

Dear Astonishing Leadership Initiatives donor,

Because of you Leadership Initiatives has added a new English Literacy component to our business training programs, that will help business owners and their co-workers expand their services to new markets by working with them to translate their work through basic English speaking and literacy training.

I want to take a moment and highlight one individual who has undergone this training and what it means to our programs.

The son of a fisherman and a tailor, Auwal’s parents always had high expectations for him. Auwal lived in Maiduguri, Borno state before the Boko Haram crisis began.  Because of the terrorism crisis, his parents slowly lost their financial standing due to less tourism and trade with their state, and could not afford to finance Auwals’ education beyond the primary level. Eventually, he and 8 of his siblings left Maiduguri for Bauchi to seek a better life and job opportunities.

Auwal was taken in by a relative in Bauchi where he was allowed to train as a motorcycle repair apprentice. After working there for years and saving money between himself and his family members to open up his own shop he was ready to strike out on his own.

In 2013 Auwal became part of the Leadership Initiatives Business Creation Program where he learned business management skills, motorcycle repair training and with LI’s help found additional local funding to get his repair shop off the ground.

His business has quickly taken off attracting business as a repair shop and one day soon Auwal hopes to also sell motorcycles as well. As the 5th born of 17 in his family Auwal has taken it upon himself to provide for his brothers and sisters, he currently assists all 7 of his siblings living with or near him in Bauchi State and sends money and other gifts to his parents and siblings still living in Maidiguri.

Because of the support Auwal’s siblings in Bauchi have become carpenters, painters, tailors and brick-layers making both of his parents proud and grateful of Auwal success and devotion to helping his family grow.

You can learn more at www.lichange.org or view the program pamphlet and benefits sheet attached along with our highlighted business partner Auwal Motorcycle Workshop.

If you would like to learn more about our business creation programs please visit our new website at www.lichange.org.  There you can find out about their personal stories, meet members of the community, view photo galleries, or even set up a skype call with a business owner! 

Also if you had a moment could you tell us why you donated and how you heard of us, we are always trying to better refine our message and reach more people with our call to change. Thank you for also helping us, understand wonderful people like you better!

Wishing you, your friends and especially your family the absolute best this Holiday Season!

Sincerely,

 

Marshall and the entire LI family
Auwal Practicing His Writing Skills
Auwal Practicing His Writing Skills

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Mar 6, 2015

More Young Lives Transformed By Your Support

Lily
Lily's Team

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives donors,

Our Young Innovators Program has taken off with astonishing success because of your support and the hard work of hundreds of high school students from across the United States. 

As of March 3rd, our International Business Alliance Program has expanded to 30 schools across the USA, transforming over 155 lives and it is our goal in 2016 to have 60 plus schools across the United States. Expanding leadership capacity of hundreds of high school students on a local and regional level throughout the world creating a new generation of leaders with a greater understanding and depth of experience in international development.

One such individual whose live you have helped change is Lily who recently wrote about her experience in the program.

            Working with Leadership Initiatives has been the most amazing experience. I first heard about Leadership Initiatives and the IBAP program while attending the Envision National Youth Leadership Forum: National Security. Mr. Marshall Bailly III was one of the speakers for the diplomacy aspect of the forum and I was immediately interested in what he had to say; when he asked for students interested in becoming active with the organization to come speak to him after his presentation, I immediately rushed to the front.

            Soon after, I received an email from Mr. Bailly about the process to become a partner school for the IBAP. I seized the opportunity, immediately rounding up a group of friends and completing the application. After formally becoming a partner school, Mr. Bailly and I organized a time to videochat with the entire team and introduce us into the program. Mr. Bailly introduced us to our mentor, Ms. Kinzer, as well as our partner business, a mobile textile business. We figured out our roles as a team as well as what was expected of us, and we went to work immediately, making sure to use the wonderful resources provided to us including free SAT preparation, mentorship, and sponsorship by various organizations. The whole process progressed very quickly. Within a month, I had gone from a girl with a dream to change the world to one with a team and a real opportunity to make a difference.

            The program has been an amazing experience. My team’s mentor is such an amazing role model; she serves as an advocate, advisor, and, of course, dear friend. After only a few calls with her, I know that she is such an amazing person and she has already provided me with so many resources I never would have had access to as well as insights into the future. For example, after talking to her about what I hope to achieve in my career, she connected me with her brother who followed exactly the same path I hope to. I have gained so much direction and she has helped me to plan my future. Mr. Bailly himself has been an incredible mentor as well. He is always available should my team need any help and is always very kind, clear, considerate, and timely in his communications with my team.

            The IBAP program means so much to me personally and I know that it will help me with my goals and pursuits. I love knowing that every day I am making a real impact on someone’s life and, in my own way, am making the world a better place. In addition to that personal satisfaction, the IBAP program will also help me achieve my ultimate goals for the future. My team feels that same way and we are all so grateful for this incredible program!

If you would like to learn more about our IBAP program or their business partners visit our new website at www.lichange.org.  There you can find out about their personal stories, meet members of the community, view photo galleries, or even set up a skype call with a business owner! 

Also if you had a moment could you tell us why you donated and how you heard of us, we are always trying to better refine our message and reach more people with our call to change. Thank you for also helping us, understand wonderful people like you better!

Wishing you, your friends and especially your family the absolute best this Holiday Season!

Sincerely,

 

Marshall and the entire LI family
Their Business Partner
Their Business Partner
Her Business Partners Profile
Her Business Partners Profile

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