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.
Dec 6, 2016

Innovative Solutions to Business Challenges

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,

Because of your generous donation, students in Leadership Initiative's International Business Alliance Program (IBAP) are able to work with Nigerian Business Leaders to help solve real world problems. While furthering these student’s knowledge of business, the International Business Alliance Program helps to solve local developmental problems that Nigerian Business leaders encounter.

Oftentimes, Leadership Initiatives business leaders run into problems that they are unsure of how to deal with while trying to grow and develop their businesses. Very often, they lack the knowledge to come up with an innovative solution to solve the problem. This is where our IBAP students come into play. They decipher an innovative solution for the business leader, while attaining skills they could not obtain elsewhere. 

IBAP students will come away with problem-solving and critical thinking skills, as well as setting themselves apart during the college application process. While gaining these tools, they also help Nigerian business leaders to surpass their problems and continue to grow their businesses. 

Students are selected to become a part of the IBAP through the envision summer program, Global Young Innovators Initiative. In this program, up to twenty teams participate and the top five are offered the opportunity to become IBAP students. If they choose to accept, they enter into a two-year partnership with Leadership Initiatives, changing the world by continuing to assist Nigerian business leaders with real world problems that they encounter.

Currently, IBAP teams have been assisting businesses in making catalogs, logos, and business cards to advertise their product. In order to do so, IBAP students have refined their skills in Photoshop to produce aesthetically pleasing images for these companies. Previously, business owners in Nigeria did not have the ability to create advertisement tools. Our goal is to innovate business in developing worlds so that our businesses have a leg up on their competition.  

Along with a chance to change the world, they will also have access to the Leadership Initiatives mentorship program, SAT/ACT training from our partners at TestRocker, and letters of recommendation from their business partners and our dedicated board and staff members.

This beneficial relationship is only possible because of your generosity. It allows Leadership Initiatives to continue our efforts and develop independent profit-generating businesses that serve as models for growth in surrounding communities.

Director of Operations, Marshall Bailly states,

"Project beneficiaries fill voids in the local economy while improving their families' health, education and financial stability. Previous leaders have sent their brothers, sisters and children to school, helped invest in new businesses within the community, offered new services to community members such as the disabled, establishing infrastructure for the future growth of Nigeria.

Leadership Initiatives will be regularly providing updates and insight into these projects as the month's progress through Global Giving’s reporting program. Of course, at any time you can request a project update to learn up to date info on how this project is progressing.

As a supporter of "IBAP", Leadership Initiatives would love to have you involved if you ever want to help grow our programs, learn of ways you can participate or have new ideas on how to develop our programs please contact me at mbailly@leadershipinitiatives.org. Your hard work and intelligence is the greatest gift we could receive as we attempt to create a better world. 

Thank you once again from the bottom of everyone's heart here at Leadership Initiatives. If you would ever like to speak to our staff on the ground, a project leader, one of our Business Alliance student participants, we would love to set up a Skype chat for you, so you can personally see the change you are creating."

Wishing you the best!

Sincerely,

Austin Kunde

Assistant Director of Special Projects 

Dec 6, 2016

New Business Growth Opportunities in Nigeria

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,

Because of your generous donations, Leadership Initiatives (LI) was able to create 100 new jobs in 2015. LI takes on the problems of underdevelopment by giving tools needed to communities to address their own needs. We partner with local government and business leaders to provide individuals with the training needed to start their own business. After acquiring these tools, these young leaders take it upon themselves to develop within their communities. 

We breathe new life into democracies from the roots by cultivating self-reliant leadership within the community. We help individuals and communities build relationships necessary to solve problems using the existing resources within the community. In the process of doing so, we train individuals to take their neighbors, regions, and nations with them. 

Our goal is to better the lives of individual business owners and those in their communities. Creating a vast amount of jobs helps to better the lives of their families by giving them an opportunity to send their children to school, buy needed medication, and improve the overall living conditions. It also betters the lives of those in their community by offering products and services that were unavailable before. 

An example of your generosity and donations being put to great work is Muhammad who has worked as an automotive electrical repairman for over five years. His efficient service has given him the reputation of a problem solver, earning him a position as a community leader. Many people throughout the community look to him for advice and guidance. He currently employs three people, fixing around ten to thirteen cars per month. Unlike many automotive repair shops in Nigeria, Muhammad works with most every single model, giving him a leg up on his competitors. Because of his unique skillset, Mohammad is able to provide training in electrical repairing, empowering working men to seek jobs of their own 

Rita Mi, a 24-year-old college graduate is yet another great example of your donations being put to great use. She is the first born in her family and has always had a creative mind. She decided to put this skill to use in 2013 by starting her own wedding makeup business. Rita is a driven young woman, glamorizing on average three to five brides every month in both Bauchi and neighboring states. She has been able to train other in her field and help with the education of her two younger siblings.

This would all be impossible without your generosity. Your donations have allowed us to continue our efforts and develop independent profit-generating businesses that serve as models for growth in surrounding communities.

Director of Operations, Marshall Bailly states,

"Project beneficiaries fill voids in the local economy while improving their families' health, education and financial stability. Previous leaders have sent their brothers, sisters and children to school, helped invest in new businesses within the community, offered new services to community members such as the disabled, establishing infrastructure for the future growth of Nigeria.

Leadership Initiatives will be regularly providing updates and insight into these projects as the month's progress through Global Giving’s reporting program. Of course, at any time you can request a project update to learn up to date info on how this project is progressing.

As a supporter of these communities, Leadership Initiatives would love to have you involved if you ever want to help grow our programs, learn of ways you can participate or have new ideas on how to develop our programs please contact me at mbailly@leadershipinitiatives.org. Your hard work and intelligence is the greatest gift we could receive as we attempt to create a better world.

Thank you once again from the bottom of everyone's heart here at Leadership Initiatives. If you would ever like to speak to our staff on the ground, a project leader, one of our Business Alliance student participants, we would love to set up a Skype chat for you, so you can personally see the change you are creating."

Wishing you the best!

Sincerely,

Austin Kunde

Assistant Director of Special Projects

Dec 6, 2016

Local Lives Impacted Through Literacy Training

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,

Because of your generous donation, you have made it possible for us to begin to break down the language barrier and communicate with our business leaders in Nigeria. In Nigeria, they do not speak English, but Hausa. Although much progress is being made, Nigerian business owners have had problems expanding to new neighborhoods due to the language barrier. Our goal is to completely break this down.

Because all business transactions are done in English, business owners that do not speak the language cannot expand. This problem is mostly prevalent in the youth population of Nigeria. Therefore, this project will directly address youth literacy training to gain employment or better support their business sponsor. 

To address this, Leadership Initiatives will train 15 young business owners with basic English and language skills over the next year. Not only does this effect 15 young business owners, but through the use of business cards, effects upwards of 100 people. This will allow many more people to gain access to employment and encourage other youth to come to Leadership Initiatives for both literacy and job training. Our goal is to educate young leaders of the country so that one day they can transform their own country for the better.

While teaching business owners literacy skills, we are also offering literacy training to orphans and those who take care orphans. Recently, our IBAP team has developed a booklet to help both business owners and orphans learn the alphabet. From A-Z, there is a page for every letter including, the letter in both upper and lower cases, a word that begins with the given letter, a picture and pronunciation of the word, and the translated word in Huasa, their native language.

Without your generosity, this would not be possible. You have allowed us an opportunity to continue our efforts and develop independent profit-generating businesses that serve as models for growth in surrounding communities.

Director of Operations Marshall Bailly stated,

"Project beneficiaries fill voids in the local economy while improving their families' health, education and financial stability. Previous leaders have sent their brothers, sisters and children to school, helped invest in new businesses within the community, offered new services to community members such as the disabled, establishing infrastructure for the future growth of Nigeria.

Leadership Initiatives will be regularly providing updates and insight into these projects as the month's progress through Global Giving’s reporting program. Of course, at any time you can request a project update to learn up to date info on how this project is progressing.

As a supporter of "Literacy in Nigeria”, Leadership Initiatives would love to have you involved if you ever want to help grow our programs, learn of ways you can participate or have new ideas on how to develop our programs please contact me at mbailly@leadershipinitiatives.org. Your hard work and intelligence is the greatest gift we could receive as we attempt to create a better world.

Thank you once again from the bottom of everyone's heart here at Leadership Initiatives. If you would ever like to speak to our staff on the ground, a project leader, one of our Business Alliance student participants, we would love to set up a Skype chat for you, so you can personally see the change you are creating."

Wishing you the best!

Sincerely,

Austin

Assistant Director of Special Projects

 
   

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