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Jun 25, 2018

Helping Auto Repair Shop Prosper!

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,

Today has marked the beginning of the first YDP summer program for 2018! We have a great group of students ready to learn and do amazing things in our Law program. Therefore, Leadership Initiatives would like to thank all of our supporters and students for making this experience possible. We could not do it without you. 

In preparation for the summer programs and especially the International Businees and Leadership Summit, I would like to share a story from one of our students solutions:

"My experience with Leadership Initiatives all started at the Global Young Innovators Initiatives summer program. Before I attended this program, I couldn’t imagine that I would be working with an auto repair business located in Bauchi State, Nigeria, a town that has been attacked by Boko Haram. As a 16 year old kid who failed my only attempt to change a tire, I could not imagine I would be giving auto repair advice to Faisal Sa’ad, a man who had been working in this field his whole life. Not only was I able to give him advice, but my innovative solutions actually became a reality for my business partner. From this, I was invited to lead a team for International Business Internship Program (IBIP), that uses first-world students with easy access to technology to make a difference across the globe. Upon accepting the invitation, I agreed to create a team willing to make a two-year commitment.

Over the last year, our team has given instructions on timing belt replacement, inserting the stabilizer linkage, and inserting the driving shaft. In addition, we helped the business maximize profits, create a logo, and proposed advertising. My team has been able to improve Faisal’s business, and I hope that I can keep helping him grow his business even more in the future."

From these student solutions, we are able to create change in a vast amount of businesses located in Nigeria. This empowerment of businesses increases the infrastructure of the area and helps develop the city to prosper with the business owners acting as community leaders. If we are the catalyst to grow these businesses then they are able to help other individuals in their community by offering them a paying job or appointing apprentices. 

I would like to thank our supporters again, because we could truly not make this happen without your support for us and for what we stand for. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and is going to help make international change in Nigeria. Thank you again!

Best,

The Leadership Initiatives Team

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Jun 20, 2018

Rabi's Story

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,

The high school summer programs are coming up very soon, and we at Leadership Initiatives are so excited to see the outstanding solutions created by some of the best students across the nation. However, the real takeaway from our programs is not only the student's success, but the lives that are changed forever, especially in the International Leadership and Business Summit. From the solutions created, Nigerian business owners are able to help their community positively by empowering others, taking in orphans, and providing jobs for those who need it. 

Although the benefits for the community are exponential, the growth of the business from these solutions allow the business owners to gain more education and the knowledge to strengthen their career and passions. One specific business owner, Rabi runs a catering business in Bauchi, Nigeria. She lives with her family and works hard at cooking and making pasteries to support herself and the family. However, her goal is to eventually go back to school and get a degree in a science-major. 

Before Rabi goes back to school herself, she wants to give her sister the opportunity to go to university first with her support. This selfless act shows how Rabi truly deserves the best in her company and life. She is dedicated to helping those around her being the best that they can be before helping herself. That is why it is so important that we help these remarkable individuals so they can acheive their dreams and provide a better future for the next generation. 

Your contribution is not only impacting one life - it is working towards empowering a community that does not have the same priviledges as some of us. If we give individuals the tools that they need to succeed, they will thrive and beget more change in their community. 

Thank you so much for your generosity in helping us continue our mission to empower business men and women globally. Your support means the world to us and those who you are directly helping. By your contributions, you are allowing people like Rabi to attend university and gain a valuable education. We can make a difference together by helping those individuals in developing countries to gain valuable knowledge to help them suceed even further. I thank you again for joining us on this journey!

Best, 

The Leadership Initiatives Team

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Jun 12, 2018

Excited for Summer Programs

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives Donor,

In a few weeks, the first set of students will be attending our first ever Law program at Georgetown University. At this program, high school students will be paired with real attorneys and clients on cases of national importance for hands-on legal experience. These students will spend seven days working on witness preparation for either a federal fraud investigation or researching discovery and trial strategy for a case involving gender discrimination against female government employees. This program is revolutionary and one-of-a-kind opportunity, and we are excited to see what the minds of the youth can do and create in a mere week!

Along with the Law program, our other new program is the Medical program where high school students are paired with top medical professionals with the goal of training the next generation of doctors in the fields of emergency room medicine, surgery, medical research and sports medicine. These students will actually have the chance to use Microsoft’s Oculus Rift technology to diagnose and treat a patient in sub-Saharan Africa in real time. So not only are these students going to be learning from the top professionals in their field, but they also will be saving a life.

Of course on top of these two amazing opportunities, Leadership Initiatives will continue to host the International Leadership and Business Summit where students will have the chance to develop solutions for real-world problems faced by businesses in developing nations. We have featured many stories of our student solutions from this summit, and we are excited for more amazing work and innovative solutions from our students this summer. We are proud of all of these students for deciding to make a difference in the world - not only locally, but internationally. However, our students would not have this awesome opportunity without your generous support.

Therefore, I just want to say thank you again to all of our wonderful donors because you allow our programs to prosper and expand to change more lives. Your generosity allows Leadership Initiatives to the fund student solutions in the IBIP and summer programs and implement them into action. Our business leaders in Nigeria have benefitted so much from the student's work that they are now able to reach out to other people in their community and empower them. Thank you so much for believing in Leadership Initiatives and the students from our programs.

If you are interested in attending one of the programs yourself, please visit bethechangenow.org. If you would like to learn more about us in general, please visit lichange.org!

Thanks,

The Leadership Initiatives Team

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