Dear Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,
As the school year comes to an end, I would like to celebrate the wonderful job that all of the high school students have been doing to help their Nigerian business partners. The dedication to their projects is inspiring to everyone. As the summer programs come up, it is exciting to think about all of the new and old students coming to help change lives! In honor of this, here is a personal story from one of our interns, Sarah, on how her life has changed because of the programs:
“My time at Leadership Initiatives begin two years ago, when I attended the Global Youth Innovators at Initiative at University of Chicago. During my time spent there, I had my first opportunity to work with entrepreneurs in Nigeria to help them implement solutions into their business so that they could grow and thrive in their communities. Greatly humbled and impassioned by this experience, I chose to form an International Business Internship Program team with four of my most determined classmates/friends. We began working with an ambitious young woman named Zainab, who runs her own yogurt business in Bauchi State, Nigeria. After having the opportunity to meet Zainab through skype and see, first hand, what a hard-working, dedicated individual she is, my team felt compelled to help her in any way we could. Since then, we have developed a new, consistent recipe for her yogurt drink, created a marketing plan with a business name (Golden Spoon) and logo design, and are currently working to implement these solutions and develop a natural and safe way to preserve her product. The IBIP program has given me the amazing opportunity make a difference across the globe while simultaneously getting to form authentic relationships with astounding individuals.”
We are so proud of our students, and thank you all for sharing in our cause to change lives. Your journey with us is much appreciated. I deeply thank you for the gratitude you have all shown us in the past, and I hope you continue to support us in the future!
If you would like to learn more about our upcoming programs, please visit bethechangenow.org!
Dear Valued Leadership Initiative Donor,
Things have been going great in the lovely Bauchi located in Nigeria. Our reach of business partners in Nigeria is still expanding rapidly, and we are making great headway to change more lives every single day. Leadership Initiatives is so blessed to be working with such an amazing team and businesses that are committed to bettering themselves and the community.
One of our amazing business owners, Ibrahim, owns a Mobile Phone Repair Company and has been making great strides in his work. Ibrahim does not only help lead the community; he helps teach young boys his trade to give them the skills to make a living. The skills they gained with Ibrahim allow them to provide for their families and contribute to the well-being of their community. Besides taking in apprentices, Ibrahim has worked hard to support his sister and uncle after both of his parents died. In these difficult circumstances, Ibrahim stepped up and made ends meet.
Now Ibrahim has used his business to put himself through school at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University and will be graduating later this year with a degree in Microbiology. Ibrahim plans to continue to help his community and use his degree to pursue other passions.
Thanks to you as donors, Ibrahim has had the chance to expand his business to the point where he can pay for an education at university. Leadership Initiatives will always be committed to community leaders like Ibrahim, and we are always happy to see people thriving from our work. However, it is donors like you who have given us the chance to affect the lives of many Nigerian businesses so they can help more people around them.
I am very grateful for your part in our journey, and I hope you stick around to here more amazing stories from half way across the world in Nigeria.
Leadership Initiatives Team
The school year is ending and that means that the yearly Leadership Initiatives’ International Leadership Business Summits are rapidly approaching! After the overwhelming success from last year’s teams, all of LI is super pumped for a new year of more solutions from amazing high school students. In addition to the ILBS Summits, Leadership Initiatives is sponsoring a Law and Medical program to help student’s take their passions and exercise them at a young age. Overall, we continue to be impressed with student solution’s and do not expect to be disappointed again this year. If you would like more information about the upcoming summer programs or would like to change the world yourself, please visit bethechangenow.org
In honor of this upcoming summer season, I am going to share below a story from one student who participated in last year’s summit:
“My first business partner was Ibrahim Usman, who created a mobile phone repair business to help support his sister and his uncle, who took them in after his parents were killed. I created a financial management system that could be used both digitally and on paper, as the electricity was being frequently shut off often in the area at that time. Because of this experience, I immediately fell in love with LI and wanted to do more.”
Life changing experiences are happening at these summer programs because of not only the student’s dedication, but yours as donors. Last year, Leadership Initiatives’ had a record breaking number of student solution’s funded because of the generous donations and support that we have received.
Let’s continue changing the world together. You are changing the world with us and I am so glad that every one of you is on this journey to help empower the communities of Nigeria. Thank you again for your support and generosity; I know that your impact is real and important and I cannot wait for our future together!
The Leadership Initiatives Team