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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Jun 12, 2018

Unity Restaurant

Deborah from Unity Restaurant
Deborah from Unity Restaurant

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives Donors,

It is halfway through 2018, and our reach keeps expanding rapidly all thanks to those who support us. Due to this tremendous support, we have more IBIP teams and business partners than every before. We could have not done it without your kindness.

Therefore I would like to share a student's story of her experience with her business partner and how your contributions made this interaction possible:

"My journey at Leadership Initiatives began two years ago when I attended the Global Young Innovators, Envision summer program at Emory University. There we were presented with a business from Nigeria which we would help during the entire week and at the end give a presentation of our solutions. Because of my great work here, I was able to start an IBIP team of my own. For the past year and a half, my team has been working with Ms. Deborah and Unity Restaurant, helping her improve the problems presented to us. Some of our solutions that we have been able to give to Ms. Deborah are a new logo, new business cards, new flyers, and re-designed menus. Currently, we are working on improving her delivery system."

From this student helping Deborah and her restaurant, she has been able to expand, and therefore have the resources to help others in her community. All of our business leaders that we partner with are dedicated community leaders who - if helped - will offer jobs and support to other people in their community. This creates a cycle of change that continues to help generations ahead. As long as we give these people the help that they need, they will make sure to use that gift to cause change themselves. 

We thank you again to our donors and supporters because you truly make a big difference in our reach. By supporting us, you are supporting the people of sub-Saharan Africa who are grateful for your contribution. Your generosity has helped us create more job opportunities for both community adults with businesses and orphans. Change can happen anywhere at anytime - and by helping us, you are affecting lives halfway across the world. Thank you again for all that you do.

Thanks,

The Leadership Initiatives Team

Deborah cooking
Deborah cooking

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Mar 29, 2018

Amazing work from LI Intern

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!

 

Thanks,

Leadership Initiatives

 
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