Dear Valued Leadership Initiative Donor,
Over the summer at the International Leadership Business Summit, many students across America met at Georgetown University to help create innovative solutions for business owners in Nigeria. With the support of various mentors and the Leadership Initiatives team, the students created some outstanding projects; therefore, many were funded and are now in the testing and implementation stage over in Bauchi. Most of these students were from the International Business Alliance Program (IBAP) who work extensively with their own business partners throughout the year, in addition to the summer program.
At this program, students worked with a wedding makeup business to solve their main issues: ways of comparing client’s skin tone with desired or required make-up for effective outcome, advertising, and ways to mangage finances. The students definitely did not disappoint in creating effective solutions for the client. Instead of competing to have the best project, students split up into teams and worked on an individual solution to maximize the benefit of their work.
From the presentations, the students collaborated to set up a finance system with charts that help the owner track short and long term benefits. They also worked with cheap but quality makeup brands to find more cost effective foundations that will fit every color of skin. This is a huge step in the owner's selection; her variety of foundations have been increased from three to over nine shades to accomdate for more diversity. Lastly, the students came up with an quality advertisement plan by creating a sleek logo and finding new ways to gain new clientele and loyal customers. All of these solutions are in the process of review to be funded, but will greatly help the owner if implemented. The dedication of these students is the reason why these owners prosper and grow.
These solutions and ideas are only possible because of your generous donations to the people of Nigeria. We appreciate the support in our endeavors and the students as they find solutions to help grow businesses. Not only are we grateful, but the business owners are too for your faith in them. You are changing the world and the lives of these people. We will continue to strive to empower these businesses so they may lead their communities and set an example for those around them. Thank you again.
Leadership Initiatives Team
Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,
By creating simple and innovative solutions, high school students have been able to make an inimitable impact on different businesses in Nigeria. This summer, bright students from Leadership Initiative’s IBAP program gathered at Georgetown University to tackle the problems that different businesses were facing.
JAFI Security, a security business based in Nigeria, was one of those businesses that benefited from the students who worked to strengthen their defense system against the attacks of Boko Haram at a valued university. The company's problems were rooted in communication error; therefore, the students figured out that a system of walkie talkies and code words would be the most effective to respond faster in the event of an attack. This system of walkie talkies is currently being tested in phases within the company, but it already has "made a significant impact" on "reducing the gap of communication" between workers to supervisors in those test groups. Although preliminary testing will not be finished until the end of October, the owners of JAFI Security are "so excited" about this development and cannot wait to "see the long term effects" of this "life-changing" project for them. Even though only this singular solution has been tested so far, the owners cannot wait until the students return to t hesummer program to help create more solutions.
To see the lives of these people enriched with excitement and vigor truly shows the power of what one person can do. This is why Leadership Initiatives was created - to inspire and promote progress in people that do not have the same opportunities as others. High school students can change the world - if they have the necessary tools to be the catalyst for that change.
It is amazing to see how such a small idea from teenagers can change the lives of people across the globe. If we allow students to continue to cultivate a better future for others, their imagination will surely make a difference in those people that they work with.
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 IBAP and summer programs and implement them into the business. Our business leaders in Nigeria have benefited 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. You are making a difference in the lives of those working in JAFI Security and others within our program!
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For one week I was granted an amazing opportunity to attend the Leadership Initiatives Business Summit at Georgetown University. During that week, we collaborated in groups that were made up of between 3-4 students and proposed solutions to struggling businesses in Nigeria to help increase their profits. At the conclusion of the week, my peers and I observed as each team presented their ideas to a panel of judges, which included LI representatives. One group presentation addressed the problems facing a small orphanage in Nigeria.
The main problem the team of students worked on during the week was addressing the orphans lack of materials. The children in the orphanage range from ages 6-11 years old and are still learning basic skills. In addition to the orphans young age, it is also very difficult for teachers and those assisting in the orphanage to effectively teach the students if they do not have the necessary resources to get a strong education. The LI students came up with a learning book that would assist the students in basic skills such as writing, the alphabet, numbers, colors and shapes. The LI students emphasized the importance of repetition, tracing, and color association which is essential in all children learning criteria in order to be successful. The book would also be written in the orphan’s native language, but teach the student english as well. One aspect of the LI team’s book layout that was truly spectacular and perfect for the orphanage was the design of the front cover. The students created a cover page that would have a picture, in color, of the students face and name; the cover would say “This book belongs to:”. This idea was a perfect fit for the orphanage as many of the children lack a sense of belonging and ownership. In addition to a sense of ownership, it would also give the orphans a deeper connection to their education if they have a specific book that belongs to them.
With your help, the orphans are able to continue their apprenticeships, which allows them to master specific skills in order for them to successfully integrate into society, while also earning set wages. This also allows the orphans to be active participants and contributors to their communities. As a direct result of generous donations, the LI team is able to help hundreds of small developing businesses and improve communities throughout Nigeria.
The LI Change team