Passaic County Technical Institute
International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Class of 2019
My name is Amanda Scialla and I currently live in Passaic County, New Jersey. I grew up in Ramsey, New Jersey and then moved into North Haledon before entering Passaic County Technical Institute of Wayne.
I am currently a senior in the Academy of Criminal Justice where I have studied the past three years. Through the academy, I have learned skills regarding crime and justice, courtroom mannerisms, juvenile detention, terrorism, emergency medical services, and drug activity. Majoring in this area has also allowed me to be part of our Mock Trial Competition team, working as an attorney for three years and now captain. Being provided with these opportunities has allowed me to progress in my personal life, as well as it increased my love for Criminal Justice. In addition to this team, I am also the manager of our varsity baseball team for my third consistent year. As well as volunteering for PCTI, I am also a volunteer for the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Wayne. By volunteering and giving back to people I have learned that compensation for work is not a necessity, it is a luxury. This is what sparked my interest into the IBIP Program.
I believe that IBIP is a once in a lifetime program that not only benefits people around the world, but benefits our team as well. The work we are progressing towards is so significant to society that I cannot wait to continue the journey toward our goal.
Class of 2020
My name is Destiny Colmenares, and I am currently a junior at Passaic County Technical Institute. I have a passion for reading and writing, a hobby I have adored for years.
I am in the Academy of Criminal Justice in which I learn about the American justice system, from appellate courts to prison sentencing. As apart of the academy, i have also taken a course on emergency medical services, and have become CPR certified. I am also entering my second year as a Defense Attorney for PCTI’s Mock Trial Team. Throughout the 2017-2018 season, our school team was crowned the Passaic County Mock Trial Champions. We were also state finalists in the state competition, and won the County Championship for Law Day. Besides mock trial, I served as a Representative for the Class of 2020 for two years, and am a member of the Gay-Straight Alliance club. I am also in the process of co-creating a Debate team in my school.
I am extremely excited to add onto my town’s success and share this beautiful experience with the rest of my team. More importantly, however, having been born and raised in a small, penurious town, the idea of ever being able to make even the smallest impact on the world seemed nearly impossible. Thankfully, I have been given a once in a lifetime opportunity in joining the International Business Internship Program. With IBIP, I will be able to positively change other human lives across the globe, and there is truly no greater feeling than being able to help others in need.
Class of 2020
My name is Melissa Felix. I am currently a Junior attending Passaic County Technical Institute, a vocational school located in Wayne, New Jersey.
I study Criminal Justice, as well as, compete in the Mock Trial. I also help out within my community. I work with a group called the JCC, the Juvenile Conference Committee, where I along with various students help Juveniles with their third-degree crimes. I also volunteer at my local church every Sunday for about 3 hours. I love to exert all of my energy in everything I do.
I am beyond elated to be given a chance to work with Leadership Initiatives. Their mission statement is everything I stand for. My passion is to help people to the best of my ability and to learn more about different cultures. I honestly can’t wait to impact lives!
Class of 2020
My name is Stephanie Longares and I am a junior in Passaic County Technical Institute, a vocational school in Wayne, NJ where I study Criminal Justice.
I am a hardworking student-athlete. I play soccer and run track and I participate in my school’s ROTC program. I am currently employed as a lifeguard and have learned to manage the responsibility that comes with a job. Additionally, I volunteer as a member of the Juvenile Conference Committee where I use my knowledge in Criminal Justice to find alternatives for juveniles who commit crimes. I hope to pursue a career in Forensic Psychology. My main goal is to help others and I feel that by learning about human behavior and the manner in which we function, I can serve as a facilitator for others in regards to dealing with their emotions and any potential traumatic experiences that they might have endured. I wish to combine this with my passion for Criminal Justice and work to initiate a necessary change in our system.
The IBIP Program is an amazing opportunity that allows me to reach outside of my community and make changes in other parts of the world. I am eager to begin interacting with new people and contributing to the team in order to make a difference.
Class of 2020
My name is Michael Calixto, and I’m a junior at Passaic County Technical Institue, in Wayne, NJ. Interestingly enough, I’ve lived in Passaic County my whole life. Ever since I was diagnosed with a chronic kidney disease six years ago, it has become my goal to help people around the world. My dream is to become a professional in the medical field, for I myself have had a challenging history with my health.
Currently, I'm ranked 1st in the Class of 2020, with a cumulative rank of 4.670. This year I decided to take challenging courses such as AP Language and Literature, AP US History, and AP Calculus, hoping I can make the most of my schools inside and outside of school.
As far as extra-curricular activities go, I'm currently a class representative. I'm also a member of Health Occupations Students of America, making it 4th in the state's competition. As of last year, I became the Regional Parliamentarian and will be working with other highly qualified students my age. As for the other programs I'm a part of, I'm a member of the Gifted and Talented Program and History Program. I've been a member of the Passaic Highschool Marching Band and competed in nationals. I've also volunteered in the Passaic Gifted and Talented Academy in Passaic, NJ, to help students with their musical abilities in the band. This summer, I volunteered at Eva's Village in Paterson. NJ, helping prepare and serve breakfast to underprivileged residents. This is my first year participating in IBIP, and I'm excited to see how much my team will be able to do to help.
Our Business Partner: Fish Farming
Business Owner: Shehu Gagare
Business Location: GRA Anguwan Shugaba. Firo, Tun Village, Yali Ward. Gajuwa LGA – Bauchi State
Story of the Business
Mr. Shehu learned the fish farming business at an early age. Living in a community where they have a large dam (Gubi Dam), people usually fish from the dam and the dam is the main supply of the water treatment plant of Bauchi metropolitan area. At the age of 15 he learn how to hatch fish from a Chinese team that were working at the dam. However, he had been working in other people’s farm. In January of 2017, Shehu partnered with Leadership Initiatives (LI) to build his own farm for him. His farm has since expanded and increased Shehu’s ability to support himself and his family.
About the Owner: Shehu Gagare
Shehu was born in Bauchi where he live with his parent and families; he is married with seven (7) children. All his life he had worked as a subsistent farmer in Firo, Gubi Dam village, barely providing enough for his large family until LI met him and his life took a new turn. Prior to LI’s intervention he only work for other and gets paid for his services he rendered, now he own his own fish farm and as a result his children are now attending school. He is also the youth leader in Firo community.
The Fish farm business started with 1000 juveniles in the first harvest and during the course of the farming season, several challenges where experienced and as a result, new ideas on how to resolve these problems emerged. Shehu owns the biggest fish farm in the community with the capacity of harvesting between 6,000 – 8,000 fishes per harvest plus an indoor hatchery where he can hatch up to 30,000 – 50,000 fingerlings at a time. Shehu currently has three (3) employee all from his community working on the fish farm. Currently, the farm is stock with 800 Fishes that are almost at table weight and over 30, 000 fishes that are almost at juvenile stage that are to be sold as seeds to other fish farmer.