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My name is Marc Zavarro and I am a member of the Class of 2022. I am a Freshmen at Western High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I push myself to put my skills and dedication in multiple school clubs and charities. Throughout my middle school careers and my upcoming High School Career, I have been and will be a leader in a Charity known as Children Helping Other Children. Along with being in multiple charities, I am a nationally represented Debater ranking number 6 in the nation for my category. I have excelled in some of the highest classes offered. In my first year of high school, I am taking AP classes. In 7th grade, I obtained 1110 on my SAT. I would like to follow a career in Political Science in my college future.
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My name is Christopher Karle. I live in Ridgefield, Connecticut and will be graduating from Immaculate High School in 2022. I am passionate about health, wellness, and sustainability, so I founded Head2Toe where we donate hand-knitted baby hats to hospitals and community centers to support the health of infants; made adult hats from recycled cloth to improve the wellness of the homeless through the Midnight Run Organization; and recycle gently used shoes to Soles4Souls to outfit people in poverty-stricken areas both domestically and internationally. I received the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education Student Leadership Award for my diplomacy, ability to work with others, willingness to take on challenges, and ability to honor commitments (2018). I am an active member of Lions Heart, a community service based group, where I have earned both the Bronze and Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award for 50 and 100+ hours of service respectively (2017, 2018). I have also been a Peer Mediator for 3 years. Athletically, I am a member of the GMS Rowing Club. Learning to row has taught me perseverance, hard work, and teamwork. I strive to use my knowledge and skills to work collaboratively with my team and our business partner. I am honored to work with the International Business Internship Program and to participate in the International Leadership and Business Summit in order to provide creative solutions to our Nigerian partners
Our Business Partner: Tailoring
Business Owner: Abdulhadi Ahmad
Business Location: Yelwan Makaranta, Bauchi state
Story of the Business
In 2008, Leadership Initiatives helped Abdulhadi transform the lives of his family after he successfully participated and completed Leadership initiatives’ training program. As the eldest son of his late father, the responsibility of caring for his family of 8 had fallen upon him at the age of 24, he had no way of getting a sustainable income. However, because of Abdulhadi’s strong leadership skills and his passion of become self- reliant LI introduced him into the Business Creation Program. LI provided him with business management training and worked to help him develop his idea for a tailoring business. Once funding for his business had been acquired, Leadership Initiatives was able to provide a tailoring apprenticeship by hiring an experienced tailor to train him, as well as providing sewing machines and other necessary tools to start up his shop. Abdulhadi started his business fully in 2009 and he is now able to take care of his family’s needs, and that of his siblings. Students participating in LI’s International Business Alliance Program have helped him by designing logos, business cards and staff t-shirts for better advertising, an Instagram account for marketing, contract agreement letter for his training school and a book keeping system to help track his finances. In 2014, Abdulhadi participated in the Leadership Initiatives Business Expansion program expanding his business into new markets. As his knowledge and skills in the tailoring business have grown, so has his customer base, resulting in a higher income for himself employee and apprentice. He now has 8 students, 14 people directly benefiting from his business, and says he and his family will forever be grateful for this wonderful opportunity.
About the Owner: Abdulhadi Ahmad
Empowering youths in our community through tailoring by creating jobs, teaching new skills and creating cheap and efficient services for our customers.
Community elders are excited about the improvement seen in their youths, both teenagers and adults are being trained by Abdulhadi, many others got job opportunities in other tailoring shops after been trained by Abdulhadi, this has greatly reduced the rate of unemployment and drug abuse in Abdulhadi’s community. These achievements earned Abdulhadi recognition in the Yelwa community where many see him as a role model. Abdulhadi said his partnership with leadership initiatives has made him confident and successful in life making it possible to support his family.