North Mecklenburg High School
International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Class of 2021
Hello! I am Nicole Sivells. I am in 10th grade at North Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, NC. This year my curriculum consists of honors and elective classes.
My interests lie in performing, and public speaking. Last year, I found a mix of both in the Speech and Debate team at North Meck. Participating in Speech and Debate has helped me settle into High School and find something I enjoy and Do well in. So far in my first year I have ranked top 5 at the district and state tournaments and qualified for a prestigious national event.
I haven’t been involved in a global scale program so I am definitely excited to try something new. This is also an opportunity for me to enroll in another extracurricular. Not only will I learn and benefit from this program, but I would enjoy myself while participating. As a whole, my group and I are thrilled that we could be helping a business, but more importantly, helping the business owner.
Class of 2021
Hi! My name is Samantha Briggs and I'm in 10th grade at North Mecklenburg High School. This school year I'm participating in the International Baccalaureate Program and I'm also taking one Advanced Placement class!
This year I am on my school's volleyball team and have been playing volleyball for about 4 years. I've loved taking part in volleyball because it helped me to connect with other people and make new friends before the school year started. I also play the viola in my school orchestra. This will be the 5th year that I have been playing the viola. I truly believe that music has helped me grow as a person, helped me overcome challenges and to see the world in a different perspective!
I am so excited to be participating in the Leadership Initiatives Program because I've always loved helping those in my community but I've always wanted to help those in different countries. I believe that this will be an amazing experience and I am delighted that my team and I will be able to make a difference worldwide!
Class of 2021
Hello! My name is Serena Raj and I am currently a Sophomore at North Mecklenburg High. This year I am in the International Baccalaureate Program and I am also in Advanced Placement and IB courses.
I am a traditional Indian dancer, I play the violin in my schools orchestra, and I also participate in many clubs around campus. This includes Speech and Debate, specifically Public Forum Debate, which I started my freshman year, and Science Olympiad which I have done since middle school. I enjoy working as a team, taking on challenging activities, and being able to explore my academic interests. I also love being creative through drawing and painting and I love exploring the different forms of art expression.
I am very excited to be apart of the IBIP program because I’ve always wanted to use my skills and privileges to help those in need, and that is something that we can finally accomplish through this. I've always felt that in order to make changes on a global scale that you needed to be older and well experienced but I understand now that truly anyone can make a difference and I am looking to work with this close group of girls and being able to witness the change we can make!
Class of 2021
My name is Kyndal McCord and I am currently fifteen years old. I am an International Baccalaureate student at North Mecklenburg High School and am a graduate of the year 2021! I am from Vallejo, California and I have two older sisters.
I play soccer for North Meck and took part in a team outside of school. I am also in a club called YBLA which stands for Young Black Leadership Alliance where we participate in several interactive activities within our community. I also volunteer as an assistant girl scouts leader and I help with the "kids corner" at my church.
I'm excited to be apart of the IBIP program because it is a great opportunity and I am so grateful to be a part of. I'm so honored to be able to help another person so far from where I am and help improve their business and help them in any way I can. The IBIP program is such a great way to learn about global businesses. I'm also excited to be working with an amazing team because they're all such hardworking girls and I feel we are going to accomplish a lot together!
Class of 2021
My name is Haley Bowland, I am a rising sophomore at North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville, North Carolina. I am the currently enrolled in the IB program at my school and I serve as the Team Lead for my IBIP program and historian for my school’s HOSA organization.
As well as my participation in IBIP and HOSA, I play a role in the local barn I work at. I started riding over three years ago and since then I have been working shifts throughout the week, learning and growing as an equestrian. During my shifts there, I get horses in and tacked up, help instructors with lessons, mentor younger children, and more. In September, I became the one of the first four young riders to be apart of the “Junior Trainer Program”. Riding and working has taught me many valuable lessons and I have grown in many ways. I just recently became a Team Member at my local Chick-fil-a. I work Front Line and I have learned many long term skills such as communication and teamwork skills.
I am excited for this International Business Internship Program because I’m excited for the growth that is to come from these experience. Growth in my communication skills, leadership skills, teamwork skills. I’m also excited to grow with this group and get to work alongside everyone. I can’t wait to look back throughout these next two years and see how we have impacted this business and how this business has impacted us.
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.