Elizabeth Seton High School
International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Class of 2019
My name is Ashly Trejo Mejia, and I am a senior at Elizabeth Seton High School. I was born in Honduras, and came to the United States when I was four years old.
I have played lacrosse for two years and field hockey for one year. I am a member of National Honor Society. I am very involved in community work. One granzation, I am very involved in, is “Feast of Sharing”, where we feed the most needed a day before Thanksgiving. I am Pharmacy Technician Program at my high school, which has inspired me more to want to help others. I aspire to be a pediatrician or a general doctor, and be able to give help to people in my home country.
I am very excited to be apart of the IBIP because, I am able to do what I have always wanted to do, which is help others. I am very thankful for the trust and privilege which has been given to me, to help someone in need. I love working with people, and I love helping others in any way I can.I didnt know that at such a young age I can start realizing my dreams but most of all, the dreams of the people in need. Im very moved with this opportunity, and am ready to change lifes.
Class of 2019
My name is Ingry Moreno,and I am a senior at Elizabeth Seton High School. I transfer from Bladensburg High School the beginning of sophomore year. I was born in Washington, dc but my family is from El Salvador.
I have played varsity Field Hockey for the past three years. I am currently a member of National Honor Society. I am also an ambassador for my school. I have been taking a two year Pharmacy technician program. Which has really made me realize that I want to be in the medical/health field. I love volunteering in a organization called “SOME” that is a non- profit organization for homeless people in the dc area. I usually goes there to serve the homeless breakfast or lunch. I want to become a pediatrician in the future because I love working with kids and I really would love to work in the medical/health field.
I am very excited to be in the IBIP program because I fell in love with the program when Marshall Bailey introduce it. I love working with people and I have always wanted to change lives but never really knew how to start since I am only 17 years old. Marshall talked about how many people my age were changing people's lives and building a relationship with their business partners which all sound amazing and incredible. I want to help change lives as well. This opportunity is so unbelievable and I am extremely excited to be a part of it.
Class of 2019
My name is Dieyi Thiam. I am a senior at Elizabeth Seton High School. I participate in honors wind ensemble, playing the flute. In my free time, I enjoy modeling, dancing, acting, and hanging out with friends.
I am Vice President of Seton Diamonds, a modeling and women's empowerment club, I’ve been a member of this club for four years now. I am also co-leader of fundraising in our theater club, I’ve been a member for four years. I’ve volunteered at hospitals, schools for the disabled, and I also made care packages in hot meals for the homeless in DC. I am also a flutist in my schools wind ensemble.
I’m excited to join the international business program internship because I want to help businesses in Africa. Making a difference in Third World countries has always been a dream of mine, no matter how big it small. I’m excited to see how I can work in a business environment and get practice for the real world.
Class of 2019
My name is Jimena Cartagena, and I am 17 years old. I am a senior at Elizabeth Seton High School. I was born in Washington, D.C., but my parents were born in El Salvador.
I am on her school’s Diversity Council who advocates for other students’ needs and/or opinion. I am in the Pharmacy Technician Program at my high school and really enjoy medicine. I have been playing volleyball since the 7th grade and play on the varsity volleyball team and for Maryland Juniors. I am involved in the Gospel Choir. I really enjoy music and play the flute & piano in the Honors Wind Ensemble and outside of school. I also am involved in volunteering at local soup kitchens, such as So Others May Eat in Washington, D.C. and Shepherds Table, Inc. in Silver Spring, MD. I also volunteer at Washington Adventist Hospital in the Pharmacy and Habitat for Humanity. I have volunteered at several summer camps working and tutoring children in elementary school.
I am ambitious of all we can do here at IBIP. Ever since Marshall Bailey introduced it to us, I have been excited to be a part of this team and do something to change the world. I have always wanted to help people and being able to do this makes me so happy. IBIP has already given me chances that I never thought I would ever have before. This IBIP Program is amazing and helps people in Nigeria who otherwise wouldn’t know how to become as successful as the can.
Our Business Partner: Salon
Business Owner: Grace Adannu
Business Location: Wunti market, Bauchi State, Nigeria
Story of the Business
Grace is very excited and honored to partner with Leadership Initiatives and the International Business Internship Program. After over 10 years in the salon business, Grace hopes the amazing ideas from her International Business Internship Program (IBIP) teams will allow her to expand her business, yield a greater profit, employ more young women, and give back to her community for many more years to come.
About the Owner: Grace Adannu
After graduating from secondary school, Grace Adannu decided she wanted to make a difference in her community. Grace trained as a salon apprentice for three years to learn the basics of the trade. She traveled to Gombe, a neighboring state, to learn the logistics of running a small business as a salon worker. After she raised enough capital to support her own business, Grace opened up her own hair and beauty salon in Bauchi, Nigeria.
Thus far, Grace has trained 11 young women and hopes to train more. Her salon apprenticeships empower young women by creating opportunities to learn a valuable trade and achieving financial independence in their underdeveloped community. Grace is also a single mother of two children, whom she raised alone while also running her salon business. Her 26-year-old son studies Crime Management in the Bauchi Federal Polytechnic Institute and her 16-year-old daughter is finishing secondary school. Grace not only single-handedly funded her children’s education, but also provided an education for her younger sister, who is enrolled in the Federal Polytechnic Institute. Grace and her salon currently benefit over 34 people in her own and surrounding communities.