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
After partnering with Leadership Initiatives’ International Business Internship Program, Shehu now runs the largest fish farm in his village. His success has allowed him to be a leader in his community, create new jobs, and feed the region. Shehu is now working with International Business Internship Program (IBIP) teams to learn how to treat chlorine in the water, treat newly hatched fish to reduce their mortality rate, increase dissolved oxygen levels in the tanks, improve the growth rate of the fish, and locally produce fish feeds for his farm.
About the Owner: Shehu Gagare
Shehu Gagare grew up near the Gubi Dam, where many members of his community fished to feed themselves and their family. When Shehu was 15 years old, he met a team of Chinese construction workers who were hired to repair the dam. They taught Shehu how to hatch and farm fish, sparking Shehu to get a job at a fish farm. There, he learned the skills and gained the experience necessary to run a successful fish farm, as well as saved enough money to purchase 1,000 fish hatchlings required to start his own business. In 2017, Shehu opened his own farm in Tun Village, Bauchi State, Nigeria.
Three other employees currently work at Shehu’s fish farm. Shehu not only creates jobs for his community but is also a major source of food for the Bauchi area. The farm has a capacity of between 6,000 – 8,000 fish per harvest, as well as an indoor hatchery with approximately 30,000 – 50,000 fingerlings. Shehu is also married with 7 children who attend school using the profits from the fish farm. Shehu and his business currently directly benefit 14 people in his wider community.