California Academy of Mathematics and Science
International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Sean T. Yamaguchi
Class of 2021
Hi! My name is Sean T. Yamaguchi and I am a 10th grade student at the California Academy of Mathematics and Science. I really enjoy going out and helping the community around me through clubs and other extracurricular activities. Besides doing community work, I have a really strong urge to get into engineering and physics. I absolutely love solving complex and difficult problems using creative and new ideas. One day, I dreams of doing something worthwhile and significant in the field of science and engineering.
Currently, I am an active member in TEDx, Key Club, MESA (Mathematics Science, Engineering Achievement), Torrance Youth Council, and a handful of robotics clubs among many other extracurricular activities. Over the years, I’ve joined many clubs and organizations to get more involved in my community and help those who need it more than me. I am also a part of the American-Honda Science Opportunity Program, a college-level chemistry class on the campus of Cal State University: Dominguez Hills. All of this has allowed me to gain quite a lot of experience and education in the realms of science and engineering.
I joined IBIP this year so that I can help make a change in a place where the people aren’t as privileged as many Americans like myself. This year, I hope that my team and I successfully create a solution to the issues that our Nigerian partner faces so that we may, ultimately, help change his life for the better.
Class of 2021
Hello, I am Zoe Storaasli. I am a tenth grader at the California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS) and am really excited to be working with my school's IBIP team. I play soccer on a competitive tier one team and also compete on a club sailing team. In fact, I am the new president and founder of the Sailing Club at CAMS. My other hobbies include reading and playing guitar. Aside from my extracurriculars, I also volunteer at my church every week.
At school, I am the treasurer of both my school's HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) club and Biology Olympiad Club. I am also the special events coordinator of my school's Future Medical Leaders club. Currently, my favorite school subject is Medical Biology. I aspire to be a pediatric trauma or pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon when I grow up. At home, I have a beautiful dog named Aza that I love.
IBIP is a great opportunity for me help other communities and also learn about different cultures. I'm really excited to participate in this once-of-a-lifetime chance. Using not only my problem solving skills but also just becoming a more experienced person in general is something that I really need in my life. Also the idea of connecting with a different culture is so exciting for me. I sometimes feel like I have only seen the small Southern California chapter of the book that the Earth is and this experience will let me read a new chapter.
Class of 2021
Greetings! My name is Akhil Atluri and I am currently a sophomore at the California Academy of Mathematics and Science. I am enthusiastic to be working with my team in order to help people from across the world, and I hope that I won’t disappoint!
At school I’m involved in cross country and track and field, including a variety of clubs. As of now, I’m active in Key Club and Red Cross, and hope to become more involved as the school year begins! Outside of school, I volunteer at the Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center every weekend. Additionally, I’m also part of the American-Honda Science Opportunity Program, consisting of college-level courses at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
I hope that by joining this program, I can learn more about different cultures outside the United States, and the certain problems people face around the world. I’m excited to work with other people to make an impact on different communities around the world. Additionally, I hope this opportunity can open a new world of ideas and connections, allowing me to learn more about other people, including myself, during the process.
Class of 2021
Hey, I’m James Kim. I’m a sophomore at CAMS. I’ve always had an interest in the medical field because I loved helping others around me. Going to CAMS has opened many opportunities for me, as well as igniting an interest in engineering. I plan to pursue a career where I can mix both passions.
I participate in the many aspects of my school community. I am part of the varsity volleyball team at CAMS. I am part of the Associative Student Body (ASB), where I help manage club activities. In the many clubs available, I am the Publicity Officer/Sergeant at Arms of our American Red Cross club, and Outreach in HOSA. I volunteer with Red Cross, as well as the IES out of school. Other clubs that I am in are Biology Olympiad and MESA. During the summer I was in the American-Honda Science Opportunity Program (AHSOP), where I took CHE-108 at CSUDH.
This program is a whole new experience for me. Through IBIP, I hope to give much to a community other than my own. I am excited to work with our Nigerian business partners and learn about their culture. Together with the team, I plan to solve problems that they deal with.
Our Business Partner: Kamalu Power Generator Repair
Business Owner: Kamaluddeen Muhammad Safiyo
Business Location: Federal Low-Cost Bauchi
Story of the Business
Learning how to repair little faulty mechanical and electrical things has always been a flair for Kamal.
After his secondary school education, Kamal decided to learn how to repair and maintain Power generators being that he had always loved to work with electrical and mechanical things. He learned the business from his father, He became very good at it in just a short while. He started his own workshop at home, while the business was growing and the space he was occupying was not enough. Kamal then got little space that’s is better than the previous one.
About the Owner: Kamaluddeen Muhammad Safiyo
Kamal is the eighth son of his parents. He has 17 siblings, most of which had to learn a skill after their secondary school education because of the lack of funds to finance their university education. Kamal began learning how to repair power generators about 7 years ago and because of his flair for mechanical devices he picked up the skill quickly. Over the years, the income he has made has helped him to help his mother with some of his siblings. The income from the business has been very helpful for not only him but also his family, his friends, his employees and their families. He has also been able to train many others on the same skill. Kamal is very grateful for the opportunities provided to him by the business.
So far the business is doing well, today he has about 13 employees all who are doing very well. The repair business is not only a source of income for him and his employees it is also like a place of refuge for many of the young men, keeping them from drifting off into other vices. Kamal’s business has kept many young boys off the streets and thus keeping them from being a nuisance in the community.
One issue that Kamal’s power generator repair business faces is advertising and a way for customers to get in contact with him in case of follow-up repairs or issues. By addressing the issue of advertising, Kamal’s business while experience an increase in business and economic opportunity. This major improvement in his business can allow for expansion, and, in effect, a more positive impact within his community.
Our solution to Kamal’s advertising issue is a sticker that he can place on finished repairs. The sticker would display contact information, such as his phone number and address. Because Kamal repairs more than 40 generators per week, he would quickly gain publicity within his community, thus making him more popular.
Given the fact that Kamal repairs around 40 generators per week, about 2000 stickers will be required per year. Additionally, the stickers will have a maximum use time of 5 years. The cost will be around $250 USD to print about 2000 3.5” by 3.5” stickers.