Clear Springs High School
International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Class of 2019
Eriane Austria is a senior at Clear Springs High School. She dedicates the hours in her day toward her family, friends, academics, and organizations at her school, holding officer positions in honor societies and committing time toward community service.
She has ran at the varsity level for cross country and is a lover of the arts and sciences. Eriane has competed in regional and state competitions and has displayed her work in several areas across Houston. As president of the National Art Honor Society, she strives to guide her peers in exploring new artistic opportunities and feeling confident in expressing themselves through the fine arts. Science is another of her major interests. Eriane has had shadowing experiences at Houston clinics and the UTMB Galveston hospitals and has competed in HOSA since freshman year. She strives to learn for life and help others as a future health professional.
A member of the Leadership Initiatives IBIP team since sophomore year, Eriane has grown with and built amazing relationships with the translator, Mr. Umar Muhammad, business partner, Ms. Tamar, and the orphans in Nigeria, as they meet nearly every week. She is continuously inspired to make a difference and excited to continue changing lives with passion.
Class of 2019
Alyssa Gonzalez is a senior at Clear Springs High School. She is currently treasurer of National Art Honor Society and a member of the Clear Springs National Honor Society chapter. Having participated for four years in the Clear Spring’s fine arts program, she remains dedicated to furthering student outreach in the local art community. Alyssa has received several recognitions for her artwork including selection to advance to State V.A.S.E and winning 4th place in the Congressional Art Competition.
Outside of art, Alyssa possesses a passion for science. Having worked as a medical assistant for the past summer and shadowing a local anesthesiologist; her love for medicine and healthcare continues to grow.
As a new member of the IBIP team, Alyssa is excited about the opportunity to build strong relationships with her team and business partners. Moreover, she looks forward to aiding her teammates in their pursuit of high education throughout their college application process.
Class of 2020
Kim Pham is currently a junior at Clear Springs High School. She has been a part of the fine arts program within Clear Springs for the past 3 years and enjoys to paint and draw competitively during the school year. She has received numerous awards for her artwork, including 3 Scholastic Keys, 4 V.A.S.E medals, and Best of Show for Youth Art Month 2018. In addition to creating art, Kim loves to take photos wherever she goes, travels to new places, and dedicate her spare time to community service whenever she can.
Kim is a member of a few honor societies at her school but is planning on joining more as her junior year progresses. Kim is very passionate about medicine and health care and she has been a UTMB Junior Volunteer for almost 2 years, spending a lot of her summer break helping others and doing what she loves in the hospital. She will be shadowing an ENT surgeon at UTMB during her junior year and hopes to gain beneficial experience that will help her on her journey to a Doctor of Medicine degree in the future. She was an officer for HOSA her sophomore year and is excited to start her junior year as Fundraising Chair for IBIP.
Thankful for the opportunity to help create a positive change for her world, Kim is excited to introduce new fundraising ideas for IBIP to utilize and successfully bring in funds for the organization to use. She is looking forward to connecting with inspiring people through this amazing organization and to work with her fellow classmates in developing solutions to existing problems in their area of work. Although it is her first year on the IBIP team, she hopes that her efforts throughout the school year will aide in creating a difference in the lives of orphan students in Nigeria.
Class of 2019
Ashley is currently a senior (grade 12) at Clear Springs High School. She has a passion for biomedical sciences and hopes to pursue molecular or cellular biology in post-secondary school. To prepare for her dream, she challenges herself by taking as many math and science classes as possible at school, participating in HOSA, and gaining experience by working in a biochemistry lab at the local university.
When she’s not at work or school, Ashley can be found painting at the local art studio, practicing yoga, or exploring a new museum downtown. Drawing and painting are some of her favorite things to do in her free time and a great way for her to relax.
Ashley looks forward to leading her IBIP team this year as the Team Lead! She hopes to use her previous two years of experience as Special Projects Chair to help her team develop impactful solutions. One of her goals is to establish a team at the high school to facilitate fundraising and share IBIP’s message with a wider audience.
Class of 2021
Emily Saweris is currently a sophomore at Clear Springs High School. She is a hard-working student who dedicates her time to her academics, family, friends and giving back to her community. She is involved in multiple clubs and extracurricular activities. Emily is very passionate about forensic science and hopes to pursue a career as a Forensic Pathologist.
Emily is on the varsity tennis team at Clear Springs High School and enjoys spending her days practicing to develop more intricate techniques. She also plays the piano outside of school and has competed and excelled to State in Gold Cup for the past 5 years. She is a superintendent scholar and a future scholar. Emily is an active, competing member in HOSA. She has competed in the American Mathematics Competition as well. She enjoys math and persists in pre-calculus as a sophomore. Emily also enjoys giving back to her community by volunteering at the Houston Food Bank, feeding the homeless in the streets of downtown Houston, and Catholic Charities. She also enjoys being able to serve in her church when given the opportunity. As a sophomore, she is ready to become a member of National Spanish Honor Society and NHS as her sophomore year progresses. Emily also hopes to shadow many doctors at Herman memorial and other surrounding hospitals including a Forensic Pathologist whom she had interviewed in the past.
As Emily’s first year as a part of this IBIP team, she is extremely excited to start a change in the world surrounding her. She is ready to accept her new role as the special projects chair. No matter the assignment, she is excited to start a positive trend in many communities and is very thankful for this opportunity to be able to work with such amazing people and solve real-world problems. Emily cannot wait to be a part of all the wonderful resources IBIP has to offer.
Class of 2019
Faith Nguyen is a senior at Clear Springs High School and enjoys reading and making jewelry in between schoolwork and working for various volunteer organizations. She has played the violin since she was six, previously playing with groups such as the Dolce Strings Tour Group and the Fort Bend Symphony, and is currently first violin in Clear Springs’ top orchestra.
Right now she is working on starting up an online shop for her jewelry line, as well as volunteering at UTMB Galveston and for other organizations such as NHS. Faith is part of the National Art and Science Honor Societies and is preparing to begin shadowing at a local clinic. She hopes that her diverse interests and talents in both the artistic and scientific fields will be an asset to IBIP.
Faith is thankful for this opportunity to help people in such a direct way and is looking forward to working with her amazing teammates to create innovative solutions. She is willing to put in the effort that will make her first year at IBIP into a success story and is eager to make a difference in communities across the globe.
Our Business Partner: Orphan Care Program
Business Owner: Orphan Care Program
Business Location: Bauchi, Bauchi State, Nigeria
Story of the Business
The Leadership Initiatives’ Orphan Care and Independence Program began after the success of the Business Creation and Expansion Program over the last decade. After so many local business owners in the Bauchi area benefited from Leadership Initiatives International Business Internship Program, they were inspired to give back to their communities by improving the welfare of the local orphaned youth. The program aims to provide community-based rehabilitation and development interventions targeting the orphans within the communities affected by poverty and the AIDS epidemic through economic recovery, capacity building, and psychosocial support for the marginalized orphaned children.
About the Orphans
Two years ago, Mallam Adamu, a father of seven, unexpectedly died from illness, leaving four of his younger children abandoned. However, Abdulhadi Ahmad, a Leadership Initiatives’ business partner who owns a tailoring business, took responsibility of the four orphans after the success of his shop allowed him to support more children. Leadership Initiatives then partnered again with Abdulhadi to create the Orphan Care and Independence Program to provide shelter, education, and apprenticeship opportunities to local orphaned youth. The four children, Hauwa, Habiba, Hassan, and Hussaini, were joined by two other orphans (Adulmuminu and Buhari) under the care of another LI business partner, Faisal Sa’ad. These six orphans currently attend school and receive support through the LI Orphan Care Program.
Provide all orphans enrolled in the Orphan Care and Independence Program with a loving foster home and good shelter.
Provide all orphans enrolled Orphan Care and Independence Program with a quality education .
Provide all children enrolled in the Orphan Care and Independence Program with technical skills that they will gain by working with partnering businesses in our apprentice Independence Program.
Improve the nutritional status of all children involved in the Orphan Care and Independence Program.
Improved health of children in the Orphan Care and Independence Program by teaching hygiene standards and best practices.
Create awareness to the community and the outside world for the need to protect, promote, preserve, and support the vulnerable children and the orphans, including their basic human rights.
Leadership Initiatives, in partnership with Children Helping Other Children (CHOC), is in the process of constructing a new education center for the Orphan Care and Independence Program. After initial foundational construction, a groundbreaking ceremony was held on December 13, 2018 to begin phase two of the Education Center. The building is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019. This Education Center will serve up to 45 orphans in the surrounding community.
Currently, students in the Leadership Initiatives’ International Business Internship Program are working to create educational modules in basic science and technology, exploring the environment, home and school life, living things (basic plants and animal biology), non-living things (soil, water, air), English, and basic hygiene.