Pilibos Armenian School
International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Class of 2020
Arek Der-Sarkissian is a junior at Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School. An involved student, he currently participates in multiple academic organizations, such as Model UN, Academic Decathlon, JSA, and Mock Trial, and acts as a technological consultant for many of his peers. He is proficient in multiple programming languages, with over five years of experience in HTML and CSS (the standard library used to create websites), and three years in server administration and BASH/SH scripting. Arek currently manages two websites, a marketplace for virtual video game items with over 3,000 members, and a gaming analysis blog with an active user base. He is currently working to achieve LLC status for his websites.
In his free time, Arek contributes to various online bulletin boards and forums, plays piano, and develops new business ideas. He attended the 2016 Envision Leadership Initiatives Joint Business Program at UCLA and was inspired to continue working with IBIP. While he and his friends collaborate in developing a new non-profit organization, Students Help Students, Arek is proud to be a part of IBIP.
Class of 2020
Johnny Kamakian is currently a junior at the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) Manoogian Demirdjian School. He challenges himself by joining the most challenging classes including honors and AP courses. He also engages in extracurricular and athletic activities, such as Model United Nations, basketball, volleyball, and cross country. Johnny is also involved in his school and serves as a student council representative. In his free time, he enjoys volunteering for his school’s summer camp and packing donations for Armenia
Johnny is excited to participate in the IBIP program because he believes that the program will allow him to help people in much more effective way.
Class of 2020
John Yakhszyan is a rising junior at Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School. He excels in all subjects, with a 4.0 GPA, but his forte is in math and sciences. John is interested in business, and likes discussing stocks and shares with his father. He is also involved in local politics and community service. His most recent ventures include volunteering for State Assembly candidate Ardy Kassahkian, helping out a child daycare in his neighborhood, and interning at a law firm. With a few friends, John is also working on a future project that is currently in the works: a non-profit organization called Student Help Students.
Class of 2020
Aren Melkonian is currently a junior at Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School. He continuously challenges himself by participating in extracurricular activities, honors and advanced placement s. currently he is the Assistent Director of Technology of SoCal J.S.A. He has also helped established a non-profit organization named Chloe's Walk(chloeswalk.com) which has helped change the lives of over 300 children. The organization helps children all around the world by funding surgeries for cleft lip or cleft palate repair. In terms of future projects, Aren is also working on establishing a non-profit under the name Students Help Students and a volunteering program in an elderly home.
Aren has a goal in mind to help anyone who is in need. He is participating in the International Business Alliance Program because of his moral belief in change and he believes this is the program that can help him influence a change upon others.
Class of 2020
Nancy Bosnoian is a Syrian Armenian student who currently lives in Los Angeles. She has been given extraordinary opportunities and has honed her skills as a leader by being the founder and president of the American Red Club at her school, the officer of international services and service to arm forces in the Executive Board Of the Red Cross Glendale chapter, and a UNICEF volunteer. To put her leadership skills to use, Nancy was sent as a volunteer to Ecuador and the Amazon Rainforest last summer on behalf of an organization to help build schools, participate in water walks, and spend a day in the life of the indigenous people. Nancy's goal in life is to dedicate her time to helping as many individuals as possible, and she hopes her work will one day have influenced others.
For these reasons, she is very excited to take part in the IBIP program and cannot wait to show what she has to offer.
Class of 2020
Nayiri Artounians is currently a rising junior at Rose and Alex Pillbox Armenian School. She challenges herself in school by taking on rigorous AP courses, being a columnist in the school newspaper and by participating in academic clubs, such as Model UN and Academic Decathlon. This year, she will showcase her leadership by being captain of the Academic Decathlon team. Outside of school, Nayiri attends Lark Musical Society, where she serves as a student body member and has performed with the advanced ensemble groups. Keeping her goal of helping the community in mind, Nayiri volunteers at a summer camp and phone banks for local politicians. Additionally, she is an intern for USNC for LA UNWomen, where she takes part in street action and organizes events that raise awareness about women’s rights’ current issues. She is excited to be participating in the IBIP program, as she wants to utilize her skills to go beyond her hometown and reach out to others.
Our Business Partner: Auto Repair
Business Owner: Faisal Sa’ad
Business Location: Bauchi, Bauchi State Nigeria
Story of the Business
Working with Leadership Initiatives and the International Business Internship Program has vastly improved Faisal’s life and business. Faisal hopes the hard work of the students in the International Business Internship Program (IBIP) will allow him to learn how to repair new brands of cars as well as learn new methods of repairs, including repairing drive shafts, linkage stabilizers, and timing belts, in addition to expanding his business overall.
About the Owner: Faisal Sa’ad
As a young boy, Faisal Sa’ad always had a great interest in fixing up cars and trucks. His father, seeing promise in Faisal, took him to a car mechanic to be trained as an apprentice. After 11 years of hard work with the mechanic, he decided to open his own auto repair shop. In 2012, after saving 16,000 Naira (with help from his family), he finally opened his own business in Bauchi, Nigeria.
Faisal currently employs 14 members of his community and hopes to expand his business even more. Just after Faisal opened his business, his father passed away, leaving Faisal in charge of supporting his mother and 10 siblings on his own. His auto repair business has been vital in helping him care for his family. Faisal and his business currently benefit 25 people in his wider community.