Ardrey Kell High School
International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Class Of 1802
My name is Marc Zavarro and I am a member of the Class of 2022. I am a Freshmen at Western High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I push myself to put my skills and dedication in multiple school clubs and charities. Throughout my middle school careers and my upcoming High School Career, I have been and will be a leader in a Charity known as Children Helping Other Children. Along with being in multiple charities, I am a nationally represented Debater ranking number 6 in the nation for my category. I have excelled in some of the highest classes offered. In my first year of high school, I am taking AP classes. In 7th grade, I obtained 1110 on my SAT. I would like to follow a career in Political Science in my college future.
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Class Of 1218
My name is Christopher Karle. I live in Ridgefield, Connecticut and will be graduating from Immaculate High School in 2022. I am passionate about health, wellness, and sustainability, so I founded Head2Toe where we donate hand-knitted baby hats to hospitals and community centers to support the health of infants; made adult hats from recycled cloth to improve the wellness of the homeless through the Midnight Run Organization; and recycle gently used shoes to Soles4Souls to outfit people in poverty-stricken areas both domestically and internationally. I received the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education Student Leadership Award for my diplomacy, ability to work with others, willingness to take on challenges, and ability to honor commitments (2018). I am an active member of Lions Heart, a community service based group, where I have earned both the Bronze and Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award for 50 and 100+ hours of service respectively (2017, 2018). I have also been a Peer Mediator for 3 years. Athletically, I am a member of the GMS Rowing Club. Learning to row has taught me perseverance, hard work, and teamwork. I strive to use my knowledge and skills to work collaboratively with my team and our business partner. I am honored to work with the International Business Internship Program and to participate in the International Leadership and Business Summit in order to provide creative solutions to our Nigerian partners
Our Business Partner: Tailoring
Business Owner: Abdulhadi Ahmad
Business Location: Yelwan Makaranta, Bauchi state
Story of the Business
Leadership Initiatives and the International Business Internship Program have enabled Abdulhadi to support his family, achieve financial independence, and find overall success in his business. He is currently working with International Business Internship Program students to expand his advertising, learn new methods to accurately take measurements, create branded tags for his clothing, expand curriculum in his training school, and create new clothing designs that model western clothing trends.
About the Owner: Abdulhadi Ahmad
In 2006, Abdulhadi’s father passed away, leaving him to take care of his seven younger siblings and mother. However, Abdulhadi had no sustainable income and struggled to care for his family on his own. Despite this, Abdulhadi continued to work hard, and after completing the Leadership Initiatives’ Business Training Program, Abdulhadi learned how to tailor clothing and found an apprenticeship at a tailoring shop. Abdulhadi worked for three years, and Leadership Initiatives then provided him with the equipment necessary to open his own shop. In 2009, Abdulhadi opened his own tailoring shop in Bauchi, Nigeria.
Abdulhadi has grown his business and now has eight student apprentices learning how to tailor in his shop. Abdulhadi hopes these apprenticeships will provide young men and women in his community with the opportunity he had to find sustainable income and open his own business. Community leaders from Abdulhadi’s village have said his apprenticeships have greatly reduced youth unemployment and drug abuse. Abdulhadi continues to support his family and pay for the educational expenses of his siblings. So far, Abdulhadi’s tailoring business directly benefits 14 people in his wider community.