Bishop Moore Catholic School
International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Class of 2021
My name is Grace Newsome, and I am a sophomore at Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando, Florida. I am currently the captain of the JV cheerleading team and competition team. My involvement with this program has allowed me to become the leader I know I can be and I know through IBIP I will be able to have the same opportunities.
As a sophomore in high school I have learned so much already. I have accomplished things and I cannot wait to continue to fulfill my goals and dreams in my high school years to better my community and the people in it. As a freshman I was involved with primarily my education and cheerleading. I took all honors and being the captain of the freshman team, my time was taken up so I could focus on my grades and the things I was passionate about. In my second year, I am still carrying out the idea of getting better at the things I enjoy to do, continuing to challenging myself. I was chosen by my teachers last year to participate in the Leadership Team for my school, which I was ecstatic about. I chose to take AP World History this year, so that I will be able to learn to push myself academically. I also decided to take psychology so I can prepare myself for the AP class I will take my junior year of high school.
A big part of my life is putting others before me and helping them live the best life. Being a part of IBIP, I will have the opportunity to help the orphans living in Nigeria to have a future that any individual should have. I chose the role as the Special Projects Chair so I will be working hand-and-hand with our business partner to create the solution which will create a more efficient environment. I am beyond ecstatic to have this opportunity to work with such amazing group of people on my team and I know it will change my life for the better and give me the opportunities to change the world through one solution at a time
Class of 2021
My name is Emily Schwartz, and I am currently a sophomore at Bishop Moore Catholic High School. I am a new student this year at Bishop Moore and attended Lake Mary High School for my freshmen year. I attended Lake Mary high school last year due to my tough gymnastics schedule, but because of a major back injury I am no longer able to do gymnastics and I am now able to go to Bishop Moore.
Throughout high school I would like to achieve a multitude of things. Some things I wish to achieve are joining lots of clubs, participating in sports, making new friends and getting good grades. Currently, I am playing fall ball lacrosse for Bishop Moore and plan on playing again during the spring. I am also involved with Las Avispas, a fun and exciting Spanish club. During my free time I enjoy hanging out with friends, exercising or listening to music.
I am immensely happy that I was offered a spot on the IBIP team because I am extremely passionate about helping others. Being apart of this team will allow me to help orphans in Nigeria and give them opportunities to experience the things I am able to enjoy in my everyday life. I choose to be the media chair because I love working with technology and being able to promote and share goodness. I am so grateful for the opportunities the IBIP team will give me and I am so thankful for being allowed to experience them with such a great group of people. I know that the IBIP team will change so many people’s lives including my own.
Class of 2021
My name Jessica McMillan, and I am a sophomore at Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando, Florida. In my freshman year, as well as this year, I was in multiple clubs where I was able to give community service, learn leadership skills, and donate to less fortunate people in my community.
Along with these clubs I also take honors and AP courses. Last year, my freshman year, I had straight A’s both semesters. Besides school work and clubs, I also enjoy competitive dancing, which I have been doing since I was four. Every week I go to dance for 10 and a half hours, which keeps my schedule incredibly busy. This is just the beginning of my life, and who I am.
My family is also an immense part of my life. I have six siblings, three sisters and three brothers. My two younger siblings Ella, who is five, and Luke, who is two, have made me realize how much I love taking care of kids and how important it is that children have a loving family/loving caretakers. That is why I am so excited to be a part of the IBIP program so I can help the orphanage in Nigeria. I want them to be able to give the orphans a loving environment and also be able to take care of their needs and the needs of their business. I am overjoyed to help change the world in this way and help change the lives of those in Nigeria.
Class of 2021
My name is Francesca Murphy, and I am currently a sophomore at Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando, Florida. I am participating on the varsity swimming team and I’m in several clubs, one example is Best Buddies.
Other than best buddies, I am involved in Leadership, the Guardians, and Las Avispas, which are all different clubs at my school. This year I’m challenging myself by taking my first honors course. It will not be easy, but I know I will persevere with hard work. Before freshman year, I was lucky enough to go on a mission trip to help people in need. There, I was able to help a family open up a thrift store, by painting and tidying up the place before their opening. It touched me in a way I never knew that I could be touched. I have so many things that I take for granted in my life, and they are content with everything they have. It made me realize that you can accomplish absolutely anything with just a bit of help and encouragement.
This program will help me strive to help those in need. Being given this opportunity really means a lot to me and I surely hope I can make a difference. I chose to be the Fundraising chair because I think it will be a good way to learn and create new project ideas with my team
Class of 2021
My name is Isabella Scoma, and I am a sophomore at Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando, Florida. I am currently the president of a club called, Little Buddies. It will allow high school students, like myself, to interact with children who have disabilities.
As I progress through my high school years, I have multiple aspirations and things I wish to accomplish. My freshman year was filled to the brim with multiple clubs, sports and of course, my studies. I am currently enrolled in Environmental Science Honors, a class typically only offered to juniors and seniors. Other than challenging myself with my course selection, I have been working with my music. Everyday, I love to indulge myself in music. The guitar, piano, ukulele, drums and my voice are my favorite instruments. Writing songs, poetry, and novellas are few of the things you would find me doing in my free time.
I am incredibly passionate about helping those in need. Being a part of this IBIP team means so much to me. I will be creating brighter futures for the orphans in Nigeria. This brings forth the reason I chose to be the Nigerian Partnership Chair, along with the Leadership Chair. I am so grateful that I have been given the opportunity to give others a better life. I am beyond excited to be working with such amazing people. I know that this program has already changed my life, I am so thankful I have received the honor to change lives as well.
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.
1. Provide all orphans enrolled in the Orphan Care and Independence Program with a loving foster home and good shelter.
2. Provide all orphans enrolled Orphan Care and Independence Program with a quality education .
3. Provide all children enrolled in the Orphan Care and Independence Program with technical skills that they will gain by working with 1. partnering businesses in our apprentice Independence Program.
4. Improve the nutritional status of all children involved in the Orphan Care and Independence Program.
5. Improve health of children in the Orphan Care and Independence Program by teaching hygiene standards and best practices.
6. 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.