Chadwick High School
International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Class of 2019
My name is Christine Zak, and I am a senior at Chadwick School. I have been attending Chadwick since kindergarten, and it is like a second home to me! I am the youngest of three girls, and I enjoy traveling and exploring LA with my sisters. I love to explore new situations, try new things, and meet new people. I welcome the unknown!
My favorite class is the independent study I set up which is an advanced acting course with a focus on directing theater and film. Acting is a big part of my life, and I plan on applying to theater programs for college. I also participate in many extracurriculars including improv, chorus, dance, the high school plays and musicals, and soccer. I enjoy spending time with kids, and I try to share my hobbies with the kids I work with. For example, I give private soccer lessons, and I volunteer to teach improv to elementary schoolers. Outside of school I enjoy watching movies, reading, and writing sketch comedy and screenplays.
This will be my fourth year working with LI and participating in IBIP. I spent almost three years as the Media Chair, and I am beyond excited that I will get to spend my last year as the Team Lead and College Assistance Chair. I have always enjoyed volunteering and helping those in need, but IBIP has given me the opportunity to see the difference I have been making in other’s lives. IBIP has connected me to amazing people in both DC and Nigeria, and I will be forever grateful for the experiences I have had while working with Grace and Tamar. I am excited to further help those around the world as well as better the community I live in.
Class of 2020
My name is James Franklin, and I am currently a junior at Chadwick School. I have attended Chadwick since the ninth grade, and I absolutely love it here! I have a younger sister and a puppy; my favorite food is sushi, and I love to ski two or three times a year with my family and friends.
I participate in many extracurriculars including cross country, track & field, Peer Mentors, Jubilee Singers, and theater. Reading books, riding my bike, and folding paper airplanes are just some of the activities that I love to do during my free time.
In the past, I have enjoyed helping the world around me through various community service projects and organizations like WE Charity (formerly known as Free the Children) and The Midnight Mission. I seek to connect with more people from around the world. I am excited to bond with my teammates on a deeper level; I am glad to be a part of IBIP and to have this unique opportunity to help improve the current world we live in.
Class of 2020
My name is Mary Buchanan, and I am a junior at Chadwick School. I have been at Chadwick since kindergarten, and I couldn’t have asked for a better second family. In my immediate family, I am the youngest of three children, and my two older brothers are my best friends. My brothers and I like to hike, ski, and kite-surf together. I love being outdoors, and I love to push myself to the limits!
At Chadwick, I participate in many extracurriculars such as Improv, Chorus, Jubilee Singers, and Model United Nations. Drawing, exploring, and aiding in equine therapy are a few things that I enjoy doing in my free time. For as long as I can remember, I have always loved art and science, and I’ve always wanted to pursue a career that combines the two.
I have been working with LI and participating in IBIP since my freshman year at Chadwick, and I can honestly say that it has been one of the best choices I’ve made in high school. IBIP has given me the opportunity to connect with others globally, as well as taught me the varying processes of business. It’s incredible to witness the changes of our business partner, and how our team is able to make a positive impact on her life. This year, I am working as the Special Projects chair for the first time! I am looking forward to working more closely with Grace and Tamar and can’t wait to build stronger relationships with them both.
Class of 2021
My name is Alanna Zhang, and I am currently a sophomore at Chadwick School. It is my second year at Chadwick, and I have been having a great time. I love traveling, spending time with my friends and family, and trying out new things, whether it be activities, sports, food, or events!
Some of my extracurriculars include Jubilee Singers, Peer Mentors, Volunteer Income Tax Association (VITA), Habitat for Humanity, and Dance Company! Outside of school I am a member of the Las Hermanas service club, and I also get to be a Junior Counselor at a kids summer camp.
This year I am super excited to work with IBIP and the team to help Grace’s salon. I love that we have the opportunity to create relationships with others while helping communities thousands of miles away. I know I have a lot to learn, but I’m happy to do it with a hardworking, supportive, and amazing team by my side.
Class of 2021
I am Dylan Albarian and I am currently a sophomore at Chadwick School. This is my second year attending Chadwick and I am really enjoying school so far. Outside of school, I love to spend time with my family and hang out with my friends. I also really enjoy reading and going to the beach.
Both inside and outside of school I participate in many extracurriculars that I really care about. Some of them include: Peer Mentors, Dance Company, Jubilee Singers, theater, and I also take Piano, Guitar, and Vocal lessons. I am also a Girl Scout and a member of National Charity League.
I am so excited to be a part of this IBIP team! This is my first full year and I am looking forward to learning a lot and being able to help make a difference. I am looking forward to a great year!
Our Business Partner: Salon
Business Owner: Grace Adannu
Business Location: Wunti Market, Bauchi State Nigeria
Story of the Business
After her secondary school education, Grace took a great interest in the salon business. She took a job as an apprentice for three years then took another job in Gombe, a neighboring state, for another three years in a salon where she learned the logistics behind running a business. Over the years, she managed to save enough money to raise capital for her own business. To date, she has trained over 11 young ladies and is currently training more. She is very excited to be a part of the LI IBIP Program, as she knows she will learn more and that her business will benefit from the great ideas of the IBIP team and students.
About the Owner: Grace Adannu
Grace Adannu is a single mother of two children. Her 26 year-old son Adanu is currently studying Crime Management in the Bauchi Federal Polytechnic, and her 16 year-old daughter is writing her final exams in secondary school. She has been able to singlehandedly finance the education of her children as well as that of her younger sister who is enrolled in the Federal Polytechnic through the income that Adanu makes from the salon. She hopes that with the great ideas from the IBIP teams her business will yield a greater profit.
Grace Adannu has always loved to give back to her community by training young beauty technicians as well as in the management of her business. She has done this for over 10 years and still looks forward to helping many more. Some of the young ladies she has trained now own their own salons and are very thankful for the help she has given. Adannu currently employs two women who in turn care for 20 members of their extended family, including their own children.