Winona Senior High School
International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Class of 2019
My name is Jade Joswick, and I am from Winona, Minnesota. I am a senior at Winona Senior High School and I also take classes at Winona State University as part of a dual enrollment program. In addition to my classes at Winona State, I have been and will continue taking a variety of Honors and AP classes. When I am not working at my local library, I involve myself with a plethora of activities such as my school’s softball team, student council, NHS organization, site team, and LINK program. I have been on varsity for softball since my freshman year and we have gone to state all three years. On the executive board of student council, I serve as our secretary, and have been recently voted in as president of National Honor Society. LINK, a program in which students must be recommended by a teacher to be considered a member, consists of upperclassmen helping incoming freshman easily transition into high school. I am also the boys swim and dive manager, and serve as a representative on the Winona Area Public Schools Foundation, which is a non-profit organization created to fund programs that would otherwise not be funded by the school district. Always wanting to help my community strive, I have now taken my passion for making a difference to a global scale. Leadership Initiatives has given me the chance to be a part of a great group of students who have an equal amount of passion and drive when it comes to making a impact. After my week in Georgetown participating in Leadership Initiatives business program, I decided I wanted to continue my work. I absolutely loved helping out my business partner this summer, so being able to work with someone year long is a dream come true. I can’t wait to get started!
Class of 2019
My name is Lauren Whyte, I am from Winona MN, and I am a senior at Winona Senior High school. For the past two year have have been taking the majority of my classes at Winona State University through the PSEO (Post Secondary Education Option) program. I also strive to take honors and AP classes at Winona Senior High. I work at the local YMCA as a lifeguard and as a private lessons instructor. I also work as a swim coach for the local club team and I work as a camp counselor at Camp Olson YMCA in the summer. I participate in a variety of school activities including swimming, nordic skiing, and National Honor Society. I have been swimming competitively since I was six years old and in seventh grade I joined the high school team. I have been on varsity for the past five years, and I have also competed at the state meet. This year, I am one of the captains for the team. I have also been the captain for the nordic ski team for the past two years, and competed in the state meet this past year. I joined the nordic ski team in eighth grade and have been on the varsity team since ninth grade. Being a member of the National Honor society, has given me the chance to give back to the community, and now Leadership initiatives and the IBIP program has given me a chance to give back to the global community.
Class of 2019
I am Lance Halberg. I attend Winona Senior High School in southern Minnesota and am a senior for the 2018-19 school year. This fall I am also dually enrolled at Winona State University through the Post Secondary Education Option program. I do a host of extracurricular activities including National Honor Society, Link Crew (created in aiding freshman adjust to life at the high school), and soccer. I have joined the IBIP with the understanding that I have extremely fortunate with the chances I have been given to pursue what I love, and I find it an honor to be able to help people from around the world gain some of these opportunities to pursue what they are passionate about.
Class of 2021
My name is Anissa Lee and I am currently a sophomore at the Winona Senior High School. As far as activities at the high school go, I am involved in basketball during the winter and in the springtime I enjoy running track. In addition to track and basketball, I play the violin for the orchestra at our school. At the high school I enjoy taking classes at the advanced/honors level because I love a good challenge. Outside of school I am involved in youth group at a church here in Winona, which has helped me grow a lot as a person. I’m glad I was able to hear about this program and become involved because I love helping other people and solving problems. I am very excited to be a part of International Business Immersion Program and see how we can help impact people around the world.
Class of 2021
My name is Grace Buswell, I am currently a sophomore at Winona Senior High School and I am from southeast Minnesota. I am involved with my school’s spirit club, W-Club and also enjoy playing percussion in marching band. Athletics also fill my time as I am involved in dance and tennis. I also participate in my church’s youth group and have even gone on missionaries through this group. During the summer, I am a soccer coach for younger kids and also work for a local business that produces merchandise for other companies. I am excited to be in IBIP because I want to make a impact on other people's lives.
Class of 2019
My name is Katie Allard. I was born in Laramie, Wyoming and now live in Winona, Minnesota. I am a Senior at the Winona Senior High School. I enjoy learning and taking an abundance of AP and Honors courses. I am also on the board for our school’s National Honor Society and involved in our school’s Spanish Honor Society. Last year I was a recipient of the Alma Latina Award for excellence of service in the Latin American Community. Also through the school I am a LINK leader which is where I am paired with a group of freshman and help them acclimate to the high school. This past year I was also a team Manager for the Adaptive Floor Hockey team. When I am not at school, I am either spending my time at work or on the ice. I am a figure skater at the Winona Figure Skating Club and I am also an associate member of the Tri State Toe Picks. I have been skating for 11 years. Along with that this past year I was the team captain of our clubs Open Juvenile Synchronized Figure Skating Team (which is Figure Skating lingo for varsity team). This year I will continue working with the team as an assistant coach. When it comes to work, this past summer I was employed with the Winona County Historical Society as a tour guide.
The past four years I have traveled with Saint Marys Church of Winona to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota where I was truly struck with how fortunate I am to have grown up how and where I did. After that I tried to be a part of anything that gave back to the community. That is why I am so excited to be a part of this team and strive to make change on a global scale.
Class of 2019
My name is Zaid Elsabbagh. I was born in New York City. I will be a senior this year at Winona Senior High School. Along with high school, I am enrolled in four courses at a local university, Winona State University, through the Post Secondary Education option program that our school offers. I am also involved in many activities outside of the classroom. I am the secretary of our high school’s student council, a member of W-Club, and a three sport athlete competing in football, basketball, and track all at the varsity level. I joined IBIP with the intention of helping people around the globe make a better life for not only themselves and their families, but also their entire communities. I hope I am able to use the resources I have here to effectively improve the businesses of those who may not have the access to such resources.
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.