Winona Senior High School
International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Class of 2020
My name is Jill Serleth and I am a junior at Winona Senior High School. At school, I enjoy challenging myself as much as I can and love taking difficult classes that help me become a more educated individual. However, more than other classes, English and Literature are generally my overall favorite subjects. I especially enjoy speaking my mind through writing as much as I am able to.
Outside of school, I take part in numerous activities and hobbies. I participate in soccer, nordic skiing, and track during the school year to keep me busy during the times I am not in class. I also have fun rock climbing and generally just exploring the outdoors. During the school year, I play the clarinet for our high school band; performing with the pep band during football games, marching for our local parades, and even playing with our Symphonic band this past year. Generally speaking, I think I would consider myself a pretty well-rounded student.
I am beyond excited to be lucky enough to be working with the International Business Internship program. As media chair, I am hoping to step outside of my box and gain new experiences while collaborating with members of my own community as well as people across the country! Never have I taken part in such a global project that allows me to connect with and help people in such a way that this program allows me to, and I am thrilled to see where the organization will take us!
Pa Cha Vang
Class of 2020
My name is Pa Cha Vang, and I am a junior at Winona Senior High School. This year I am currently enrolled in Advanced Placement, and Honors academic courses, along with college classes at our local university. Although each subject has its perks, science expands the existential thoughts within my mind and interests me a lot!
I am a member of the Spanish National Honor Society, and have led fundraisers for the organization. Also, I am a LINK leader; throughout this program I have been able to be a friend for the younger students in school, and have shown them the benefits of working hard. Another club that I take part of is Knowledge Bowl. I have been an active member in our school's Symphonic band, playing the trumpet for 6 years in addition to being the section leader. I also am involved in our school’s orchestra and jazz band. For the past two years, I have volunteered to help out with the Special Olympics. Additionally, I am a leader for a group in our community called, “GRAB” (which stands for “Girls Reaching Above and Beyond”); this organization focuses on empowering young, beautiful, colored girls to do anything they set their minds to.
I am so privileged to be a part of the International Business Initiative Program. I enjoy fundraising very much and for the past couple of years, I have been lucky enough to be fundraising with the Student Council, Spanish National Honor Society, and a local non-profit called, “Project FINE” (this organization services new incoming immigrants). As the fundraising chair, I am beyond excited and honored to help fundraise for our deserving business partner, and hope to make an impact!
Class of 2020
My name is Skye Schultz and I am a Junior at Winona Senior High School. I am currently enrolled in mostly college classes at our local university, but I am still an active part of our high school with the two classes I am taking there. I am mostly interested in Social Studies classes, as I love learning from history in order to help create a better future. I am hoping to continue studying in the Humanities, and am very interested in social work.
Throughout high school I have had fun in both cross-country and soccer, but I have learned I am better suited for different things. I have kept busy with Music Listening Contest, String Quartet, Knowledge Bowl, Spanish Honors Society, and being elected to the schools Cite Team. I also enjoy working at the Winona Public Library and volunteering at the Dakota Homecoming for the last 4 years. I am especially proud of my work with the March for Our Lives movement where I was able to be a student organizer in our successful school walkout and trip to the Minnesota Capitol, as well as being a speaker at Winona’s Candle-light vigil and Winona March for Our Lives.
My time being an intern at the Advanced Law and Trial Summit for Leadership Initiatives this last summer was very influential in my life, and while I was there I knew right away that I wanted to start a team for the International Business Internship Program at my school. Being the Team Lead surrounded by such great team members and working for an amazing cause is something I am extremely grateful for. I can’t wait to watch myself and my team members grow in the next 2 years because of this opportunity.
Class of 2020
My name is Cooper Hancock and I am a Junior at Winona Senior High School. This year I am taking multiple AP classes this year, as well as an online college course. My favorite class this year would be Tech Nest, an IT internship program at our school. I enjoy learning about technology as well as how IT works in a school setting.
Outside of classes, I am a member of the Robotics team, with the job of programming each robot. I am Stage Manager of Drama Club, and also volunteered as stage manager for last year’s local USO Show. I have leadership experience as well, as I am a student representative on both our school’s Site Team and school district’s Curriculum Committee. I am also a member of 4-H, serving as Treasurer of the club, and President of the county Federation. For the past 4 years, I have been learning Spanish through school, and I recently have started teaching myself Norwegian.
I am very excited to be a part of the International Business Internship Program. I have spent a lot of hours looking at colleges and I believe that makes me more than qualified to be College Assistance Chair. This position will hopefully help me and the rest of the team get ready for college, and pick the right one.
Class of 2020
My name is Marissa Lindaman and this year I will be a Junior at the Winona Senior High School. I am currently taking college courses at the college, and am taking band and some AP classes at the high school. I love learning new things and expanding my knowledge in all subjects, however, my favorite subjects in school are math and chemistry!
In school, I play my alto saxophone in the jazz band and the symphonic band. I also am in honor bands and a jazz combo that I really enjoy! I am a LINK leader, and I encourage the incoming freshman to work hard in High School to achieve their goals. I am also a member of the Spanish Honor Society and Student Council. Additionally, I am a student leader, for my grade, who helps organize the Special Olympics every year. Outside of school I play Soccer, Nordic Ski, and run Track, but my favorite sport is soccer! I also work at the local pool in the summer, and I ref soccer matches. Lastly, I love to spend time with my dogs, friends, and family!
I am so honored to be part of the International Business Internship Program! I am eager to make an impact on lives around the globe, from thousands of miles away. I would like to inspire others by showing them that age doesn’t matter, and they too can leave an impact on people across the globe. I can’t wait to work with a team to problem solve, and change lives!
Class of 2020
My name is Erin Renk and I am a junior at Winona Senior High School. I am currently taking mostly PSEO classes at Winona State and AP courses. I am mostly interested in literature and history classes, as I believe they are the most useful tools to learn about the world.
I have been very involved with the tennis program the past four years, making varsity last year. Most of my spare time is spent working at the Winona Area Tennis Center after school and studying.
I am honored at the privilege of being in the International Business Initiatives Program. It is such an incredible opportunity to being volunteering and helping those in need while I am still in high school. I look forward to learning more and more about the program and gaining experience and skills in volunteering.
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.