International Leadership and Business Summit Team:
Mandela Orphan Care
Our Life-Changing Project
1. Education Needs
2. Lack of engaged educators in their native langauge
3. Interactive Supplements
Our Business Partner: The LI Orphan Care and Independence Program
Story of the Program
The Orphan Care and Independence Program was originally developed in response to request from LI Business Owners. Once they had gotten their own business off the ground, they wanted to give back to the community by taking in orphans. In order to ensure that all of the orphans taken in were both treated well and working towards the mastery of some skill, LI began the Orphan Independence and Skills Program to establish a set of best practices for its participants. The LI. staff also establishes a skills curriculum for each participant that they must progress through during the course of their apprenticeships. Further, the staff set apprentice wages that allow for the orphans to earn an income while learning a skill.
The Orphan Care and Independence Program is designed to provide orphans with the necessary training to become full participants in their communities. After receiving initial training from Leadership Initiatives, there is ongoing oversight of all participating businesses to ensure that the orphans are well cared for and that the Leadership Initiatives staff provide tracking,periodic wellness visits, and assist orphans in integration into their communities:
Class of 2018
Hello! My name is Anna Captain, and I am thrilled to be a part of Leadership initiatives. Having an opportunity of this magnitude to help people as much as possible means a lot to me. Serving others has always been my passion. This year I spent the summer interning at Thrive Causemetics, a company that donates products to women in need and helps cancer patients through their sickness. This experience allowed me to build both business and philanthropic skills that I cannot wait to put to use with Leadership Initiatives.
I have been involved in both Philosophy club and Model U.N and have discovered a deep connection to social activism. I hope to go into government and or journalism to continue learning about and improving the amazing world we live in.
Class of 2017
My name is Gabryelle Matz-Carter, and I am beyond excited to be in preparation for my final year of high school. These past few years, I have had the honor and privilege to serve my class as Freshman Class Representative, Sophomore Class President, Junior Class President, and now as President of our Senior Class to end our journey at Lake Washington.
In addition, I also have had the opportunity to found the Black Student Union at my school, in order to transform and reshape the unconscious racial biases that those in my community have about young African Americans, and to tear down the stereotypes that we put on ourselves. Alongside this, I am also a member of our school’s National Honor Society, Beta Club, and Key Club. Being involved in these community service based extracurricular activities allow me to take the focus off of me, and put it towards our student body and surrounding communities. Beyond this, I am highly involved in my local church, where I minister in the Women and Girl’s Ministry. Lastly, I am one of 12 Chase the Race Reporters that travel across the country to report key events in the presidential race, and will be one of the 12 reporters attending the Presidential Inauguration in 2017.
Through all of my involvement these past years under the duration of my high school career, I still want to continue to challenge myself beyond the borders that I have physically placed before myself. Having this opportunity to help further foster and develop our Photo Studio and Restaurant Business that could not only help them, but those in their surrounding villages and communities, is astounding! I am extremely blessed to be stepping into this humbling journey.
Class of 2020
My name is Sanjana P and I am a rising sophomore at Cox Mill High School and I challenge myself by taking advanced courses and by personally challenging myself to do better in class. I participate in many extracurriculars such as HOSA, Art Club, and Soccer. I help out in the community by doing lots of community service through the Humanitarian Club and the Key Club. I have also completed my IB service project last year which focused on the prejudice and stereotypes against Mental Disorders. I am looking forward to be working with the Global Young Innovators Initiative and am very grateful for this opportunity to be able to give back and help.
Class of 2018
My name is Sebastian Villalobos, and I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of this amazing 2-year program that will allow me to change lives. I am rising Junior year at Lake Washington High school, and I am highly involved in Student Government, the Safety School Ambassador Program, as well as the local Crossfire Soccer Team. As a native to the country of Colombia, I am fluent in Spanish, a skill I have used to volunteer in The Gardens of Juanita Bay, where I teach the senior residents there the foundation of Spanish.
In addition to this, before moving to America, I lived in Dubai where I experienced a variety of different cultures that transformed the way that I approach life, gaining new perspectives that I hope to transmit into this program. I am hoping to use all of my accumulated experience over the course of my life to help our business partners grow their company, so it can also positively impact their surrounding villages and growing communities. I am so blessed and excited to be a part of this life-changing program!
Class of 2018
My name is Jasmine Zelaya, I am a rising Senior at KIPP: Generations Collegiate in Houston, Texas. Two words to describe me would be leadership and responsible. Through leadership and responsibilities, I have been exposed to many skills and have used them to my best ability. In school, I challenge myself not only academically but I also choose to strive in different activities outside of school to get different experiences.
I am dedicated and hardworking in everything I do. I enjoy engaging in helping others who are in need. This is my first time being in LI and I have enjoyed my experience so far I look forward to engaging in different activities.
Class of 2017
My name is Elena Volosin and I will be a freshman at Bard College this fall. I am leaving high school two years early, and excited to dive into the subjects I am passionate about. I would like to study political science, French and economics. My dream career would be to would as a foreign service officer or a political analyst. Outside of school, I do IBAP, Model United Nations and swim.
I love expressing myself in creative ways and am an avid photographer. As a legal citizen of three countries, I have been incredibly lucky to live and work abroad. This has given me a heightened appreciation of politics and the work being done to solve global issues. Leadership Initiatives has furthered my interest in international business and leadership. Participating in IBAP for the past year has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I am grateful for the opportunities that Leadership Initiatives has provided and to be attending this conference.
I am hoping that this program will help me develop leadership skills and make a difference in the world.