International Leadership and Business Summit Team:

Nzinga Catering

Our Life-Changing Project

Our Challenges

Our Business Partner: Catering Business

Business Owner:Shehu Gagare


Location: Birshi Village, Bauchi State Nigeria

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Our Team

Meredith Karle
Class of 2017

My name is Meredith Karle. I live in Ridgefield Connecticut and am a junior at Ridgefield High School.

I co-founded the organization Turning Pages because I am very passionate about education and wellness. Currently we have redistributed 20,000 books to local community centers, libraries, hospitals and schools to improve literacy and foster a love of learning; donated 6,500 pairs of shoes to Soles4Souls to outfit people in poverty stricken areas both domestically and internationally; and sponsored the education and wellbeing of three children: Yainkain in Sierra Leone, Kavi in Nepal and Yavi in India.

I received the Congressional Gold Medal Award in the summer of 2016 after completing 400 hours of community service, 200 hours of personal development, 200 hours of physical fitness and a 5 night 6 day exploration.

I am very involved in the theater department at my school. In addition to being an officer of the Company, a club dedicated to promoting and developing student’s artistic talents I have participated in three plays at the high school. I am also on the school’s A Mock Trial Team.

Maya Williams
Class of 2018

My name is Maya Williams, I am a senior at Roosevelt High School in Seattle. In my free time I like to ride horses and draw.

Riding is very important to me, and this fall will mark my thirteenth year of being an equestrian. I also did five years of volunteer work teaching kids how to ride. Over those five years I was able to help countless students. I also run track, I am the third generation of hurdlers in my family, so running track is in my blood. I enjoy traveling to Virginia to volunteer with underprivileged kids learning how to ride horses. Art is also important to me, and I plan to carry that with me as I strive to Study Architecture at the University of Washington.

I am honored to join the IBAP program, and thrilled to bring this opportunity to my school. I cannot wait to change the world.

Jinji Amen
Class of 2018

My name is Jinji Amen and I am now a Senior at Roosevelt High School. Since I was five years old I’ve always enjoyed cooking a variety of foods for my friends and family in my free time and recently expressing my emotions in different forms of symbolic art including: three-dimensional, abstract, painting, and mixed medial as well.

I am on my school’s competitive swim team and started playing water polo this past year. In addition, I am the school’s BSU (Black Student Union) President, an editor for the Creative Arts Quarterly, and a member of RiderCrew (with is the “welcoming committee” of the new Freshman class). I’ve been nominated for various programs such as being selected to take part in the NSLC (National Student Leadership Conference) of 2015 and the NSHSS (National Society of High School Scholars), but due to high costs, I was not able to participate. I am part of the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) and helped win our school an award for financial fitness knowledge as well as claim a gold star rating at the state competition in our Food Innovations category. I graduated the LEEP (Lakeside Educational Enrichment Program) with distinguished honor and got all of my service hours before Freshman year, I’ve been named World Language Student of the Month by my spanish teacher and hardest worker by my swim team mates.

Growing up, money has always been tight and at an early age I learned that giving back and helping others has always been most important to me. I’ve always wanted to do more and feel as though I am actually helping to make a difference for the better in someone’s life. I am so excited and extremely honored to have the opportunity to work closely with people I care about to do something that I am so passionate about.

Lauren Hensel
Class of 2018

My name is Lauren Hensel and I am a senior at Roosevelt High School in Seattle. In addition to my participation in IBAP, I am deeply involved in water polo and other school and community activities.

Water polo is very important to me, both as a player as a coach. I have been playing for my high school’s team since I was in eighth grade, have been on a junior olympic team, and I spent this past summer coaching a ten-and-under summer league team. In addition, I have also volunteered at a children’s literacy organization, given tours of the Seattle Art Museum to students and adults, participated in my school’s Uganda club, and enjoy attending sporting and theater events to support my school.

I am excited and honored to participate in IBAP and will try my very best to complete my tasks, work with my team, and further my college-bound skills to the best of my ability.

Reyna Villar
Class of 2017

My name is Reyna Villar and I excited to be transforming lives once again before I go off to college. I excel academically by maintaining high averages in my classes and participating in academically challenging clubs. Aside from that, I participate in extracurricular activities such as, mock trials, student council, basketball, and varsity soccer.

In addition to that I am apart of multiple community service programs in and out of school. This includes bridges outreach which supplies the homeless with food, water, clothes, showers, education, etc. Also, the Helping Hands Food Pantry which donates food to low-income families. Finally, I volunteer at a library tutoring program for elementary, middle, and high school students.

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