International Leadership and Business Summit Team:
Boudica Orphan Care
Our Life-Changing Project
1. Little Emotional Connection
2. Too Many Concepts
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
My name is Jenna Smith and I am a rising senior. I am extremely excited to be working with Leadership Initiatives this summer as the International Business Alliance Program has been a crucial part of my life this past year. I am active in several clubs such as DECA, Pep Club, Drama, Show Choir and more. I play multiple instruments that include the violin, piano and trumpet. I participate in many leadership programs at school including FCCLA, BETA, the school wide leadership program and held a position as a class officer in student council.
Living in the deep South, my faith has always been a strong part of who I am so I serve in children’s ministry in the church after school, on weekends and during service. There I make lesson plans for Sunday service, lead worship for middle school students, and do other ministry work that focuses on the Kids Spot in our church. I also participate in a mentorship program at my school that allows me to work with children in primary school and receive teaching opportunities.
I truly have a heart for children so there could be no better fit for me than with orphan care. I have knowledge in leadership and a plentiful amount of experience working and teaching kids. I am a great team player and am hopeful that I can bring helpful assets to the table that will benefit my team and more importantly, the lives of the orphans in Nigeria.
Again, I am very anxious and grateful for the opportunity to work with this program.
Class of 2019
My name is Madeline Hiller and I am a rising junior at Woodstock Union High School in Woodstock, Vermont. I challenge myself academically by participating in the honors and AP courses offered at my school. I participate in many extracurricular activities at school, including Spanish Club, Interact, Culture Club, Student Council, and Intermediate Math Team.
Outside of school, I swim year-round on a club team and, in the summer, coach and swim for the local recreational swim team. Along with coaching, I also work as a wedding photographer’s assistant and, occasionally, help a wedding planning business.
For the past year, I have been working with the International Business Alliance Program with Leadership Initiatives. The program is a wonderful opportunity to touch lives across the world. Knowing I am making a change and positively affecting the lives of others has opened my mind about the future and I am very grateful for the opportunity.
Class of 2019
My name is Miliana Bocher, and I am a rising junior at Olentangy Liberty High School. I challenge myself by taking mainly honors and AP courses that are offered at my school. I grew up in a multicultural home, where I learned to speak both French and English, which enabled me to have an open mind on all different cultures, ethnicities, and languages. Outside of my competitive school work, I volunteer at both the local library and with a therapist, who helps refugees from all around the world to take the citizenship test.
My role as an older sister has taught me many valuable leadership skills, such as compromise and how to properly listen to others. I also gained leadership experience from working with my International Business Alliance Program team, where I help lead fundraising and problem-solving ventures for businesses abroad. I am very excited to be working with Leadership Initiatives and Tamar in order to improve her orphan care instruction, and hope that together, we can take your teaching to the next level and help change the orphans’ lives.
Class of 2019
My name is Rayven Danage and I am a junior at Eleanor Roosevelt high school in Greenbelt, Maryland. I am a national honors society member as well as part of the college bridge program at my school. I challenge myself and strive in multiple AP and honors courses.The extra curricular activities that I’m involved in at school are Future Business Leaders of America, College Summit, and Poms.
Outside of school during the school year I volunteered at my local library and during the summer I volunteer at the DC veterans hospital. I’m privileged to be apart of the leadership initiatives program and I hope to continue throughout the school year and in my adult life. I’m very interested in helping women across the world gain a higher education and break out the “norm” in their society and hope to be contributing in some way to that cause in the future.
Class of 2019
My name is Tina Lu, and I’m currently a rising junior at Olentangy Liberty High School. I love to challenge myself, taking rigorous courses offered at my school and putting forth all of my effort in every class. I have been playing violin for about 9 years, and I continue to play it to this day. I am in a string quartet that has participated in various competitions and classes with world-renowned musicians.
I volunteer at the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, which gives me insight on the effects of a devastating neurological disease as well as honing my skills with communication, the Center of Science and Industry, where I perform a myriad of science experiments for the guests of the science museum, expanding my knowledge of the scientific world, and the Ganzhorn Suites for Specialized Memory Care, where I socialize with residents living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
I am a member of my school’s Interact Service Club, Memory Makers, an organization where we go out to brighten the days of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, and Science Olympiad. I’m truly excited for what this project will do for people across the world.