International Leadership and Business Summit Team:
Our Life-Changing Project
1. Strategic use of Social Media
2. Logo Placement on Bags
3. Development of a Niche Market
Our Business Partner: AD Fashion Design Tailoring
Story of the business
Abdulhadi was able to establish the tailoring business and employ 5 main employees and 15 apprentices, including local orphans, secondary school students, and even undergraduate and graduate degree holders who wanted to have a career in the tailoring business. These achievements earned Abdulhadi confidence and recognition from the community as a role model. Abdulhadi has used the income he earns from the business to go back to college, and fund 6 of his siblings’ educations as well. He also supports his extended family. Abdulhadi has said that this intervention has brought him success in his life and has been an amazing experience.
About The Owner: Abdulhadi Ahmed
In 2008, Leadership Initiatives helped Abdulhadi to transform his family’s lives after his participation and completion of Leadership Initiatives’ training programs. As the eldest son of his late father, the responsibility of caring for his family had fallen upon him, and he had no way of providing a sustainable income; however, because of Abdulhadi’s strong leadership skills, LI brought him into the Business Creation Program. LI provided him with business management training and worked to help him develop his idea for a tailoring business. Once funding for his business had been acquired, Leadership Initiatives was able to provide a tailoring apprenticeship by hiring an experienced tailor to train him and his team. Abdulhadi started his business in 2009 and he eventually became able to take care of his family’s needs, and send some of his siblings to school. In 2014 Abdulhadi is participating in the Leadership Initiatives Business Expansion program and is expanding his business into new markets. As his knowledge and skills in the tailoring business have grown, so has his customer base, resulting in a higher income for his employees and himself. He now employs 6 people, and says that he and his family will always be grateful for the assistance they received in turning their lives around.
The elders in the community are excited by the changes in its youths’ lives and the role LI has played. Many youths and young adults have had difficulty finding employment and have at times inevitably become involved in criminal activities that posed threats to the community. With LI’s intervention, many have become employed and this empowerment has become a source of hope for their peers. The projects have given hope to many Yelwa children and young adults that they can learn skills in order to be self-reliant.
Class of 2018
My name is Elissa Diaz, and I am a rising senior. In school, I have taken many honors and an AP classe to challenge myself academically.
I also participate in extracurricular activities, such as International Thespian Society and my school’s theater program, Saxon Stage.
In past years I have participated in my school’s Relay for Life event, and I used to volunteer on weekends to help dogs be adopted through the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation.
I am very excited to have found Leadership Initiatives and to be given the chance to work with them this summer. With the opportunities and connections provided in the program, I hope to be able to work with my team to help a developing business succeed.
Class of 2019
Hello! My name is Kimia Mortezai and I am going to be a junior at Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard, California. Being the oldest of two sisters, I have had to learn a lot on my own, and one of the most confusing transitions I have gone through is high school. All of a sudden, I forgot the importance of education and having a proper attitude, and it is definitely my biggest regret in life. Despite starting off my high school career in a weak way, I have grown tremendously by taking all AP and honors classes, joining school clubs such as Knowledge Bowl and Science Olympiad, and learning how to study and work hard in order to achieve my long term goal of pursuing a career in the dental or medical field. My exposure to both fields came from my aunts and mother, and ever since I was a young girl I knew I wanted to help improve people’s lives and put a smile on their faces.
My hobbies include sketching, playing and listening to music, and playing sports. I love expressing myself and watching or hearing others express themselves through art and music. My favorite instruments to play are the piano, guitar, and drums. My love for sports began when I was about 5 years old when my mom put me in dance classes with hopes of turning me into a phenomenal dancer. However, to everyone’s surprise, I expressed a love for martial arts. I have a second degree black belt in taekwondo and am hoping to earn my third degree black belt some time in next few months. I am also competitive in the sport and have gone to many tournaments competing as an individual and with my team. Before I graduate high school, I hope to earn a state champion title. In addition to taekwondo, I absolutely love playing volleyball and watching gymnastics.
I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and am excited to be a part of a project that improves the lives of many in other parts of the world
Class of 2018
My name is Lukas Happe and I am currently a rising senior at Panther Creek high school. I was orginally born in Soligen, Germany, but have lived in Cary, North Carolina for the past ten years. I plan to pursue a career in buisness after attending a University; my ideal majors would be something surrounding management or economics. The reason for wanting to pursue such majors is that I currently hold my PMIEF which is the first step in order for me to get a PMP and from an econmics standpoint I very much so enjoy viewing patterns of money and how it works. Although, I am not in IBAP I truly find programs like these insiprational and helpful for my future.
Class of 2019
My name is Nneoma Okea and next school year I will be a junior. I am a hardworking person and I always try my best to excel at what I do. I enjoy learning and experiencing new things so that I can apply them in my life. In school, I challenge myself academically having taken Pre-AP classes and my first AP class this year. I am a part of HOSA: An Association of Health Science Students where I volunteer at events. I am the Vice President of the Interact Club, a member of the Young Historians Club, and the Spanish Club. Also, I have played the piano for six years, the saxophone for three years, and am currently attempting the harmonica and guitar. I am excited to work with Leadership Initiatives and have the chance to transform the lives of others.