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Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, International, International Development, Leadership Development

Mission: Leadership Initiatives improves communities worldwide by empowering their university students to design creative, effective and sustainable development projects. Through our service initiatives, we prepare these students to utilize local resources, engage the community, and implement sustainable solutions to the problems of underdevelopment.

Results: Since 2008, Leadership Initiatives has developed 41 different businesses which employ 8 people on average. Other accomplishments of Leadership Initiatives include an expansion into Kogi State, Nigeria due to a $100,000 grant from the A3 Foundation. The Orphan Care Program, Fish Farming Centers, Autorepair shops, Skills Acquisition Initiatives, Computer Literacy programs have changed thousands of lives. These projects have allowed daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews to receive an education because a family member is now employed by a business created through Leadership Initiatives.

Geographic areas served: Developing Communities around the world with a current focus on Nigeria.

Programs: Leadership Initiatives has advanced through the many Microprojects, which serve to better the Nigerian community. These programs include developing businesses and creating jobs in Nigeria, consequently allowing families to have the means to send their children to school. Leadership Initiatives not only has volunteers on the ground in Nigeria, but also receives support from American high school students. The International Business Alliance Program selects a certain amount of students per year to participate in this program, which allows high school students to partake in the development of the many businesses in Nigeria. In exchange these students receive assistance in their college and scholarship application process as well as SAT and ACT tutoring. The programs led by Leadership Initiatives serve to provide a steady income for Nigerian families as well as to promote leadership and critical thinking skills among the youth in the United States.

Community Stories

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Leadership Initiatives has been the most life changing experience to ever occur to me. I first began as an International Business Internship Program participant. Through the IBIP program I was able to help Ms. Obalohun a restaurant owner in Bauchi State, Nigeria. To see an actual change and a positive impact occur where it is needed most, it is just so satisfying and helps us grow as people. I would have never imagined that I would go from a participant in the IBIP program to an intern. Through my internship I am now able to help others succeed and change lives. LI has help me grow as an individual, develop many of my professional skills, work toward improving my English and creating relationship with professionals in my field that could help me grow in my desired future career. Being from Puerto Rico, you would think that it is almost impossible to be part of an organization as incredible as Leadership Initiatives, yet Marshall and all of the LI staff, not only gave me an opportunity but have also help me become the person I am today.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Attending the Leadership Initiatives Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit was a truly transformative experience. I had always hoped to go into the medical field, driven by my desire to help others, but Leadership Initiatives turned my future dream into a reality. I learned how to diagnose the four most prevalent diseases in Bauchi State, Nigeria (including epidemics like Malaria and Typhoid Fever) and then I used my new knowledge to actually save the life of a patient there! I will always remember the day that I put on the virtual reality goggles and entered the world of my struggling patient, because I knew Leadership Initiatives would be able to provide her with treatment and with hope for a healthier future. I realized that my work was improving the life of this young child forever. After conducting the patient exam using the virtual reality technology, I learned soon after that she was getting treatment and recovering extremely well! Before Leadership Initiatives, I couldn't wait to make a difference by saving others, and after attending the summit, I felt like I was already on my way to saving others for the rest of my life. I had never experienced such passion to create positive change until I was actually doing it all the way across the world. If anyone is interested in global health, medicine, and helping others, but feels too young to start, wait no longer and turn to this organization. This summit was and will continue to be an inspiration to me throughout my journey into medicine. After attending the program and knowing what it feels like to save a life, I am now on a pre-health track in college and I'm so eager to be saving lives again. (Above is a picture of me getting ready to diagnose my patient!)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Leadership Initiatives is an amazing organization that changes lives every single day, and I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with them. I began as a student in the International Business Internship Program, attended both the International Leadership & Business Internship Summit as well as the Advanced Law & Trial Internship Summit, and now work as a youth development programs intern. I have seen firsthand how LI has influenced lives, my own included.

As an IBIP student, I was fortunate enough to have partnered with an irrigation farmer in Bauchi State Nigeria. He was struggling with his fruit production process and was not making enough profit to send his children to school. My team created a step-by-step process to teach our business partner how to stem graft his trees in order to produce more fruit and therefore afford an education for his children.

Seeing the impact that Leadership Initiatives has had on the lives of individuals on the other side of the globe has changed me as well. I've noticed the growth in my leadership qualities as well as my passion for helping others. I'm so grateful that LI has provided me with the opportunity to change lives around the world.

Rayna A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Leadership Initiatives is an amazing program that gives students exposure to many incredible opportunities. In the summer, I participated in the Medical and Public Health summit, and I got to meet many doctors and also learn about college from college admission experts. Leadership Initiatives gives students exposure to professionals in their field of interest, which can greatly help students get ready for life after high school. I am also a member of an IBIP Team, which is greatly helping developing businesses in Nigeria. The work that Leadership Initiatives does for developing countries is very inspiring.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a former student in LI's International Business Internship Program (IBIP) and as a current youth development programs intern, I can confidently say that Leadership Initiatives is nothing short of incredible.

In every aspect of the organization, the dedication and care everyone on staff pours into their work is abundantly clear. They ensure that every single person, student, or business they work with has the resources and skills they need to succeed.

Throughout my time at Leadership Initiatives, I've had so many opportunities to foster growth in leadership and communication (and had fun doing it!). Without a doubt, LI has changed my life, and countless others!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Leadership Initiatives has changed my life in so many ways I never thought was possible. I was sent there one summer alone because my mother heard of the summit and wanted me to pursue the opportunity. I came there with nothing and left with so much. I not only developed life-long relationships but I also got a first hand look at what I want to do with my future. It's unbelievable to think what I'm doing currently at 16 years old. I was given the opportunity to not only start an IBIP team but also the opportunity to intern for Leadership Initiatives.

With my IBIP team I don't have to wait for the summers to change lives because now I can do it year round. It is the most soul filling feeling to have a motivation to help someone and see the solutions you made put into motion. With such good representation in the staff to keep me motivated and driven, I couldn't ask for a better group of people to spend my time with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I truly cannot say how much Leadership Initiatives has changed my life. It is hard for me to even comprehend that me simply going up to the Leadership Initiative Booth at HOSA's State Conference would have set my whole life in motion. I have since then been apart of two Youth Development Summer Programs (Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit & Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit) as well as interned with the non-profit for almost a year now. I have learned a tremendous amount about leadership and communication skills because of doing things that 16 years old don't get the chance to do! I was able to talk to important leaders, schedule meetings, talk to patients. I was even flown down to Florida for HOSA's International Leadership Conference so I could help run the booth there! Leadership Initiatives cares about every single person who interns with them, particpates in a summer program, or is involved in an IBIP team. They truly want the best for you and are willing to help you in any way possible; it is unparallel to any other non-profit out there.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Leadership initiatives for about 3 years now as both a student and intern, and I can confidently say that this program has had a bigger impact than anything else in my life. The hard work that Marshall and his team put in, and the trust with which they treat each student means that new goals are being met every single day. Never in a million years would I have expected to have worked with business owners, state representatives or lawyers at such a young age, but Leadership Initiative's impact is just that significant. I hope to keep working with this nonprofit for as long as possible so that more people can experience the hard work and joy of this fantastic team!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Leadership Initiatives is an amazing experience for everyone involved. For students, the program exposes you to many opportunities such as meeting professionals in your field of interest. It is an immersive week that truly gives students an understanding of college life. As for volunteers, the staff quickly becomes your second family. There is a tight bond between the workers that motivates you to work harder. I started as a student in the Public Health Summit. Throughout my time with Leadership Initiatives, I have met amazing people from across the world and created long-lasting bonds. As an intern, I've been given the opportunity to work with professionals in the neuroscience field to improve Leadership Initiatives Neuroscience program. I am and will be forever grateful for the experiences I've been exposed to. This is truly an amazing organization.

gzeidler

Client Served

Rating: 5

Leadership Initiatives is an amazing nonprofit that is doing unparalleled work not only in the US, but in Nigeria as well. After having worked with LI for over a year through the International Business Internship Program and their Advanced Law and Trial summits in Washington DC, I am confident that there is no one working harder to improve the lives of people all over the world through education and hard work. The work done throughout the year with the International Business Internship Program (IBIP) has allowed me to make a real difference in a community in Bauchi State, Nigeria which is something I could not have done with any other program. Through the Advanced Law and Trial Internship Summit at Georgetown University, I was able to get an in-depth look at what it means to be a lawyer and work with real clients on real cases. In addition to being apart of IBIP and attending the summer summit, LI has given me amazing benefits such as SAT/ACT prep through Test Rocker, college essay editing, etc. The staff at LI is amazing. Every single person working for LI is caring, compassionate, and willing to help me make a difference in the work. The staff is one of the best parts of LI because they care so much and want me to succeed so one I can can make an amazing difference in the word. They make sure I have the tools in my back pocket to succeed with whatever I choose to do in life. I am so thankful to be working with such as amazing nonprofit and would recommend LI to anyone willing to work hard so one day they can make a difference!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Leadership Initiatives had been an amazing experience for me. It has led to internship opportunities as well as an intensive college-like experience. I was impressed by the caliber of experts they bring in for lectures and who work directly with the students. Leadership initiatives has given me a huge boost to my resume for applying to college as well as changing my direction in that respect. It has certainly broadened my academic interests to include many things I wasn't even looking at before. For me, getting to help people directly by diagnosing them was a very powerful experience. In the neuroscience program, I got to see a patient with Parkinson's who had a brain implant. He demonstrated turning it on and off which showed us, visibly, how much of a difference someone in the medical field can improve the life of another. Leadership Initiatives has gotten me excited to get out into the world and make a difference.

Bennett L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Leadership Initiatives is life changing for everybody involved. I have been a part of this organization for about a year and a half, and I plan to stay as long as I possibly can. The LI staff is always helping everyone in every way they can, from helping coordinate fundraisers across the country to writing recommendation letters in their free time. Through LI, I have had the opportunity to work with three different businesses in Nigeria and assist them with their problems. LI makes a point to help build a relationship between the students and business owners that goes beyond just the business. LI has also blessed me with the chance to visit embassies, talk with admission representatives of illustrious colleges, interview and befriend experts and CEOs of large corporations, and so much more. As I said in the beginning, I will stay a part of the LI family for as long as physically possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the year that I have been working with Leadership Initiatives, I have seen so many lives dramatically changed, my own included. I have been given opportunities that I had never dreamed of, and have had the chance to work with the amazing staff of LI, which has become like a family. In my sophomore year of high school, I was given the unimaginable opportunity to work closely with an impoverished, orphaned student in Nigeria hoping to make enough money to support himself and his sister. During the Summer, I was able to work with a security business attempting to protect a Nigerian university from terrorist attacks from groups like the Boko-Haram. Leadership Initiatives offers students around the world the unique ability to lend aid to developing communities, gain real-world work experience, and connect with other cultures in a way that no other program can. For those in developing communities, it gives them a chance to grow their business, acquire important connections, and, perhaps most importantly, provide hope for the future. I can not put into words how thankful I am to Leadership Initiatives, and I know that hundreds of others would say the same.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Faisal Sa’ad, I was born in 1996 at Gwallaga Community Bauchi, Bauchi State – Nigeria; I am the first born in my family and I have 10 siblings. I lost my father about 4 years ago and my mother about a year. I have been taking care of my siblings since when we lost our father. I shoulder all the responsibilities of my family such as feeding, clothing, education, shelter etc. and I am married with two children (boy and a girl).

Life has been so difficult for us before Leadership Initiatives intervention; I joined LI in the year 2014 as Auto Repair business beneficiary. Leadership Initiatives empowered me with tools and support my business with technical advice on how to run the business.

I have been partnering with International Business Alliance Program (IBAP) Students who are helping my business with advertising, how to manage finances and exposing me to new model cars. That has driven my business to success.

The entire life of my family has changed, because before we leave in a rented apartment; but now we own a house all because of LI’s support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Leadership Initiatives for a little over a year now as the Fundraising Chair for my schools IBIP team. We're partnered with a small soap making business in a rural Nigerian town. One thing that makes Leadership Initiatives amazingly unique is the connection that they have with the business partners. Participants of IBIP are able to Skype with their business partner (and a translator) which gives them a personal relationship that many other programs don't have.

Along with participating in the IBIP program, I also went to Washington, D.C. and participated in their International Leadership Business Summit. Similarly to IBIP, students are paired with business, given a set of problems that the business is facing, and at the end of the week students gave presentations in front of a panel of judges. Students were scored on a rubric and if the students were given a certain score, their business was given a $500 grant. ILBS is such an amazing program that gives students experiences and advantages that no other organization or program can even think of. When in D.C. we visited embassy's, toured the Supreme Court and other D.C. hot spots, spoke to college admissions officers, met with a professional college guidance advisor, and were able to work with experts in a variety of fields.

Leadership Initiatives very clearly cares about their students and does everything they can to give them hands on business experience and prepare them for the future. Being involved with Leadership Initiatives has been a life changing experience that I wouldn't give up for the world.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being apart of Leadership Initatives is such a blessing and honor. To be able to work one on one with business owners from Nigeria is an experience like no other! It is so incredible to see the change and difference you are not only able to make in others lives but also your own. In addition to all of this, it is such a pleasure to work with Mr. Marshall Bailly. He truly runs an incredible organization and no one works as hard as him and the LI team. They are so caring and truly care about not only the business but the business owners and the students. I am eternally grateful to be apart of LI because this has allowed me to grow and develop as a person. This has been one of the most rewearing experiences of my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Leadership Initiatives has changed so many lives including my own. By working with them, I have been connected to people throughout the world and have been able to truly see the difference they make in others lives. After meeting with several of the businesses and community members Leadership Initiatives works with, I felt so confident in their goals that I decided to further my commitment to Leadership Initiatives. The businesses that they commit to not only improve the lives of the workers, but the entire community. I am honored to be involved with such an amazing organization!

Meredith K.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with Leadership Initiatives for over a year as the Team Lead for the Ridgefield High School International Business Internship Program. We work with a small salon business in Nigeria, creating a financial plan and marketing strategy to increase profits and expand employment. The direct connection with our business owner has made me more socially aware of issues women face in different parts of the world and I am so grateful that Leadership Initiatives gave me an opportunity to make a real impact on someone's life.

I also work to coordinate the Mentorship program. Leadership Initiatives gives back to the students they work with by connecting them with qualified mentors who can help students think about their career path. Not only does Leadership Initiatives improve lives in Nigeria, but they also work to support the students who make this change possible.

Grace V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I consider myself incredibly fortunate to be able to work with Leadership Initiatives, their amazing staff, and the wonderful other students that contribute their efforts the cause. The greatest thing I can say about Leadership Initiatives is that they truly care. Whether it's about supporting the students who work so hard to help their business partners or the impressive behind-the-scenes work that would leave you speechless at the sheer amount of energy they put into each program. Leadership Initiatives is an amazing program that I am proud to be a part of.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I got involved with this organization out of pure fate. It's simply the best thing I've ever been apart of. The relationships I've built, whether it is a longtime friendship or a business reference for the future, it has been an incredible journey. Amazing group of people behind this organization. They are all genuine, kind, loving, and caring people. There isn't a better program to be apart of!

Max D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After working with LI for the past year, I can confidently say that there is not another non-profit that works as hard as Marshall Bailly and the LI team. Leadership Initiatives provides the most personal, helpful, and life-changing experience to everyone involved; whether a student, Business, donor, or otherwise, LI a will never fail to impress. From the phenomenally fun summer programs in Washington, DC to the programs like IBAP and student internships, LI is truly a 5 star non-profit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started working with Leadership Initiatives about two years ago and let me tell you, this organization is amazing. They empower growing businesses and really change lives!!! I’d give a 6/5 if I could!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Leadership Initiatives for over a year now through the Business Alliance Program and through the Business Summit. I am so grateful for the opportunities that the head of the LI program, Marshall Bailly, has given to me and my team. Over the last year, my team and I have worked with multiple businesses in Nigeria to help solve their business problems. It was such an amazing experience to see how happy our business partner was when we proposed our solutions this summer in Washington, D.C. Being apart of the Leadership Initiatives team has allowed me to aid business owners in Nigeria and has made me feel as though I had a true impact on the world. The program has continued to make the world a better place and I look forward to my involvement in the program over the next couple months.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ever since I’ve started working with Leadership Initiatives, I have discovered that I truly love helping others. I am very grateful to Marshall Bailly and Leadership Initiatives for giving me the opportunity to grow as individual and help different individuals from around the world improve their communities. Thank you so much for everything!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I think of Leadership Initiatives, the first word that pops into my head is “Family”. The organization seeks to improve the lives of all the people that they come in contact with. The whole world seems to be their family and all they want is the best for all of them. I’ve been a direct witness to LI’s success in making the world a better place. Their reason for success, among many others, is that they treat everyone as if they were truly family. The staff of LI work to personally get to know everyone, which, in turn, allows for higher levels of productivity, since everyone is connected, so they achieve so many things. LI is very dedicated and motivated. They know what they want and they get things done. I can’t wait to see what else they have to offer to world.

1 calliew

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Leadership Initiatives is nothing short of incredible. Over a year ago, I was fortunate enough to join three other students at my high school in the formation of an IBIP team. We collaborate weekly via Skype call; the primary focus of our efforts is to improve the hair salon business owned by our partner, Grace Adanu, from Bauchi State, Nigeria.

Through efficient collaboration and communication with both the American and Nigerian staffs of Leadership Initiatives, I've witnessed firsthand the blood, sweat, and tears that this nonprofit puts into every minute of every hour. My team's work has been occasionally disrupted by politically or religiously motivated extremism and emergencies in these Nigerian communities. The ability of Leadership Initiatives to effectively resolve these issues on a daily basis not only underscores the resilience of the whole program, but sets a problem-solving precedent for the IBIP teams themselves.

The week I spent last summer at the International Leadership and Business Summit at Georgetown University brought full circle all positive sentiments I'd acquired over the course of a year of online work with Leadership Initiatives. LI is unique: it strives to foster an unbreakable international bond that you can't just find anywhere. This initiative provides a platform for key Nigerian community figures to ensure the growth and development of their own businesses.

I am so honored to be part of an organization that succeeds in making the world a better place. I can't wait to see what Leadership Initiatives achieves in the future - they have the drive and dedication to do it all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Ricky Toh, and I am a volunteer that is part of Leadership Initiative's International Business Alliance Program, a program that helps high school students connect with Nigerian businesses to help solve business and technical solutions. Throughout my time with this program, Leadership Initiatives has really encouraged me to take a stand in fundraising and researching solutions for my business partners. In addition, Leadership Initiatives works hard to make sure our solutions and progress is consistent through online Skype calls with Leadership Initiatives and regular calls with our business partner in Nigeria. They are committed to their cause and working with others, especially since they had to set aside special times for my team, which is located in Indonesia, because of time differences. I really appreciate the work Leadership Initiatives is doing and know that it will change the lives of the Nigerian communities it partners with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Leadership Initiatives (LI) is inspirational in its work empowering local leaders to start businesses in their communities to address a problem that they see. It has been a pleasure working for Leadership Initiatives and I am consistently impressed by the training that LI provides, but more importantly by its focus on "the local" to ensure that everything comes from within the community from ideas to leaders to funding. The more I learn about the leaders themselves and hear their stories, the more I am inspired by the work they are doing and the positive impact they are having on their communities.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Ismaila Adamu, I was born in 1990 at Yelwa makaranta, Bauchi. I have eight (8) siblings. Just as I began my final year in secondary school, I had to drop out because my father couldn’t afford to pay for my education any longer, this was very painful. But then LI came along and gave me the opportunity to go on. Today I earn about N300 – N600 daily; my desire to complete my education was my drive and I am glad I met with LI.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am Abdurahaman Aminu, one of the beneficiaries of the LI welding program. Before I met LI, my story was just like most of my colleagues, I was broke and unable to take care of myself or my siblings, I had no education but just over the space of a short time. My welding business has grown. I now operate from Katsina state, where my business skill caught the attention of a Chinese company that I also now work for on a contract bases. This has helped widen my knowledge base and built me up financially. All thanks to LI.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Muhammad Ali, I am the first child in my family with 10 siblings, my father works as a labourer, doing menial jobs and my mum is late. Because of the size of my family and the little income that comes in I barely finished my secondary school education with a lot of challenges and difficulties along the way. After which I stayed at home doing nothing. When LI empowered me through training on motorcycle repairs, I moved from a idle young man who could not help his family to one who had a full time employment and could now help with some money at home to take care of my siblings.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am Ibrahim Hussaini, though I am disabled, I always strived not to allow my condition limit me. So despite my disability, I obtained my Diploma in 2006, yet was without an employment until my paths met with LI. LI saw beyond my disability and still reached out to help me, by empowering me and some of my colleagues with computer skills. Now with the help of the training I received from LI, I got a job at a business centre here in Bauchi, after which I earned enough to establish my own business. And now I not only own my own business but I am an employer of labour and also I have built a house in my village- Jama’are all thanks to my encounter with LI.

Client Served

Rating: 5

All I did was wait till the raining season to plant my crops in my little farm and harvest it to feed my family. But after LI’s intervention, I, Sani can now provide much more for my family and even for my community. We no longer just eat majorly carbohydrates, but we also have some protein from the fish to go with it. Our finances have improved and even our health too. I am now respected within my community for bringing such help through the fish farm to my people, with the help of LI.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am Salamatu Mohammed, born in 1991 at Yelwa makaranta, Bauchi state. I have eighteen (18) siblings; my father is a retired civil servant. I completed my secondary education in 2008 but could not continue because my father could not afford to sponsor me any longer. Until I met LI I had no source of income. But after my skill acquisition training with LI, I now earn at least N200-N400 daily. I became a part of LI so I could help my parents with my siblings and also cater for myself, now because of my tailoring skill; I have been able to help her parents send some of my siblings to school. Also I got married and was able to finance what I needed to. LI has helped me build my world and reach greater heights, I never thought possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am Uzairu Salisu, a 16 year old who is currently undergoing my post-primary education at Bakari Dukku secondary school in the JSS (junior secondary school) class. My father Mallam Salisu a peasant farmer, has two (2) wives and twenty two (22) children. He could only afford to send just three (3) of us to school, of which I was not a part of these three (3).

Life has thrown its challenges at me since I was only four (4), daily survival was next to impossible for me and my 21 siblings, as my mum and step mum are both house wives and my father’s income was too small to cater for the large family. All these and much more did not drown out my drive in life; rather they served as the thrust I needed to strive harder.

The Leadership initiatives cobbling business program was an answered prayer for me. Because of my dedication and determination coupled with my mentor’s patience (the LI allocated trainer), I was able to learn the cobbling skill well, not only that, but I became one of the highly skilled apprentice on the business having the ability to design and create fantastic shoes for both men and women of various styles and sizes.

I plan to start my own business soon, so this could help me make a living and also employ other youths in my community. Because of LI, I, my family and even my community will never be the same again.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am 14 years old; my name is Yahuza, both of my parents are still alive. My father is a tailor with three (3) wives and fourteen (14) children; I am the sixth child and though I was privileged to complete my primary education at Jahun primary school in 2011; but due to financial insufficiency, I have not been able to further my education beyond that level. Therefore, I chose to learn a skill in order to help me raise enough finances to complete my education. That’s when I met with LI and I was given the opportunity of a life time to be trained as a carpenter. And today my desire to fund my education and also support my parent as well as my siblings is gradually becoming a reality with LI.



I joined the LI business program at age 21 as one of the car mechanics apprentice; I am the eldest son in my family with nine (9) siblings and my father- Mallam Lawan is a low income earner who cannot afford to send his children to school. I, Haruna have never attended school before. But after LI’s intervention, I raised enough money to finance my own education at an adult education class, which was the starting point for my education pursuit. This was one of the greatest longing that drew me to the LI business alliance program, to further my education with the proceeds from this business skill.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Hamza Ya’u, I was born in 1985 at Kofar Fada, but later settled at Yelwa Markaranta of Bauchi, I have thirteen (13) siblings and my father is a local farmer. My father could not afford to send me or my siblings to school. I spent most of my time on the farm with my Dad during the raining season and he just sits idle at other times.

LI’s intervention greatly transformed my life and that of my family. I was trained on the welding skill and I who earned nothing before and sat idle when I was not on the farm with my dad, now earns about N300 – N400 daily, giving me the financial power I needs to take care of myself and even help my family. Also I am working on enrolling in an adult education system to help me get the education I couldn’t get prior to LI’s intervention, and now even help to send about four (4) of my siblings to school.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a nonprofit professional, I have an intimate knowledge of how important organizations are to people that are disenfranchised and in need of support. I am a firm believer that real change happens in a bottom up format, empowering those who need support to change their circumstances and develop in order to reach their true potential. LI accomplishes this with innovative and precise programs- helping communities survive and thrive in a sustainable fashion.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Leadership Initiatives is determined to change the world, one community at a time. I have volunteered with LI since 2003 and visited projects in both Namibia and Nigeria. One difference this organization has is their constant presence. I have met many people in developing countries that have gone through training of some kind through one organization or another. More often than not, these people struggle to apply their skills outside of the classroom. Leadership Infinitives' Computer Literacy course is a great example for taking the abstract and making it applicable. I had an opportunity to meet Ibrahim, a graduate of this program. He now makes a living servicing peoples printing needs, creating banners, business cards, advertisements and wedding invitations. Throughout his transition from student to entrepreneur, LI has been there, checking in on him and assisting along the way. Ibrahim is more than just a success story for LI, he is a teacher and supervises the development of new graduates. He is one of the many people involved in that is committed to changing the world, one community at a time.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having spent many years living in developing nations, I have been impressed by the model of sustainable economic development put forward by Leadership Initiatives. The model builds entrepreneurial leaders at a community level, taking local entrepreneurs through a process of identifying a business/service that is needed, developing a business plan, and raising the necessary funding from within their community. The results are sustainable businesses that empower individuals and their communities to invest in their futures. The success of the new businesses and the willingness of successful entrepreneurs to reinvest in new projects is a compelling model that I feel proud to support.

Justin18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Leadership Initiatives (LI) is an outstanding example of how we should guide and direct our foreign policy initiatives in regards to peace-building and international development. LI strives to create an atmosphere where the people of Nigeria have the largest say in how their needs are met, thus this does not create dependency and allows for more brighter days to come in Nigeria. After having had the opportunity to meet individuals who have been affected by LI's work, I am forever hopeful that LI will only grow to do greater things in the years to come. Leadership Initiatives has taken social entrepreneurship to a whole new level.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Leadership Initiatives for the past two years, and have been familiar with the organization for the past four years. I was first introduced to Leadership Initiatives when my older brother was involved with the organization, working to raise money for the “Water for Nigeria” project. His group raised enough money to build a water purification facility in Bauchi State, Northern Nigeria. After seeing how my brother was able to help a deprived community through Leadership Initiatives, I knew I wanted to somehow be involved. I was then fortunate enough to be asked by Marshall Bailly, the Executive Director, to be the group leader of the Fish for Freedom project. As the group leader, I am now able to be a part of some of the incredible projects that Leadership Initiatives is involved with.

While working with Leadership Initiatives, I have been privileged enough to work with those who need the help the most. Our group project is focused on providing affordable fish to the people of Birshi State in Nigeria, and we are currently in the midst of raising money to help expand the fish farming program into other areas of the state. In doing so, we are helping regions that have been severely depleted of crucial nutrients for years, specifically quality protein and Vitamin B.

My work with Leadership Initiatives has been occasionally interrupted by the actions of political and religious extremists throughout Nigeria. Leadership Initiatives’ ability to overcome the constant adversity faced each day by these extremists is truly remarkable. It is a well run organization and repeatedly completes projects that have a lasting impact on many less fortunate communities in Nigeria. I am proud to be a part of this respected organization, and I anticipate further growth of their humanitarian efforts.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Leadership Initiatives’ International Business Alliance Program (formerly Sister Schools Program) connects emerging businesses abroad with high school students across the United States. American student leaders are tasked with solving local development issues through business development, thus fostering cross-cultural collaboration. High school students involved in the program have been instrumental in increasing capital for their business partners through business process changes that enhanced efficiency and minimized costs. The success of the International Business Alliance Program on the high school level led LI to introduce its first program at the university level this past year at Georgetown University, with plans to expand to other colleges/universities in the future.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Leadership Initiatives is a great example of social entrepreneurship. The people behind the organization are driven -- their bottom line is social capital. The LI model is to provide just enough assistance and infrastructure that the people in the community can establish their own businesses -- which often beget more businesses. I have watched this organization grow from the inspired idea of a college student ten years ago to an engine for social change fueled by altruism, business savvy, and a sincere desire to help improve people's quality of life -- by showing folks how to do it themselves. I have taught in the university system for over 25 years and specialize in social entrepreneurship. Leadership Initiatives is an example of the best of the best.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Leadership Initiatives creates businesses, but there's more to it than that. In a time where relationships between countries have become very tense and unpredictable, LI takes everything back to the very basics, which is presenting oneself and seeing others as humans with emotions and desires and goals. By connecting leaders in the beneficiaries' communities with outstanding US high school students poised to become leaders for their own generation, we promote intercultural relationships with teamwork. This results in a continuing positive relationship. US students will take this positivity with them to college and beyond. Finding ways to improve cross-cultural relationships can be difficult, but often times the answer to the problem is the simplest solution.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Leadership Initiatives this year, and am already impressed by the widespread effect this organization has on all aspects of the community. Leadership Initiatives promotes developing businesses, creating a safe environment for entrepreneurs in the Nigerian and Bauchi community. These developments are facilitated by the youth of the International Business Alliance Program which fosters the promotion of leadership skills among high school and college students, allowing the next generation to become active members in their community and the world. This organization not only strives for a wonderful cause but is also possesses the progressive and effective skills to make a difference.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My commitment to Leadership Initiatives (LI) grew exponentially when I realized that the businesses that LI had helped to create turned into engines of community development. The businesses are not only succeeding but are building infrastructure in their own communities, are creating orphanages to fill in for absent social services, and are faithful donors to LI as well as volunteers to one another. LI demonstrates the achievements that can be accomplished by committed volunteers working with dedicated international grass-roots entrepreneurs and local micro-financing from community middle-class sources. By partnering U.S. students with the local entrepreneurs to provide help as project managers and fund-raisers, LI is creating a learning opportunity that gives our next generation of Americans a powerful understanding of grass-roots business development and international exposure. Training for the local entrepreneurs includes skills, leadership, and financial classes to ensure not only success in the short-run, but sustainable growth in the future.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been working with Leadership Initiatives for a number of years as one of the many dedicated volunteer staff members that believe in the vision and projects of the organization. Leadership Initiatives is an organization that succeeds in engaging the local community and budding leadership in a region to generate sustainable projects.

Donor

Rating: 5

Jo Ann Marie
As a teacher with 39 years in the public school system I applaud Leadership Initiatives Sister School Programs. These programs provide innovative educational opportunities in our schools with a positive impact that engage administrators, students, their families and their communities.

LI Sister School Programs assist students in the development of character, motivation, and purpose. These Sister school programs foster cross-cultural collaboration that strengthens budding leaders of the future across international boundaries.

Donor

Rating: 5

Having spent many years living in developing nations, I have been impressed by the model of sustainable economic development put forward by Leadership Initiatives. The model builds entrepreneurial leaders at a community level, taking local entrepreneurs through a process of identifying a business/service that is needed, developing a business plan, and raising the necessary funding from within their community. The results are sustainable businesses that empower individuals and their communities to invest in their futures. The success of the new businesses and the willingness of successful entrepreneurs to reinvest in new projects is a compelling model that I feel proud to support.