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.
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.
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.
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.