About the Owner:Muhammad spent four years with his previous employer, learning how to repair electrical systems in Honda, Toyota and Opel cars. This experience pushed Muhammad to learn how to perform electrical repairs on a wider range of cars, giving him an edge over many competitors. Muhammad’s success has pushed him to continue expanding his services so that more customers can have access to quality service; he also hopes to hire more employees and provide them with their own shot at success.
Bennett Lewis, Project Lead:
Hi, my name is Bennett L., and I’m from Greensboro, North Carolina. This coming year, I will be entering the 10th grade. I have experience in my own personal marketing and in leadership. I teach robotics class at a local museum to 10 through 14 year old students, helping them develop problem solving skills. In addition, I have a passion for creating music. I have worked hard with this skill and it has paid off, allowing me to travel to places like LA to create music and meet others with my passion. I am a very social person; I love meeting new people and connecting with them. I am very excited to see the change my group and I can make in the lives of others!
Charlotte Carr, College Assistance Chair:
My name is Charlotte C, and I am a sophomore. I try to challenge myself by taking advanced classes, while also being a student athlete.
I participate in extracurricular actives such as, cheerleading (since seventh grade), Operation Smile, Make a Wish Foundation, Relay for Life, Girl up, and Ambassador Club. I have held leadership roles in cheerleading that taught me important life lessons, such as, how to work as a team.
I try to support my community by attending local events, and volunteering at many school events. I also participate in mini-projects with my family to support our community.
I am very grateful to be given such an amazing opportunity, working with the Leadership Initiatives International Business Alliance Program as the College Assistance Chair. This program will not only teach me important life skills, but it will allow me to have a real life, global impact.
Robert Landry, Special Projects Chair:
Hi, I am Robert Landry.
I am a tenth grade student at Greensboro Day School who participates in lots of sports inside and outside of school. I am on the basketball and golf team at GDS and play basketball on the NC Spartans AAU team in the spring and summer. In addition to athletics I love the outdoors; I enjoy hiking, fly-fishing, kayaking, rock-climbing and whitewater rafting.
This is the first program that I have participated in that focuses on helping out poor areas around the globe.
Meg Bennett, Fundraising Chair:
My name is Meg B, and I am a sophomore. I have been attending Greensboro Day School for 2 years now and participate in multiple service clubs such as Girls for Girls, Operation Smile and Gender Alliance Association. These clubs focus on raising money for children with less than ideal life styles and strive to change lives of children.
One of my favorite things to do is volunteer. I work at my local soup kitchen and help out families who are experiencing homelessness. I attend service programs every year and since 2013, I have helped at Hugs Camp, where we help children with special needs. I truly love to help others which has thankfully brought me to working with the Global Youth Innovators Initiative.
I am very excited and eager to raise money for small businesses in Nigeria that will hopefully thrive with our help.
Logan Forbis, Nigeria Partnership Chair:
My name is Logan F, and I am a sophomore. Outside of taking many advanced classes at my High School I am also involved in many extracurriculars. I have been a part of Varsity Cross Country and Varsity track ever since 7th grade. I have been a Girl-Scout for 11 years and am currently working on my gold award. I am apart of many clubs at my school including Student Government (for the past 5 years) which I was secretary for one and president for two, Operation Smile, Ambassadors Club, Girl Up, GSA (gender sexuality alliance), one of the founding members of Ukulele Club, Philosophy Club, Drama Club. I am also very involved in my local community. I participate in many local/school events. In 2011 I founded a race for children in Africa to get shoes and uniforms and continue to annually put this event on; so far I have raised enough for all the children in the village to have new uniforms and shoes. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such a unique program, the Leadership Initiatives International Business Alliance Program.
Cameron Pinkelton, Media Chair:
My name is Cameron Pinkelton and I am currently a sophomore in high school. I have lived in North Carolina my entire life and enjoy the wide range of opportunities to explore the natural world that this state offers. I am an Eagle Scout and have always enjoyed spending time outdoors, hiking and camping. Academically, I am especially interested in the fields of math and science. My goal professionally is to be a physician. I will most likely major in biology, biochemistry, or chemistry in college.
1. Leadership Initiatives operates with extremely low overhead: almost every penny you donate goes directly to programming.
2. Every dollar we raise serves two purposes:
In the short term, community leaders create solutions to local problems that maximize existing community resources. In the long term, Leadership Initiatives builds honest, self-reliant generations of leaders who are equipped to empower entire nations.
3. The community development initiatives our students produce results which are completely self-sustaining and which continue compounding and growing with no outside funding.