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Mason Charkatz

The Bullis School

Class of 2026

Mason Charkatz is a rising freshman at The Bullis School. Mason is a dedicated student who strives to do the best he can in school and at home. Mason Charkatz will be in three honors classes this year. Honors, biology, geometry, and language arts. Mason Charkatz enjoys technical theater at his school and has been evolved since sixth grade. He wants to participate in the National Honors Society this year. During his free time he enjoys baking and working on physical health. Mason Charkatz is thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in the International Business & Development Program this year. Mason Charkatz hopes to be an entrepreneur and start his own business one day. Mason will use the skills and knowledge taught to him during this internship to help him succeed in his goals.


Jinho Yoon

The Bullis School

Class of 2026

Jinho yoon is a rising freshman at the Bullis School. Jinho yoon is taking part in 2 honors classes this year and plans on expanding to more. Jinho Yoon is excited to participate in the business IIP program this year. He wants to gain an array of skills that can be useful in his future and is trying out different things. He someday hopes to become skilled in computer sciences with a basic knowledge of business. Jinho Yoon is excited to participate in the business IIP program this year. He wants to gain an array of skills that can be useful in his future and is trying out different things. He someday hopes to become skilled in computer sciences with a basic knowledge of business.


Noah Yablonsky

The Bullis School

Class of 2026

Noah Yablonsky is a rising ninth grader at The Bullis School. Noah was accepted into the National Junior Honors Society while in middle school and will be taking all three of his schools offered honors classes in ninth grade. Noah enjoys playing golf and tennis with friends. He also enjoys working in his school Tech Crew where they build sets and props for the school play. Noah plans on participating in the program throughout high school. In his free time, Noah enjoys hanging out with friends and making short videos. Noah is excited to participate in the International Business and Development Internship this year. He has been extremely interested in how businesses work for many years and hopes to one day own his own business. After the program, Noah would like to apply his learnings to his own life and work.


Chase Arends

Quince Orchard High School

Class of 2026

Chase Arends is a rising freshman at Quince Orchard High School. Chase is an honor student pursuing a specialized degree in project lead the way and piano. He is enrolled in advanced placement classes. Chase Arends enjoys playing the piano, biking, and engineering. Chase is excited to be entering high school and is looking forward to participating in the many clubs they offer. He volunteered this past summer as a counselor in training for Gaithersburg camps. During his free time, he enjoys exercising and hanging out with friends. Chase Arends is excited to be participating in the international business and development program this school year. He enjoys solving problems and working with friends. In the future, Chase Arends wants to use the skills he learns during the IL program and use them to run his own business.


Our Business Partner

David Richard

Business Statistics

David has over two decades of experience.

David hopes to help other young people escape poverty by hiring them to his company.

David's target audience is for anyone over 18 so he works with a wide range of people.

David Richard

About David

David Richard is a 43 year old man who lives in federal low-cost, Bauchi. He is married to his wife and is blessed and grateful for his three Children who are ages 6 through 17.

His family is very important to him. He has worked very hard to provide for his family. He has had his business for 20 years and plans to be his own company.

David Richard

Community Impact

Currently David has a handful of interns that he teaches and they help him. This provides valuable experience for these young folks so they can one day ether start their own business or work at a business.

David also works very hard to provide for his family and bring food and shelter.

One day David wants to be able to help others escape poverty when he starts a company, he will employ young people so they will never have to know what it is like to face poverty.

David Richard

Our Partnership

My group has been working with David for 15 weeks now. In that time we have gotten to know each other. David is ecstatic to be working with Leadership Initiatives. We have made him financial tracking systems to help him, We have made logos for him, and we have raised money for him as well.

Our Approach


Financially literate entrepreneurs make growth-oriented financial and economic decisions for their savings, borrowing, and investments. Our team is working with Isiyaka Sa’ad to create an effective financial tracking system for his business finances, receipts, and daily costs.


Our team identified target markets and key demographics to create a customer acquisition plan. We are working with Isiyaka Sa’ad to redesign his brand and create effective marketing campaigns.


Steady growth is a critical component of creating self-sustaining communities. Our team is working to identify key areas of opportunity for Isiyaka Sa’ad and design solutions with grant money to improve his business to foster growth.

Our Fundraising



$750 GOAL

Sub-Saharan Africa has experienced some of the highest growth rates globally over the past 10 years. While this means that people in these nations have become more optimistic about their social and economic future, the region continues to face a myriad of historical problems. In order to continue steady growth and achieve a future of equitable conditions in the region, our International Internship Program team seeks to build stronger communities from the grassroots level through fundraising for community development.

Funds raised are used to implement community-based education programs, pay staff to run the operations on-site, and invest in training for local leaders. Leadership Initiatives uses fundraised money to develop a network of support for actionable change and accountability between our team, the Leadership Initiatives staff, and the community stakeholders we work with.