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Alex Valz

Indian Hill High School

Class of 2025

Alex Valz is a sophomore at Indian Hill High School. He lives with his parents, sister Avery and dog, Max. He is soft-spoken, of high integrity and is always willing to help others.

Alex is a good student and loves to learn. He takes advanced math classes and studies Latin. He is on the JV golf team at school. In his free time, Alex enjoys gaming, golf and swimming.

Alex is excited to be a part of The International Internship Program again this year. He participated in the International Leadership and Business Internship Program last summer and looks forward to having the same great experience. Alex hopes to apply what he learns to his high school endeavors and, possibly, to college and beyond.


Brandon Yang

Indian Hill High School

Class of 2025

Brandon Yang is a rising sophomore at Indian Hill High School. Brandon Yang challenges himself with advanced placement courses.

Brandon Yang enjoys the cello. At school, Brandon Yang has been involved with DECA, becoming a state finalist. Brandon Yang also frequents drawing, getting an honorable mention and gold key in the Scholastic Art and Writing contest.

Brandon Yang is here to experience firsthand many of the scenarios and principles inside DECA using the International Business & Development Internship


Arjun Velayutham

Indian Hill High School

Class of 2025

Arjun Velayutham is a sophomore at Indian Hill High School. He is a dedicated student who is in several AP classes and has completed CCP courses with the University of Cincinnati.

Arjun loves swimming, reading, and spending time with is family. He swims for the Mason Manta Rays and the Indian Hill swim team. He competes in DECA, having represented Indian Hill at ICDC in Atlanta, 2022.

Arjun can't wait to join the Leadership Initiatives program this year. He enjoys applying his skills to solve difficult problems, and hopes to learn and grow with this experience.


Ethan Sargeant

Indian Hill High School

Class of 2025

Ethan Sargeant is a rising Sophomore at Indian Hill Highschool. Ethan is a dedicated honor student who is enrolled in both Advanced Placement and accelerated courses.

Ethan enjoys gaming and chilling with friends. At school Ethan participates in a variety of classes meant to challenge him to become a better student. Also a member of NSHSS

Ethan is excited to be participating in the International Internship Program.


Our Business Partner

David Richard

Business Statistics

David Richard is 43 years old, married, and has 3 children.

He has trained over 20 people and many have established their own businesses.

He dreams he can make a change in the community as a whole.

David Richard

About David

David Richard is a 43-year-old man who lives in Bauchi Nigeria and owns a welding business. He uses his business to train young boys to help give them a chance to escape the poverty cycle and wants to help others in his community.

David Richard

Community Impact

He trains/employs many people to help them learn the skills they need to start their own businesses, and wishes to continue to help and train others in his community.

David Richard

Our Partnership

So far we have been working on ideas to help him gain more customers such as possible discounts, as well as creating logos, mainly focusing on acquiring customers so he can have a more significant impact in his community and build a brand name for his business.

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.