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Sidhaant Kadam

Dunlap High School

Class of 2024

Sidhaant Kadam is a rising junior at Dunlap High School. Sidhaant Kadam is a dedicated challenge-pursuing student who is enrolled in the Advanced Placement and Honors program at his high school. One of his most important traits in his toolbelt is his growth mindset. His motivation and drive to make the world a better place is what makes him unique among the rest.

Sidhaant is interested in technological applications in the real world. To expand his knowledge, he has taken career oriented courses, such as Project Lead The Way: Intro Engineering, A.P. Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science A, Harvard University’s Computer Science 50 course, & Harvard University’s Web Programming with Python & JavaScript course. To gain professional experience in the field, he is currently working at iSteam Studios as a Software/Technology expert. He is also the President and Founder of the Computer Science & Coding Club at Dunlap High School. Additionally, to expand his knowledge on entrepreneurial leadership, Sidhaant has taken the initiative to become the Secretary for the Business & Entrepreneurship Club at Dunlap High School. During his free time, Sidhaant enjoys playing tennis, playing the drums, or writing short poems.

Sidhaant is excited and is looking forward to participating in the International Business & Development Program this upcoming year. He loves learning about the real world applications regarding business development and growth. In the near future, Sidhaant would like to take what he has learned and apply it to his own business which would help communities prosper.


Michael Gong

Dunlap High School

Class of 2025

Michael Gong is currently a sophomore at Dunlap High School. Michael devotes extensive time toward extra-curricular activities, making the high honor roll, and improving leadership skills.

Michael is on the varsity soccer team at his school. He has been playing the sport for nearly a decade. Michael is also involved in his school's Future Business Leaders of America chapter. He placed 3rd overall in a video production event during the 2022 National Leadership Conference. In his free time, Michael enjoys filmmaking, hanging out with friends, and playing video games.

Michael is thrilled to join the International Business & Development Internship. He is avid to take on the exciting opportunity of working with small businesses. Michael hopes to use the knowledge and skills he has learned from Future Business Leaders of America to benefit others and further improve his leadership.


Harmin Patel

Dunlap High School

Class of 2026

Harmin Patel is a freshman at Dunlap High School. He is excited to start high school and can't wait for the adventures that awaits him. He is a dedicated student and has a passion for learning.

Harmin is currently is numerous Honors and high-level classes. He is planning on doing clubs such as student council, speech club, UNICEF, Interact, Scholastic Bowl, Chess, Tennis, and possibly a few others. He is also a committed volunteer who wants to give back to his community. He has approximately 67 hours so far from places like the Midwest Food Bank, Illinois Cancer Care, and many others.

Harmin Patel is excited in participating int he International Business Development Internship. He is interested in how the economy works and hopes to possibly create his own business one day. Harmin one day hopes to build his own philanthropic, affluent business to which he may leave his mark on the world.


Our Business Partner

Faisal Musa

Business Statistics

Mr. Musa has an apprentice system, where he trains young boys in return for their work.

Mr. Musa hopes to retire early and allow people to work for him.

Mr. Musa uses the profit from his business to help his parents, pay for education fees, and fulfill his own needs.

Mr. Musa enjoys watching soccer. His favorite team is Real Madrid.

Faisal Musa

About Faisal

Faisal Musa is a 20-year-old man from the Miri community of Bauchi State, Nigeria. He currently lives with his parents and was recently married. Every morning, Faisal wakes up early to greet his parents, pray, eat breakfast, and prepare for a long day at his motorcycle repair shop. He began the shop four years ago in order to support his family and raise enough money for his educational goals. Though he struggles to earn sufficient sums for his own needs, Faisal strives to provide his customers with affordable prices without compromising standards. Faisal also trains young apprentices to equip them with the necessary skill sets for a future career in motorcycle repair. In the future, he hopes to continue helping others, grow his business large enough to create more jobs for people, and sell spare parts.

Faisal Musa

Community Impact

Mr. Musa creates a huge impact on his community and family. He works long hours in order to ensure that his family can live without worries. Mr. Musa also makes an impact on other individuals through his apprentice program. He teaches young apprentices valuable skills in motorcycle repair and empowers them to be successful in their own endeavors.

Faisal Musa

Our Partnership

Our team is very excited and privileged to be working with Mr. Musa throughout the International Leadership and Business Program. We have been collaborating on business names, logos, advertising, and financial tracking. During the remainder of the program, we hope to accomplish future goals and continue making progress with Mr. Musa in order to develop a successful motorcycle repair 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.