International Leadership and Business Summit Team:
Hamilton Orphan Care
Our Life-Changing Project
Our Business Partner: The LI Orphan Care and Independence Program
Story of the Program
The Orphan Care and Independence Program was originally developed in response to request from LI Business Owners. Once they had gotten their own business off the ground, they wanted to give back to the community by taking in orphans. In order to ensure that all of the orphans taken in were both treated well and working towards the mastery of some skill, LI began the Orphan Independence and Skills Program to establish a set of best practices for its participants. The LI. staff also establishes a skills curriculum for each participant that they must progress through during the course of their apprenticeships. Further, the staff set apprentice wages that allow for the orphans to earn an income while learning a skill.
The Orphan Care and Independence Program is designed to provide orphans with the necessary training to become full participants in their communities. After receiving initial training from Leadership Initiatives, there is ongoing oversight of all participating businesses to ensure that the orphans are well cared for and that the Leadership Initiatives staff provide tracking,periodic wellness visits, and assist orphans in integration into their communities:
Class of 2018
Class of 2018
Hi, my name is Jayla Simmons. I am currently a senior at North Thurston High School. In my free time I cheer, paint, or volunteer at the Hand’s On Children’s Museum.
At school I participate in Varsity Cheer, Renaissance, and National Honor Society. I also go to South Puget Sound Community College and take classes there on my way to an Associate’s degree. I also participate in a scholarship program, where I am a Lakefair princess.
When I am not volunteering or helping file at my dad’s job, I work at Forrey’s Forza which is a coffee shop in Olympia, Washington.
I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to help the orphan care program. I love working with children and watching them grow and believe every child should get that opportunity.
Class of 2019
My name is Morgan Biele, but most of my friends address me by my nickname, “Momo”. I am a rising junior at Woodstock Union High School in Woodstock, Vermont, where I spend the majority of my time studying science and participating in clubs. I would like to be a pediatric neurologist when I grow up, because I am passionate about the nervous system and would love to help children. In order to accomplish my career goals, I can often be found in the biology classroom! However, I am also the Junior Class Treasurer, the President of the Vermont Teen Leadership Safety Program, and I am an active member of the Interact Rotary Club, Medicine Club, as well as the Math team. I am thrilled to be apart of the International Leadership and Business Summit, and look forward to help changing the world!
Neil K Rawat
Class of 2020
My name is Neil Rawat, and I’m a rising sophomore. In school, I pry myself on hard work, I am always very eager to work with others and lend a helping hand to my community.
At school and outside of school I participate in after school activities. In school, I participate in Greenteam, an environment conscious group.Outside of school, I go spar and kickbox people at my dojo in Strive Martial Arts, and am a first degree black belt. In the future, I plan to join a Writing and Poem club and achieving my second degree black belt.
I contribute in my community by cooking rice to give to the homeless every Saturday, and making P3 packets, which have food for students who cannot afford to eat on the weekends. I hope to take my generosity and ideas and expand on them through the International Leadership and Business Summit.