2018 YDP Interns

Ella Farrell

Youth Development Outreach Director
Ella Farrell

Youth Development Outreach Director

Ella Farrell is a junior at Los Alamitos High School in Southern California. Ella began her journey with Leadership Initiatives during the summer of 2016 when she attended the Global Young Innovators Initiative at the University of California, Los Angeles. Following the conference, she was selected to join the International Business Internship Program, which she continues to participate in today as the Project Leader and the Nigeria Partnerships Chair. During the summer of 2017, Ella also attended the International Leadership and Business Summit at Georgetown University. She hopes that through her work she is able to make a difference in the lives of others.

Outside of Leadership Initiatives, Ella is a member of the dance team at her high school, as well as a pre-professional dance company. As a dancer of almost 12 years, she is dedicated to the art form and enjoys having a creative outlet. She volunteers as a teacher’s assistant in many of the classes for younger children because she loves having the chance to change someone’s life through dance. Ella is also part of a non-profit organization called Dance 2 Your Door, in which she and other members perform for those that are unable to see dance, such as the immobile and the elderly. In addition to her dance background, Ella is also involved in student government at school.

Ella has enjoyed working with Leadership Initiatives and looks forward to continuing her work in changing the world.

Kyla Grunden

Assistant Curriculum Director For Youth Development Medical Programs
Kyla Grunden

Assistant Curriculum Director For Youth Development Medical Programs

Kyla began her work with Leadership Initiatives as a student of the International Business Internship Program. Over the summer of 2017, she attended the International Leadership and Business Summit at Georgetown University, where she and her team worked tirelessly to develop Counterinsurgency methods for the University of Maiduguri, which has consistently faced threats from terrorist groups such as the Boko Haram.

Because of her work at ILBS, Kyla was offered the position of Curriculum Director of Youth Development Programs. Since then, she has partnered with members of the board to establish regular connection with students of LI, distributed scholarship funds for attendees of summer programs, and worked as a representative and contact for incoming LI students.

Kyla is a very active member of her community, and works closely with local hospitals such as the world renowned Loma Linda Hospital to provide events and activities for pediatric cancer patients. She is also an officer of several clubs and organizations in her community, and works diligently to better the lives of those around her. Kyla is so excited to work with Leadership Initiatives to change lives around the world!

Kurt Hammen

Youth Development Programs Co-Research Director
Kurt Hammen

Youth Development Programs Co-Research Director

Kurt Hammen is a recent addition to the team at Leadership Initiatives. He was a participant of the International Leadership and Business Summit offered by Leadership Initiatives in the summer of 2017. Kurt has had prior involvement with Leadership Initiatives, being a member of an IBIP (International Business Internship Program) team.

Outside of Leadership Initiatives, Kurt is a high school Junior. An active member of the Boy Scouts, Kurt is currently helping to run NYLT, a summer leadership program for those in Scouting.

Kurt is looking forward to working with Leadership Initiatives, and is eager to help the program make the world a better place.

Nicole Kim

Multimedia Assistant Director
Nicole Kim

Multimedia Assistant Director

Since 2016, Nicole Kim has been with Leadership Initiatives as both a student and intern. During the past years, she has been participating in Leadership Initiative’s International Business Internship Program and was awarded the Empowering Women Scholarship to be able to attend the International Leadership and Business Internship Summit the past summer. Currently, she creates and maintains the organization’s websites and works with different IBIP teams from around the globe to enhance their experience with LI.

Nicole is also very involved in her school and community outside of Leadership Initiatives. She is an officer of numerous clubs at her school and is team captain of her school’s girls’ varsity golf team. In addition, she is the lead programmer and president of her school’s FIRST Robotics team: a team that works to inspire young people to be leaders and innovators through the use of science and technology. With a combination of her love of helping people and passion for technology, she aspires to make a positive impact in her own community and across the world.

Nicole is very excited to work with Leadership Initiatives to change lives and bring smiles to people’s faces.

Ashley Martin

Assistant Director of IBIP Business Solutions
Ashley Martin

Assistant Director of IBIP Business Solutions

Ashley Martin started off on an IBIP team as the College Assistance Chair, where over the course of over a year, she helped her team find the perfect college, apply for scholarships and talk to mentors in their career fields. She also attended the International Business Summit at Georgetown University in 2017 as a student and worked with an irrigation farming business. She became an intern at the end of the summer in 2017 and is currently the Assistant Director of IBIP Business Solutions. Ashley is currently a senior at Avon High School in Connecticut, where she is an active participate in her community. In addition, to Leadership Initiative, she also volunteers her time at Writing Center, Animal Welfare Club, and Relay For Life. She will be attending Saint Joseph’s University next year as a business major and she will also be running Division 1 cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track for SJU. Ashley is excited to be getting first-hand experience in the business career, by helping struggling small businesses in the Nigeria, while also changing lives across the globe.

Cristina Martin

Assistant IBIP Recruitment Director
Cristina Martin

Assistant IBIP Recruitment Director

Cristina Martin Ortiz is the second born in her family of four siblings and has been raised in Puerto Rico. Currently she is part of the graduating class of 2018 at Colegio San Agustin High School in Cabo Rojo, PR. Cristina plays volleyball, basketball and soccer. Her hobbies include reading, watching movies and going to the beach. At a very young age, she was introduced to politics and community service, something that has always been present in her life since then, and which she would further like to implement in her career. She is currently the President of the National Honor Society Chapter at her school, as well as an active member of the school’s “Pastoral” club, dedicated to offer religious retreats to the community.

Cristina has attended the Global Young Innovators Initiative Program, the Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit, as well as the International Leadership and Business Summit. She is also the Team Leader and College Assistant Chair for her school’s International Business Alliance Program team. This has help her grown as an individual, expand her knowledge and understanding of things as well as guide her toward her future career choice. Cristina is very excited and thankful to begin her work as the new Assistant IBIP and ILBS Recruitment Director.

Alexandria Murphy

Assistant YDP Recruitment Director
Alexandria Murphy

Assistant YDP Recruitment Director

Alexandria Murphy has been apart of Leadership Initiatives for a few years and is excited to be interning with them as the Assistant YDP Recruitment Director. She is a rising freshman in college, and recent graduate of Ravenscroft high school in Raleigh, NC. Alex is a very active eighteen year old, and keeps very busy inside and outside of the classroom. In school she is involved in musical theater, choir, varsity cheerleading, the National Mandarin Honors Society, acapella club, the National Honors Society, a tutor with Math NC, co-captain of the varsity softball team, and a SPEAK presenter and planner. SPEAK stands for students pursuing equality and kindness and is a program that is student led and put on for the high school. Alex was also one of the original founders of the SHE club, which stands for strong, healthy, and empowered. SHE spreads the message of gender equality across schools and communities. Outside of school, she enjoy modeling, scuba diving, pageants, and volunteering in the community. Alexandria had the incredible opportunity to live in Singapore for two years and began learning Mandarin. This experience inspired her passion for traveling, as she has visited six of the seven continents. A fun fact about her is all in one day she went snow skiing and rode camels in the desert. Alexandria looks forward to continuing her work with Leadership Initiatives this summer and in the future.

Jenna Osenbaugh

YDP Recruitment and Research Assistant
Jenna Osenbaugh

YDP Recruitment and Research Assistant

Jenna Osenbaugh is a Management major at Hult International School of Business and plans to attend law school shortly after graduating from Hult. Jenna is also a part of multiple school clubs including the Social Impact Club and the African Legacy Club.  She hopes to make positive social changes in her community, while also educating individuals about and advocating for the many countries of Africa. Jenna loves to travel, be exposed to new cultures and customs, and share her experiences with friends and family. She has volunteered in many fields including juvenile justice, child care, local zoos and many other organizations. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree, she hopes to be successful in law in order to improve the Juvenile Justice System and start a nonprofit herself. In her free time, Jenna participates in the Supergirls of San Francisco where she remains active around the city.  She has done yoga in the park, hikes on the beach, and picnics under the sun with strangers who have become friends.  Jenna loves to challenge herself and step out of her comfort zone in order to live life to its fullest potential by engaging in all types of social events.

Sanjana Pothugunta

IBIP Curriculum Assistant Director
Sanjana Pothugunta

IBIP Curriculum Assistant Director

Sanjana Pothugunta is a rising junior at Cox Mill High and is currently the media and college assistance chair in her IBIP team that has been helping her team’s partner, Ms. Obalohun, and her restaurant since the September of 2016.

As the Assistance IBIP Curriculum Director Sanjana helps identify aspects of the IBIP program that need improvement and obtains feedback from past, current and new students in the program and from parents through the IBIP Parent Council.

Outside of Leadership Initiatives, Sanjana is greatly involved in her school through Beta, peer tutoring, the National Art Honor Society and the Humanitarian Club. She is also the representative leader of Student Ambassadors and the Vice President and District Officer of HOSA.

She also volunteers regularly at various events in her community and organizes community outreach events with the elementary school to raise awareness about mental disorders. She also volunteers at the Levine’s Children Hospital, the Laurels and Havens (an assisted living center).

She participates in multiple programs with Leadership Initiatives, such as the International Business Internship Program and the International Leadership Business Summit this past summer.

Sanjana hopes to be able to contribute and help improve the experiences of the summer programs for all those attending and is excited to work with Leadership Initiatives in the Summer and to continue to help change lives.

Anika Salazar

YDP Assistant Site Director
Anika Salazar

YDP Assistant Site Director

Anika Salazar is currently a junior in high school. She is a straight ‘A’s honor student and is very responsible and hard-working. She has worked with Leadership Initiatives over a year. This is her first time working in a program like this one. She plans on pursuing a career in the business world, and is very grateful to be working with Leadership Initiatives to learn more about the field. She is proud to be working to support the aim of Leadership Initiatives which is to help others realize their potential and empower them to determine their own future.

Jacob Stewart

Youth Development Programs Assistant Director
Jacob Stewart

Youth Development Programs Assistant Director

Jacob Stewart originally was involved with Leadership Initiatives in 2016 when he attended one of that year’s programs. He later began his involvement as an intern in 2017 after that Summer’s International Leadership and Business Summit. Jacob is also apart of an IBAP team, with which was formed prior to his internship.

Jacob is currently a Junior at Central York High School. At his high school he runs cross country, plays tennis, and is apart of the choir.

Jacob has enjoyed his overall experience with Leadership Initiatives, and is overjoyed the see the program continue to grow and expand, as well as see all of those who have been impacted by LI. He is very excited to work with LI, and hopes that he can contribute to its impact on the world.

Grace Vollers

ILBS Solutions Assistant Director
Grace Vollers

ILBS Solutions Assistant Director

Grace Vollers has been working with Leadership Initiatives for almost two years now; first as an IBIP student but more recently as the Solutions Assistant Director for the International Business and Leadership Summit program as well. Over the summer of 2017, Grace worked as an intern for the ILBS program. She held a multitude of responsibilities ranging from organizing important inventory to helping coordinate student groups.

As an intern she has strived to create a more professional and efficient website for Leadership Initiatives. Grace works extremely hard to make sure that LI is the very best it can be. She is also working on projects that will hopefully raise tens of thousands of dollars to skill training for Nigerian business owner.

Outside of Leadership Initiatives, she has had experience working on a State Senate campaign and has does service projects in Panama and Senegal. Grace has a strong passion for learning about new cultures and developing her global citizenry, leading her to study three languages: Spanish, French, and Latin. She has won multiple awards for her commitment to languages. In the future she hopes to become a Foreign Service Officer working in American embassies around the world to continue to help people in need.

Grace is incredibly excited to continue working with Leadership Initiatives and looks forward to contributing to our global community through its programs.