Home country: Monrovia, Liberia
Activities: Student-run business, house captain
Cornelia won the ALA Leadership Award for first year students and has dreams of using her passion for law to affect meaningful change in Liberia.
A leader is someone who combines their personality, skills and talents with their passion to undertake a task with purpose that will impact the greater community. By this definition, I consider myself to be a leader.
My passion lies in impacting the lives of people and creating unique solutions for particular problems. I was in grade seven when I discovered this passion. My school had a problem where the delinquency of student was affecting their academic performance. Along with three of my peers, I founded an academic club on campus where the top students conducted tutorials for those who were struggling with specific subjects.
Since then, I have been passionate about driving new and innovative solution to problems I find around me. In my recent summer break back in Liberia I founded an organization called iMake A Change along with eight other local Liberian youths. iMake a Change is a youth-led initiative based on the “each one reach one, each one teach one” approach and seeks to promote in-school youth discussions and encourages young people to come up with targets and solutions to problems in their communities.
In the future, I intend to continue with my first major project which is the revamping of the economic community of West African states with the help of my fellow African Leadership Academy students.