Enactus: Much More Than Free Pizza

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I can’t say that I knew exactly what I was getting into when I showed up at the first Enactus meeting. In all honesty, my decision to go to this meeting was based mostly on the fact that pizza had been promised to all attendees. I had no clue what the mission of Enactus was, nor the extent of the club’s reach to local communities in the northwest Arkansas region and around the world. I came away from the first meeting feeling completely blown away by what this organization had done to better the lives of thousands!

I was thrilled by the proposition that I could be a part of this global team that worked to “empower people to improve their livelihoods in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable way” (Enactus Team Handbook 67). Initially, I didn’t know what half of those words meant, but over the past few months, I have been privileged to work alongside team members that have helped me establish a deeper understanding of this mission. We strive to empower others by clearly understanding their situation and challenges, so that we can then work alongside them in establishing an effective process to address these matters. We address threats to their livelihoods by considering everything from financial assets to human assets (these being skills, knowledge, abilities, etc.). Finally, even from the very beginning, we always have the end-goal of sustainability in mind. We desire to leave our project in the hands of the individuals who inspired us in the first place. Our project will become their project, their business, and their livelihood.

In just two months, I have learned more about how we should approach improving the lives of others through entrepreneurial action than I could ever have imagined. Being a part of Enactus has also given me the chance to use my abilities to contribute to a team that is working toward common goals. It is exhilarating to be able to use the knowledge gained from textbooks and lectures and put it to good use! I cannot describe the wonderful feeling of using what I learn to help better the lives of thousands through this global community of students, and I am so excited to see how many more lives we can positively impact in the coming months!

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Thea Brock, Current JBU student and a team member of the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter/Unilever project

 

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