Sept. 26, 2013
Flagler College’s National Champion Enactus team is traveling to Cancun, Mexico, to compete against 36 teams from around the world in the Enactus World Cup. The World Cup competition, which begins Sept. 30, brings together an international network of students, academic and business leaders to showcase how students used entrepreneurial action to create opportunity in their community.
“We’re very excited about the competition,” said Donna Delorenzo, co-advisor of Flagler College Enactus. “It’s a pretty incredible privilege to represent the entire country, as we are the only American college competing. It’s putting Flagler on an international stage, and it’s wonderful exposure for our students.”
Enactus teams present the impact of their programs in front of a panel of judges made up of business executives from top international corporations. Flagler won the U.S. National Enactus competition in May — the third time the team has been crowned national champions.
One of the highlights of their presentation was the Passport Pretzels project, a hybrid job-training program for St. Augustine’s homeless shelter, St. Francis House. Passport Pretzels is a business where shelter residents make pretzels and learn culinary skills that will get them certification in the food service industry.
Enactus also partnered with the St. Johns Juvenile Correctional Facility to create a cable certification program providing the opportunity for the youths to be certified in copper, telecommunications and fiber optic cabling. These new skill sets can help participants land a job that pays $15 to $50 an hour.
Enactus is an international nonprofit organization active on more than 1,500 university campuses in 39 countries. Enactus teams create economic opportunities in their communities by organizing outreach projects that focus on market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial skills and business ethics.