Enactus|OU is a team of students who are dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and their communities through social entrepreneurship and innovation. Anyone affiliated with Ohio University can join in some capacity or another! We also are continuously pushing new projects through the pipeline and welcome anyone with a project idea.
On March 29th 2016, a team of four Ohio University students traveled to Washington D.C to participate in the Enactus Regional competition. The team consisted of Tommy Vetter (Freshman Entrepreneurship), Autumn Sprunk (Junior, International Business & Marketing), Lacey Rogers (2nd year, MPA) and Noha Al-Khalqi (Junior, HTC & MPA). Enactus is a world-wide student organization, which focuses on creating business projects that demonstrate a social impact on their community. The Enactus OU team presented our project— The Athena Mothers Initiative, which focuses on assisting single mothers under the poverty line through housing and job assistance. As part of the project, we applied for and received the Walmart Women’s Empowerment grant. We also had the opportunity to participate in a career fair. It was a great experience where the team got valuable feedback to help take the project to the next stage. If you are interested in learning more about the Athena Mother’s Initiative or becoming involved with Enactus, please reach out!
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Enactus is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Participating students form teams on their university campuses and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.
An annual series of regional and national competitions provides a forum for teams to present the results of their projects, and to be evaluated by CEOs and senior executives of leading multinational companies. National champion teams advance to the prestigious Enactus World Cup. In addition to the community aspect of the program, Enactus’s leadership and career initiatives create meaningful opportunities for learning and exchange among the participants as well as the placement of students and alumni with companies in search of emerging talent.
Project Name: Athena Mothers Initiative
Project Description: 46.3% of female-headed households in Athens County with children under the age of 18 are living below the poverty line. The main challenges that these women face include: difficulty finding housing, food, transportation, and affordable childcare.Athena Mothers Initiatives aims to create a co-housing community that would host single mothers and their children, allowing them to live in for a specific period of time. This space will allow mothers to collaborate together and empower each other. The facility will create an environment that is safe for the children and will allow the women to gain the skills and experience they need without worrying about housing, childcare, or transportation.
Goal: Address the plight of single mothers who are with little to no economic independence.
Target Group: Single mothers living in Southeastern Ohio seeking to find a job or improve their job skills.
Project Name: Preserving Our Future
Target Audience: Families in Need, Local Farmers, Unemployed
Project Description: Project Preserving Our Future aims to decrease food insecurity and food wastage in the Southeastern Ohio region by dehydrating surplus, locally grown fruits and vegetables for consumption during the cold winter months. The business model of this project is focused on collaborations between local non-profits, businesses and community members. The positive externalities of this project include optimum utilization of farm production, employment opportunities and healthier communities. Enactus OU successfully solicited funds from the Campbell Soup Company and General Mills to work with the Athens Community Food Initiative to raise money to help address local hunger.