Brazil | In action since 2014
When they learned that a number of team members have been touched by mental illness, the Enactus team at Federal University of ABC knew there was a meaningful opportunity to make a difference. After exploring more, they developed their Teia project with the goal of addressing employment and inclusion issues faced by those with mental illness. They partnered with NUPE, a local organization that offers support services to the mentally ill and had recently launched a series of business ventures for their beneficiaries to run so they could learn a new skill set and earn an income while building their confidence. The team developed workshops to complement each business focus, while offering personal attention to participants. After one year, revenue from the businesses has increased 90% and the team hopes to expand the program to other communities.
Proudest moment of the past year:
When we were chosen as one of the winners of the Ford College Community Challenge – we appreciated the recognition and invested the prize money in our projects
Biggest challenge from the past year:
Managing the size and scope of our Teia project, when we didn’t have enough members
How they're preparing for the WC:
We have organized teams to cover the important aspects like trip planning and presentation preparation
They're most excited about:
Meeting people that, even with different backgrounds, share our passion for making a positive impact in the world
Team described in one word:
After only four months in university, Verônica wisely realized that while the classroom education she was receiving was excellent, it would be even more valuable if she had an opportunity to apply in a practical way. So she started exploring different organizations on campus and came across Enactus. After learning more about them, she signed up and was selected. Since then, she has led the team’s Fazendinha project, which has won multiple awards while teaching her valuable new skills and experiences. As she prepares for Toronto, she hopes to learn new methods of project development, exchange ideas and share experiences with other teams, and celebrate the impact made in so many communities through entrepreneurial action.
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Walking across campus one day, Guilherme saw a poster for the Enactus team and decided to reach out and learn more. As he asked questions of current team members, he quickly realized that he’d found an organization that shared his values, an organization looking to make the world a better place in a sustainable. He now serves as Project Manager for their Teia initiative, and he credits the experience as giving him an opportunity for significant personal and professional development, from learning the kind of manager he wants to be, to keeping his team motivated in the early stages of the project. Looking ahead to World Cup, Guilherme hopes to have the chance to network, while being inspired by the innovative work being done around the world.
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