Ireland | In action since 2013
When a student on the Enactus team at DCU realized there weren’t any art education classes tailored for individuals with intellectual disabilities, the team saw an opportunity to act. Driven by the knowledge that the arts can serve as a vehicle for self-expression and confidence building, the team first connected with support organizations to determine how to best apply the model for the disabled. Next, they built awareness and support for the program on campus, and signed up volunteers to help facilitate classes. As the program continues to grow, they have added new topics like music and are excited about a new summer camp. They’ve already been working with one other Enactus team to replicate this model on their campus, and hope to take it across the country in the near future.
Proudest moment of the past year:
Winning the Best Society in a Charity/Civic Field Award at DCU’s Clubs and Societies Awards
Biggest challenge from the past year:
Finding the financial resources to fund our new initiatives
How they're preparing for the WC:
Holding weekly meetings at the Enactus Ireland offices to receive advice and guidance, as well as meeting with faculty advisors, the Alumni Office, and other stakeholders to improve their projects and presentation as best they can
They're most excited about:
Presenting their work to the world, while representing their school and country
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As Outgoing Chairperson, this Journalism major saw an opportunity to use her skills to build greater awareness for the team and their work, both on campus and in the community. Thanks to her hard work, the team was featured in local and national media this year, and they continue to build brand awareness on campus, which results in more students getting involved. With graduation quickly approaching, she looks back fondly on her three years of involvement, and is proud of how her team engages students with different backgrounds and experiences, seeing it as one of their strengths. In Toronto, she’s excited to represent her school and country, while making new friends and connections.
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In his first year, Mark won an entrepreneurship competition held by another society on campus, and was quickly approached by the Enactus team to bring his entrepreneurial spirit to their work. Two years later, this Finance major serves as Team Leader, overseeing the project teams and innovating their fundraising plans to ensure they have the resources needed for their initiatives. After attending the 2015 Enactus World Cup in Johannesburg, he’s excited to ensure next year’s leadership has a positive experience in Toronto. He’s also hopeful the team will make it to the final round of competition, and he’s looking forward to meeting new people.
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