• University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon

    Puerto Rico | In action since 2005

  • 35Students involved

  • 3Past WC appearances

Project Highlight:

Possible

Spurred by the island’s ongoing economic crisis and overwhelming debt load, our Enactus team in Puerto Rico developed a program to teach entrepreneurial skills to students in public schools. Team members noted the lack of jobs and business opportunities in Puerto Rico as well as a general mindset that encourages many people to seek work with government agencies or corporations rather than in their own businesses. To change that, the team worked with more than 40 entrepreneurs and designed a public-school program to prepare the next generation to bring business ideas to fruition.

Impact(s): 8 new businesses started; 16 jobs created

What’s next: In five years, the team believes Possible and its whole entrepreneurial platform will be used not only in all of Puerto Rico but will be replicated and adapted to economic needs in the Caribbean.

 

This project advances these key Global Goals:

              

Team Profile:

Faculty advisor(s):
Professor Luz Teresa Martinez

Volunteer hours invested in project:
1585

Our proudest moment of the past year:
Seeing all of the houses constructed, painted and occupied by the members of Comunidad Esperanza, Amor y Paz.

Biggest challenge from the past year:
Time management.

Team described in one word:
Empowerment.

Get to Know Us:

As a newcomer to Enactus three years ago, Paola says she was shy and lacked confidence— yet she yearned to help others. “[Enactus provided] the perfect opportunity to give back to the communities in my country but also develop myself in character, public speaking and networking to get out of my comfort zone,” she says. Since then, she’s developed the leadership skills to serve as vice president and manager of the Possible project. “Now I am able to give presentations to new entry students, our teammates and to CEOs of different companies in Puerto Rico,” she adds. A marketing/management major, she plans to graduate in May 2018.

More about Paola:

  • What I’m reading: “#GIRLBOSS,” by Sophia Amoruso
  • Theme song: “Que Suenen los Tambores,” by Victor Manuelle
  • Who inspires me: [Model/activist] Ashley Graham
  • Enactus in one word: Empowerment.
  • Best Enactus moment: “Hearing [students] Abniris and Yan … say, ‘Thanks, Paola, for teaching me all about being an entrepreneur—that following my passion can transform a business opportunity and that I can help my mom at home now.’”
  • In five years, I …” will have finished my master’s in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and will be working in the marketing department of a local makeup company.”

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One year ago, Christian heard other Enactus team members discuss the Global Goals for Sustainable Development during a presentation in one of his classes. “It was very inspiring,” he says. From there on, I had to be involved in all of the team’s initiatives — and I was.” Now as team president, he finds it difficult at times to be “the person who guides everyone through the year,” adds Christian, a marketing major who plans to graduate in May 2019. “To overcome this challenge, I seek advice from the previous leaders and my mentor.”

More about Christian:

  • What I’m reading: “The Land of Stories,” by Chris Colfer
  • Theme song: “Roar,” by Katy Perry
  • Who inspires me: Steve Jobs
  • Enactus in one word: Prosperity.
  • Best Enactus moment:” Seeing the families of our project Comunidad Esperanza, Amor y Paz enter their new houses and witnessing their joy and love for their new home.”
  • In five years, I will be … “finishing my master’s degree in Neuro-Marketing. Also, I will have traveled to at least to 10 countries and gained new knowledge.”

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