Puerto Rico | In action since 2005
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:
Professor Luz Teresa Martinez
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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:
Team described in one word:
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.
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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.”
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