DSU Enactus empowers others through SHEO
The Dakota State University student organization, Enactus, formerly known as SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise), embodies the spirit of community service by promoting the power a non-profit business can possess to inspire hope, create opportunity and improve lives to strengthen communities. The goal of Enactus is to assist students in becoming leaders in their communities by developing their business and leadership skills while promoting volunteerism.
“Students involved in Enactus have a unique opportunity to network with other students, faculty, staff and business executives to develop programs that empower others,” said DSU instructor and Enactus advisor, Derek Franken.
“It is a non-profit organization than runs strictly on donations from 400 of the Fortune 500 companies, as well as many other contributors. One huge benefit of being an Enactus member is that you have the opportunity to upload your resume for internships and job opportunities to the career marketplace portal that the companies that sponsor Enactus access for job placements.”
The most recent project the DSU Enactus group is participating in is SHEO, a soon-to-be non-profit, that was created by one of Enactus’ newest members, Aris Nance.
Nance, a business management major from Charlotte, N.C., brings with him his past experiences and educational endeavors, one of which is called SHEO. SHEO stand for Someone Helps Everyone and was developed in 2011 as a fundraiser/business project at a university in Tyler, Texas. In the beginning, the focus of the project was to help support a local college student and was meant to symbolize hope, love and Christ with the creation of survival bracelets. Two years later, the vision of SHEO has grown and evolved.
SHEO is now in the process of creating Survival Kits for men, women and children. These kits are comprised of outsourced materials assembled and shipped to agencies to disperse to their eligible clients. The kits represent short-term help for those who have been released from prison, homeless, runaway teens, single parents, and for individuals in special situations. The Survival Kits are made of things needed while living on the streets, such as a prepaid phone and phone card, first aid kit, national emergency numbers, free meal coupons, disposable underwear, hygiene kit, and educational resources. The kits are meant to give the recipients some hope when it is most needed.
“I would like to partner with others to help extend not only our reach, but the reach of all organizations involved,” stated Nance.
In coordination with Enactus, SHEO is able to shift the focus from helping its recipients for the short-term with the Survival Kits, to empowering them for the long-term. Working together, Enactus and SHEO are developing a plan called Project Transition. The details of Project Transition are still in the works, but it will provide a six-week program for people in the community to work, volunteer and take part in empowerment seminars that will provide them with long-term skills such as interview preparation, hygiene awareness, job placement, computer literacy, resume writing and financial awareness.
“I am excited to see what the future holds for Sheo in the community of Madison, hopefully everyone can get on board to help us in our mission.”
The goal of SHEO and Enactus is to raise $12,000 by January 2014 to get started with the creation of the Survival Kits. Nance hopes that with the help of local churches and other entities, SHEO will be able to reach out and help at least 200 recipients by April 2014.
For more information or to donate to SHEO, visit http://mysheo.org/changetheworld/ .
A few other volunteer projects the DSU Enactus group is participating in this year include assisting visitors to carry their pumpkins at the Hobo Marlin’s Pumpkin Train at Prairie Village, serving at the Domestic Violence Network “Tour of Tables” and “Laughs and Linguini’s” events, Laser tag, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), and the ever-popular Enactus Haunted House.
“Not only does Enactus create an opportunity for students to build their resumes, it gives them the opportunity to develop the best versions of themselves through volunteering and helping others, which in-turn builds integrity and character,” stated Franken.
Enactus is an international group located in 37 countries, at 1,600 Universities, with 62,000 students that have contributed 7,300,000 project volunteer hours into their communities. The DSU Enactus chapter has 21 student members who are excited about this year’s volunteer projects that will make a positive economic, social and environmental impact in the Madison area.
Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.
Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world.