In recognition of their wide-ranging service projects, Marymount’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team brought home the first-runner-up trophy from a regional competition in Philadelphia this March.
SIFE is an international organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Participating students form teams and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life for people in need.
During the past year, Marymount’s SIFE team conducted financial literacy workshops; collected food and clothing for the Arlington Food Assistance Center, Bread for the City, and the Central Trinidad Food Pantry; raised funds to help purchase textbooks for an MU student with financial need; provided income-tax assistance to Marymount international students; and helped with MaasaiMade.org, a website created by students in the University’s School of Business Administration to sell crafts made by Maasai villagers in Kenya.
In addition, four Marymount SIFE team members traveled to Trinidad in January to conduct workshops for the Junior Achievement Program at the Seventh Day Adventist Primary School in Port of Spain. The lessons they presented focused on money management and business development.