Three projects dedicated to helping lift up others have advanced Flaglerâ€™s Enactus team to the national Enactus competition. This yearâ€™s projects reflect the teamâ€™s theme of â€œThe Human Elementâ€ â€” an homage to the inspirational individuals Enactus serves.
â€œThe Human Element theme helps us not only discover what things are made of, but what we are made of,â€ Reppin said. â€œWe really focus on asking, â€˜How did we improve the livelihoods of the people weâ€™ve worked with and how have we helped others achieve their goals?â€™â€
â€œDominican Waves,â€ the first project, is a soap business that Flaglerâ€™s Enactus will be launching, in collaboration with the Dominican Development Group in the Dominican Republic to help local community members become financially sustainable. The second is a business incubator project with the West Augustine Community Redevelopment Area (CRA), where Enactus students help individual residents learn business basics, start a business or improve job skills. And the third is the continued involvement in the successful College Reach-Out Program, now solely managed by Flagler College.
Reppin and 17 other Flagler students look forward to competing in the Enactus United States National Exposition in mid-May â€” a coming together of the countryâ€™s top entrepreneurial project-driven Enactus students. The competition will be held this year in St. Louis, Mo.
Flaglerâ€™s Enactus, one of 533 Enactus teams across the U.S., has won national titles for their projects in 2004, 2009 and 2013. The organization aims â€œto empower people to transform opportunities into real, sustainable progress for themselves and their community.â€
Flaglerâ€™s chapter, which began in 1998 and currently has about 40 members, created Flaglerâ€™s Legacy, a thriving tour business on campus.