SIFE is a non-profit organization that encourages the skills of leadership and teamwork by way of a cooperative relationship between higher education and local business and organizations. SIFE has chapters at more than 800 colleges in the United States, and more than 1400 colleges in 33 countries. It makes connections between what is learned in the classroom and real-world situations.
These are the Bronx campus SIFE team’s projects that will be presented at the national competition:
Making a Difference – At PS 132 in the Bronx they taught public school students the benefits of entrepreneurship, how to save money, and role-played a variety of business transactions with the students.
Get Paid – At Covenant House they taught adults to prepare their resumes, how to interview for jobs, and advised them in developing career paths.
Business Plan – They assisted a private citizen in launching his own screen-printing business from scratch. This included creating an effective business plan, advising on marketing, and establishing proper accounting systems.
Savings and Investments – They worked with the Virtual Enterprise program which includes ten Bronx high schools. They taught high school students about savings and investments.
Cupid in Business – At Concourse House in the Bronx they taught entrepreneurship, business, and marketing. Two women have since launched their own businesses.
Uganda Initiative – They advised an entrepreneur form Uganda who makes Kogere Baggs, to establish a market for her products, develop an advertising campaign, and create an effective web site. The web site is now reporting thousands of visits per month.