|Cal Poly Pomona's Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team returned to Pomona as victors after participating in a regional competition on April 14.|
The Cal Poly Pomona Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team returned to Pomona as victors after participating in the Los Angeles SIFE USA Regional Competition on April 14.
After presenting a report of their year-long community outreach projects to a panel of business leaders, the university's SIFE team was named a SIFE USA Regional Champion. The team will now advance to the national competition at the SIFE USA National Exposition, from May 22-24, in Kansas City, Mo.
During this academic year, the team developed 18 projects to meet definable needs within the Pomona community. For example, College Preparation Hour focused on high school seniors. SIFE created a two-sided, one-page laminated quick study guide for the youths. The front side of the page provided information on the benefits of going to college, financial aid and additional resources the students may need. Side two included tips on simple banking, starting a savings account and other financial resources available to high school students.
“Giving students the confidence to succeed by making them believe in themselves really makes a difference in our community,” says Kim Chhuor, the project leader and vice president of SIFE at Cal Poly Pomona.
SIFE is an international non-profit organization that mobilizes university students to create economic opportunity for others while discovering their own potential. It is active on over 1,800 university campuses in more than 40 countries.
SIFE teams create economic opportunities in their communities by organizing outreach projects that teach: market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial success skills and business ethics. Their projects are judged at competition on creativity, innovation and effectiveness.