Winners of the Ernst and Young 2010 Your World, Your Vision Campus Competition are AnnouncedBy Malcolm Bohall on 2010-03-31 18:27:18
More than 60 colleges and universities had teams compete in the Your World, Your Vision Campus Competition , but only 3 prevailed to become the champions in each of the areas of focus for Ernst and Young LLP's corporate responsibility efforts: education, entrepreneurship and the environment. Students were to develop new ideas and submit proposals for programs that would help or make a difference in their communities, and the 3 winners were the University of Calgary, the University of Illinois and the University of Maryland, College Park. Each team won $10,000 to implement their programs and get their communities into better shape.
The University of Calgary had a team of 15 with a program titled EntrepreLEARN; the program is intended to teach high school students about entrepreneurship and conduct business in an environmentally friendly way. Students would then get a chance to develop their own ideas and market the ideas to their classmates and community for a chance to win a "Day in the life of a CA (Chartered Accountant)" opportunity in the EY Calgary office.
Seven members made up the team from the University of Illinois - their program was titled Sun, Dirt, Rain and Champaign. The programs was created to create a community garden in a low-income neighborhood where residents can rent plots of land to grow their own food, learn about gardening and improve the ecology and value of the community. Nearby elementary schools will also have access to these gardens for hands-on learning.
The University of Maryland, College Park's winning program was Project E.N.V.O.G.U.E--Educating, Nurturing, and Valuing Our Girls: Uplift and Empower -the team consisted of 6 students. This program targets 15-18 year old African-American girls in the Washington DC metro area to teach them about entrepreneurship first-hand with an online vintage clothing store they are building; they will also be assisted with college and scholarship applications.