YSU Enactus wins grant, donates computers to Beatitude House

YSU's 2014-15 Enactus officers.

YSU’s 2014-15 Enactus officers.

Enactus, a student entrepreneurship group at Youngstown State University, is using proceeds from a $1,500 grant to donate four laptop computers to the Beatitude House in Youngstown.

Presentation of the computers will be 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the Beatitude House, 287 Lora Ave., in Youngstown.

Enactus, based in the YSU Williamson College of Business Administration, meets on campus bi-weekly and offers the opportunity for students to develop entrepreneurial skills and to serve the community. Beatitude House is a nonprofit nondenominational corporation of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown that addresses the needs of disadvantaged women and children.

Enactus Faculty Advisor Donna Walsh and Enactus President Corey J. Patrick applied for and received the $1,500 grant through the Enactus/Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment Project.

enactus_logo_detailEnactus won the grant for its volunteer efforts in offering financial empowerment training sessions to the women served by the Beatitude House. Topics covered in the training sessions included: Understanding Financial Abuse, Learning Financial Fundamentals, Mastering Credit Basics, Building Financial Foundations, and Creative Budgeting Strategies. The training sessions were conducted again this spring.

The computers will help women served by the Beatitude House to explore and apply for jobs, complete their GED, and pursue further educational opportunities. The computers were purchased from Walmart Store #1568 in Hermitage, PA, which donated product care plans for each computer.

Enactus students involved in the project are Corey Patrick, Gianna Centofanti, Jacob Powell, Margie Lateef, Carissa Sechrist, Mirna Tatic, Julian Rosales, Evan Richards, Jenna Loader, Nicole Pilolli and Madeline Grimes.