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Small team, big result for USQ students

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Professor Marie Kavanagh with Enactus USQ team members Bridgette French, Jack Young and Michelle Beckett.

Despite being the smallest team at the 2017 Enactus National Conference and Competition, a group of USQ students has punched above its weight against universities across Australia.

USQ Springfield students Jack Young, Michelle Beckett (Commerce) and Bridgette French (Education) represented the USQ Enactus team at the national championships in Sydney earlier this month.

The group, which aims to transform lives through community outreach projects, took out the ‘Best New Team’ award for its presentation on the Cash2Grow program.

Enactus USQ president Jack Young is undertaking a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Business double degree and said he was proud of how the team members performed in their first tilt at the competition.

“Some teams had more than 30 people representing their universities so to come away with an award is an incredible achievement,” he said.

“We only decided three weeks before we went down that we were going to compete so a lot of hard work and effort was required to prepare our presentation and report.

“To be recognised with an award at the competition makes it all feel worthwhile.”

Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using entrepreneurial action to shape a better, more sustainable world.

Mr Young said Enactus teams from across the country turn out each year to present the outcomes of projects they have worked on all year through a written annual report, live presentation and question-and-answer session with a panel of judges.

He said the team had worked tirelessly on the Cash2Grow project, a financial literacy program which aims to prepare school students with the financial life skills they need after high school.

“Enactus has allowed me to learn and grow as an individual and apply what I have learnt in the classroom to develop real programs that have benefited real people,” Mr Young said.

“Along the way I have developed the kind of skills you can only gain from real life experiences, which will enhance my future career prospects.”

Faculty Advisor and USQ Professor Marie Kavanagh said the Enactus program is open to all USQ students who want to make a positive impact in their community.

“Students who are a part of Enactus not only develop graduate qualities, but also important life and employability skills, such as teamwork, leadership and communication,” Professor Kavanagh said.

For more information about the program, email marie.kavanagh@usq.edu.au.