Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement

The Phoenix Ivy Council prides itself on being actively engaged in the community. Below is an overview of the organization’s primary public service project that will have game changing impact on our community.

Quincea Social Enterprise – creating scalable social ventures designed to provide jobs and a sense of purpose for transitioning veterans and adults with developmental disabilities

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Quincea is the brainchild of the Ivy Council Social Enterprise Alumni Team (Ivy Council SEAT) who identified an urgent need to create  a series of economically self-sustaining social enterprise ventures employing persons facing barriers to employment in metro Phoenix.  The nonprofit social enterprise is developing purpose driven jobs for transitioning veterans, adults with developmental disabilities, and at risk youth. This innovative program has been supported over 50 dedicated, passionate alumni and community leader volunteers.  In turn, the Ivy Council has co-sponsored undergraduate and graduate social enterprise research fellows.  During 2017, ten  (10) undergraduate and graduate social enterprise research fellows from Arizona State, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Arizona have conducted best practices research studies and developed business plans related to further expansion of food, waste recycling and logistics social enterprise ventures.  The initial social enterprise businesses were launched in during the spring of 2016.

This economically self-sustaining social enterprise program, in conjunction with Green on Purpose, recently was recognized by Arizona Forward for their top Sustainable Communities Award that was sponsored by Vitalyst Health Foundation.  HonorHealth Foundation awarded Quincea Social Enterprise funding to expand its operations employing veterans and persons with developmental disabilities.  Numerous additional public and private collaborative partners are assisting with helping to expand operations.

To learn more about this initiative, please visit the website at Quincea.org