Native Sugar Lander Dalton Lytle, attended Kempner High School class of 2008, and has been making an impact while at college. Lytle attends Texas State University – San Marcos where he joined the McCoy College of Business student organization Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). SIFE is a project-based organization that has provided the opportunity for Lytle to be involved in “Project Growth” located in Austin.
Project Growth is a project that Texas State SIFE students created to help and teach high school students once a week at Garza High school. Project Growth benefits the students of Garza High School by providing them with knowledge SIFE students have learned while attending McCoy College of Business. Project Growth is divided up in two pieces: teaching and hands-on participation. Lytle, along with other SIFE students, teach topics such as marketing, operations and finance to the students so they can take what they have learned from the classroom and use towards their school’s student business “Garza’s Gardens”.
Garza Gardens consists of different crops grown on Garza’s campus. Texas State SIFE members also help develop and maintain the gardens and greenhouse on campus, so Garza students can sell their products from the gardens at a local farmers market in Austin. The student’s main seller at the farmers market is mint, grown from the gardens. Besides making a difference in the school’s student business, Project Growth also helps teach the students things that will benefit them in the long run. Lytle has done a presentation to the class on ethics in hopes that the students will graduate with more of a conscious on what is ethical behavior. Lytle has also helped the students develop resumes; and mentored the students to understand the importance of good credit and how debt works.
SIFE offers these students the opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise, thereby improving the standard of living for millions in the process. Project Growth was one of the many projects that Texas State SIFE students participate in, and a reason why Texas State SIFE students are the 2011 USA National Champions and ranked Top 16 in the World.
If you would like to learn more about SIFE please visit the SIFE website, http://www.business.txstate.edu/sife/ or contact Sam Walton Fellow, Vicki West at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-245-3224, SIFE President, Lauren Roig at email@example.com or 832-443-1376, or Dalton Lytle at DaltonLytle@txstate.edu or 281-702-1023