Notes from last week’s prison volunteers

Posted: July 25, 2013 by Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) in About PEP, Kickoff, PEP Events, Testimonials
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PEP Kickoff in the Gym

Thanks to the tremendous growth in our program, Class 20 Kickoff moved to the gym!

Last week, we had an amazing Kickoff for Class 20 inside the prison. Over 70 executives were able to help us welcome 105 men into “Tenacious Twenty.” We had so many people in attendance that we had to move the event out of the PEP room and into the gymnasium!

After introductions and some preliminary programming, the executives and participants dove into a few hours of one-on-one engagement. Both sides were encouraged to be open and authentic with the other, and the energy filled every corner of the gymnasium with a tremendous sense of hope, love and gratitude.

Here are a few comments from our executives’ feedback forms about the best thing that happened on the day:

“I was inspired by the PEP participants’ stories.”

“A new group embraced hope.”

“Establish personal relationships and make a difference in people’s life. Watch the glow and happiness in everyone’s faces.”

“Seeing someone that was scared to speak get the courage to do it.”

“Great men, great speakers, Holy Spirit present”

“Experience the unparalleled enthusiasm of the participants.”

“Seeing the sincerely and desire to change in the class 20 participants and the appreciation they have for the volunteers/execs. Made me want to come again.”

“First time coming to prison – making connections with all the PEP classmates was incredible and rejuvenating. Thank you!”

“Being inspired by the men and their variety of passions.”

“I loved being able to spend so much one on one time with the awesome men of class 20!”

“It was a blessing to connect with another human being at such a ‘real’ level.”

“Seeing guys genuinely filled with hope that their life and future can be transformed.”

“Having time to get to know new friends.”

“Experiencing the program and seeing the potential in the room. Thanks for helping people to have an opportunity to change and use their talents in a productive manner.”

“Saw a room full of opportunity and new beginnings.”

“Seeing men with a heart that believes a person can change.”

“I was able to get over myself and my issues and let God use me to encourage someone else.”

“Seeing this beautiful program and meeting these amazing men.”

Sounds pretty awesome, doesn’t it? Would you like to experience this??? Well, you can! Just go to www.PEP.org/RSVP to learn about our upcoming events and how you can join us.

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