Young teachers at Teach for America Summit in Houston

Young teachers at Teach for America Summit in Houston

Our graduates are generous not only with their money but with their time.

Earlier this week, several PEP Graduates spoke to teachers involved in Teach For America – Houston who were gathering in Houston for the annual Teach For America Summit. The event was hosted at KIPP Houston Public Schools, “a free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public school dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life.”

Our graduates were invited to share their life stories and encourage these young teachers to see the potential within their students. Attached is a photo of one of the groups of young people who joined us.

Having grown up in many of the neighborhoods where these teachers now work, our graduates can provide unique insights on the challenges that these teachers face with their students … particularly since a significant number of our graduates were first arrested as children.

Why do we ask our graduates to do this?

First, we believe that engaging our graduates in service to the community is a critical part of their own life transformation. Providing them with powerful opportunities to “give back” helps them to build one of the two critical pillars of PEP: a new identity.

They are no longer ex-felons or “takers” … they are givers. They are servant leaders. They are transformed men.

But the second reason that we do this is that it builds the second pillar of PEP … restored hope.

This second pillar does not simply strengthen our graduates; it fortifies their families and sustains their communities. Ultimately, by sharing their personal stories of redemption, our graduates are working to restore hope and offer a new identity to anyone who faces life’s most overwhelming challenges.

Your support of PEP makes this possible.


We love hearing about opportunities to engage our graduates as speakers. Are you a part of a faith community that would like to hear a powerful message about redemption and hope? Or are you involved in a civic group or business community whose members would resonate with a story about PEP graduates who overcame enormous struggles through hard work, dedication and entrepreneurship?

Thank you for joining our revolution!

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