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The following was written by PEP Class 20 graduate, Jose M. 


PEP Graduate Jose M.

PEP Graduate, Jose M.

Because of PEP and the Ten Driving Values, I am a new man.

As a teenager and a young man, I was a very lost individual. How I became the person I am today is largely due to the program and the tools given to me while incarcerated, to apply to my life on the inside and once released. I started off as a troubled person with no respect or values, but now I have a plan, and I have respect for society and others.

I initially thought PEP was a business program, but eventually I learned it was much more than that. I was skeptical at first, but like others, I began asking questions around the unit about the program. I heard that it was family-oriented and heavily involved in repairing broken homes. I latched onto it for that reason because I love my family very much and was tired of hurting them.

While in class, I learned business skills, which was great. But most importantly, I learned how to identify my character flaws in the Effective Leadership training and through a number of character assessments from my peers. I also learned that I had talents and that I actually had something to contribute to the world. We were given etiquette lessons that taught me how to conduct myself in a number of circumstances. Once released, I was also given the opportunity to continue learning in our eSchool classes. Upon completion, I was given the status of alumni, and in September of this year, I will receive my second diploma from PEP.

We have been given so much by PEP to guarantee our success in the real world. I have been gainfully employed since within a few days after my release, and I am now enrolling into courses to finally complete my college degree. I am closer to my family than I have ever been, and my whole thinking process has improved greatly. I owe so much to PEP. Thank you for opening my eyes and restoring confidence in myself. I know that as long as I work hard and remain positive, I will be successful.

I continue to participate and involve myself when I can to give back. I and others see that I’m a changed individual, and for that, I want to thank everyone involved in the program. It has been a life-changing experience.

Jose M.
Class 20

Prison Entrepreneurship Program Class 20 Graduation PhotoThe final photos from PEP’s Class “Tenacious” 20 Business Plan Competition and Graduation are now available!

You can see all of the galleries here.

You can see the new gallery of Business Plan Competition photos here.

You can see the new gallery of group shots with our executives volunteers here.

Thank you!

Phillip D, PEP Graduate and Winner of the Class 20 Business Plan Competition

Phillip D, PEP Graduate and Winner of the Class 20 Business Plan Competition

On Friday, December 13, 2013, over seventy men walked across the graduation stage at PEP. Among them stood the 1,000th graduate to earn a PEP diploma!

Please take a moment to celebrate this momentous occasion by looking through the family portraits with the graduates. Hundreds of family members were joined by a large group of PEP’s executive volunteers who were there to cheer for the graduates of Class “Tenacious” 20! Several of these volunteers serve as “honorary family members” for the men whose families did not attend the ceremony.

See the first round of photos here:
http://prisonentrepreneurshipprogram.zenfolio.com/class20grad

This week in prison, Class 21 also completed our Prep Class (the precursor to the full Business Plan Competition that they will start next month). We also completed our “peer panels,” the final evaluations of prospective Class 22 participants. These evaluations are conducted by PEP’s graduates who are in the “servant leadership” phase of their work with PEP … sowing back into the program as our volunteer leaders before they are released from prison.

Class 21’s Kickoff is on Friday, January 24, 2014 from 11:30 am – 5:00 pm. If you would like to join us, please register here.

See you in prison!

Thanks to the incredible support of people like you, the Prison Entrepreneurship Program will celebrate its 1,000th graduate next week. We would love to have you join us!

Class “Tenacious” 20 Graduation
Friday, December 13, 2013
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Cleveland Correctional Center
901 E 5th Street
Cleveland, TX 77327-3416

If you are interested in joining us, please let us know by clicking here. Or, contact Al Massey.

Class 20 Pitch Day at the prison entrepreneurship program

click to see the full photo gallery

Our photos from Class 20’s Pitch Day are now posted on Zenfolio! See them all here.

Thank you to the many executive volunteers who made this our largest Pitch Day event yet!

PEP Graduation in Prison

This December 13, 2013 will mark a a major milestone for the Prison Entrepreneurship Program. On that day, we will watch our 1,000th graduate cross the stage and receive a PEP diploma.

Your support made this possible.

We would love for your to join us that day in prison for the Class 20 Graduation! You will not only see over 80 members of “Tenacious Twenty” earn their Certificate of Entrepreneurship from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, but you will be able to meet their families and loved ones.

Friday, December 13, 2013
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Cleveland, Texas
(45 minutes north of Houston)

To register, go to www.PEPrsvp.orgThis site provides directions and logistics about the event

See you in prison!

I Flip for PEPLots going on this week at the Cleveland Correctional Facility … including the launch of Class 20 of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program!

Today, we host our Internal Kickoff event. Most of the nearly 110 men who are entering PEP have been connected to us for months, including our three-month “Prep Class” called Principles of Effective Leadership. 

Today’s event is a celebration of their entrance to PEP with our staff and graduates from past classes. The event that is decidedly NOT like the typical prison experience, as the room is decorated for a party and the atmosphere is one of fun, fellowship and hope!

This is all in preparation for our official Kickoff on July 19, 2013. You can learn more about this event, and register to attend, here:
http://www.pep.org/rsvp/rsvp/

You can also see photos from the last class’ kickoff event here:
http://prisonentrepreneurshipprogram.zenfolio.com/c19kickoff

This week also marks the two-week countdown towards our fundraising campaign. As we announced a month ago, we received a challenge grant of $100,000 that will match EVERY DOLLAR that you donate between now and our July 19, 2013 kickoff.

Your gift of $100 will instantly become $200 through this campaign.

To learn how you can double your impact, please visit our campaign site:
http://pep2013.causevox.com/

Together, we can transform prison!