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The University of Houston’s newspaper, “The Daily Cougar,” recently ran an article about the university’s students involvement in PEP. You can see the article online here, but it is also included below.

Students in the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship in the C.T. Bauer College of Business have been volunteering for years at the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, an entrepreneurial extension of the Texas Prison System, which has graduated more 800 inmates.

Through the Business Plan Advisor Program, MBA students volunteer to teach inmates how to write business plans and pursue their own entrepreneurial ventures.

“This is a remote volunteer program through which MBA students can receive business plans being developed by incarcerated participants in our program,” said Jeremy Gregg, the chief development officer at PEP. “The students provide feedback on the plans and help with market research.”

This outreach program at the Wolff Center is recognized for impacting and transforming the lives of inmates and volunteers.

Al Massey, UH alumnus and executive relations manager for the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, is an example for both volunteers and inmates.

While he was in prison serving a six-year sentence for intoxication manslaughter, he was recruited to participate in the program. After graduating, he stayed on as a peer educator until he was granted parole and released in May 2010. Shortly after, he began working at PEP and has demonstrated how people can be remembered for their positive actions.

Character Assessment

“We can all make mistakes when we take risks, and in my first 55 years of life I never thought I would be incarcerated,” Massey said. “PEP changed my character and made me the person that God meant for me to be by making me look at my faults.”

Any student Bauer who is interested in serving the community while gaining both teaching and entrepreneurship experience can look into the opportunity to volunteer through the Wolff Center.

“By being a business plan advisor or by volunteering in other areas with this program, students can help these men realize they are significant,” Massey said. “We cannot be the world to everyone, but we can be the world to one person. By volunteering, students can touch someone’s life and be the world to that person.”

PEP graduates Al Massey and Charles Hearne will be interviewed on Channel 13 in Houston THIS MORNING, 9/8 at 11am CST. The program is City View — tune in or set your DVRs!

Houston radio host Michael Barry talks with Al Massey, a graduate from the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, about giving people a fresh start. Check it out!

pep softballWe are putting together a PEP Softball Team in Houston and we need your donations (especially your old softball equipment)! We also are looking for people to attend our games and cheer for us.

This is going to be a great way to build community among our released graduates while getting them more involved in their community, so your support will really make a difference.

Our first games are in July, when we join the City League (including a tournament on July 20).

PEP graduate Marcus Hill is printing the team’s shirts — and on the back, their jersey number will be the Class that they graduated. The whole team will consist of released PEP graduates and will be coached by Marcus and myself. Please contact me if you are able to help us … we would love to have you join us to watch the games and cheer for us!

Al Massey
Executive Relations Manager

PO Box 926274│Houston, TX 77292
Mobile: (281)-881-579