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Graduation is the culmination of nearly six months of hard work by our participants, who were hand-selected from a pool of nearly 10,000 other men across the State of Texas to enter PEP.

PEP Class 21 Graduation
Friday, June 6th
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Cleveland Correctional Facility
(45 minutes North of Houston)

PEP is an entrepreneurial “boot camp” that requires graduates to complete over 1,000 hours of work while developing a complete business plan. In recognition of their accomplishments, graduates will earn a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Baylor University (learn more about these certificates here).You can learn more about the overall PEP program here.

Come ready to celebrate their accomplishments as these men open the next chapter of their lives!

To register to attend graduation, click here. PLEASE NOTE that we must have prior authorization for all guests; you can not gain entrance to the prison without completing an RSVP form and securing approval.

To see pictures from the last graduation event, click here.

Whether or not you can attend: Please share your best piece of advice, line of encouragement or favorite quote with our graduates! Click here.

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!

Britanie Olvera Austin TexasNearly 90 men walked across the graduation stage this past Friday … one of whom had been released from prison barely 24 hours earlier, but who returned to deliver his business pitch and walk across the graduation stage!

The celebration was joined by the largest crowd in PEP’s history: nearly 70 executive volunteers who had judged the Business Plan Competition that morning, another 50 volunteers who joined us for the graduation ceremony as well as nearly 300 family members. Together, we laughed, we cried, we gave thanks and we stood in awe of the tremendous transformation within the lives of Class “Noble Nineteen.”

One PEP Board Member, Britanie Olvera, summed it up best:

THANK YOU!!! Or Thank God—for putting this program into existence.. it’s such a delight!! I just am sorry I did not get to attend more events this class. Building a business if fine – but building new lives with people is way more important!  PEP is the best ‘environmentally friendly, heart impacting, good for your engine (mind) and carburetor (soul) on the planet’!  It’s  HI OCTANE and I love getting my tanks full of PEP…

Big news! National speaker Jeff Smith will deliver the keynote address for our Class 19 graduation. (If you would like to join us for free, click here)

As he shares in his TED talk (below), Jeff has a very intimate understanding of the need that PEP is addressing in the prison system.

Jeff Smith is Assistant Professor of Politics and Advocacy in the New School’s Urban Policy graduate program, a consultant on affordable housing policy and prison reform, and a frequent public speaker on ethics in politics. Jeff served in the Missouri Senate from 2006-2009 as the nation’s only white state senator from a black-majority district. He is a columnist for City and State and a contributor to The Recovering Politician, a popular new blog for former legislators. He has appeared on CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and Current, and has been profiled by NPR’s “This American Life,” Harper’s, The New Republic, and several other periodicals. He recently gave a TED talk (see here) on prison entrepreneurship, and has published op-ed pieces for CNN, The Atlantic, Salon, Inc., National Journal, Salon, Politico, New York Magazine, Buzzfeed, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Washington Examiner, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Graduation is the culmination of more than five months of hard work by our participants, who were hand-selected from a pool of nearly 10,000 other men across the State of Texas to enter PEP.

PEP Class 19 Graduation
Friday, June 7th
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Cleveland Correctional Facility
(45 minutes North of Houston)

Featuring a keynote address by former Missouri state senator (and inmate) Jeff Smith

PEP is an entrepreneurial “boot camp” that requires graduates to complete over 1,000 hours of work while developing a complete business plan. In recognition of their accomplishments, graduates will earn a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Baylor University (learn more about these certificates here).You can learn more about the overall PEP program here.

Come ready to celebrate their accomplishments as these men open the next chapter of their lives!

To register to attend graduation, click here.

To see pictures from the last graduation event, click here.

Whether or not you can attend: Please share your best piece of advice, line of encouragement or favorite quote with our graduates! Click here.

teddy bears

Sponsor a bear — only $15!

Class 18 will graduate on December 7th — and the members of “Extraordinary 18” are very excited that hundreds of their family members will gather to watch them cross the stage in a cap-and-gown.

For some, it will be their first time to ever see their children since they were incarcerated.

One of our special traditions at PEP is providing our men with a teddy bear that we purchase from a national retailer at a bargain price of only $15!!! Our graduates decorate the bears for their kids, and give them to the children as an outward symbol of an inner promise to never return to prison again.

Thankfully, past PEP graduates have already sponsored dozens of these bears. But are opening up this opportunity to the community this year so that each child in attendance at the graduation will receive a bear from their Father.

The cost to you is only $15 — but the impact on the child is beyond value.

If you would like to donate please email Info@PEP.org or go to http://pep.org/bears/.

Thank you for your support!

Uncle KevinDonors like you provide 100% of the funding that we need to run our program in the prison; we receive $0 from the government.

As an example, without including the significant costs of labor and other operational expenses, here is what we spend on each participant just to provide them with the basic program materials they need:
Entrepreneurship Textbook 82.50
Toastmasters Book 8.50
Financial Peace University Book 18.00
Men’s Life Book 3.50
Classroom Supplies 64.19
Event Supplies    118.31
TOTAL $295.00
This is $29,500 in books and supplies that we need to purchase for every 100 men in our program.

Will you sponsor at least one “Study Kit”
 with a gift of $295.00?
Or $82.50 to buy a new Entrepreneurship textbook?
Even a gift of $25.00 is enough to make an impact —
whatever you can afford, please make a gift today.

You can donate online at http://www.pep.org/action/donate.aspx.

Or, you donate by mail to:
Prison Entrepreneurship Program
Attn: Donation
P.O. Box 926274
Houston, TX 77292-6274

Thank you for your support!

Together, we are transforming inmates into successful entrepreneurs, stable citizens and loving fathers.