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The following was written by our incarcerated participants. It was originally written for their families, but we wanted to share it with you so that you can get a glimpse of what we do inside of prison… from the perspectives of our participants!

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Week 10: Week in Review

Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International

Monday, March 10, 2014 — Toastmasters is evolving and competent speakers are emerging from the woodwork. The level of preparation from the speakers is increasing and the topics are vast and all-encompassing. This is coming from just the second round of speeches; once we reach the tenth round the metamorphosis will be astonishing. Everyone is doing great and the atmosphere is very relaxed as our bond of brotherhood allows us to speak comfortably to everyone present.

a9643c6b3146c8515bd2c53a38dc55b2Tuesday, March 11, 2014 — We have gotten into our groove with the entrepreneurship book. This is our second week in a row with a 90 test score average, a 92 to be exact for today. We have earned our namesake as Class “Triumphant” 21, for we are victorious and always prevail. We have almost reached the halfway mark of our class and I can’t help but think of the mantra for the Roman legions: “In Omnia Paratus,” which means “ready for all things.” By our actions we have proven that we are ready for all things and triumphant in everything we encounter.

Living in the Village by Ryan Mack

“Living in the Village” by Ryan Mack

Wednesday, March 12, 2014— Brian T. has been giving us tons of useful and beneficial information from our readings from Living in the Village. The importance of saving and investing becomes clearer and clearer as our studies progress. I know that we will take the information learned here and apply it all in our lives upon our release. The arsenal of new information we have gotten ensures only one thing: success!

Thursday, March 13, 2014 —We spent a majority of the day engulfed in educational videos. At the end of the day we had Pat M. and Marcus H. give us encouraging words which always recharge our batteries and prepare us for whatever comes our way. An important fact that Pat brought to our attention was that in a few months we will not graduate, instead we will go through a rite of passage. A graduation signifies finality; a rite of passage represents but a single step in a long journey through life.

Friday, March 14, 2014 — Today was a special movie day, as we were able to watch The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete. This was one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. I got caught up in the characters and their struggles to survive. It kept me guessing all through the movie as to what was going to happen next. In some way, form, or fashion all of us could relate to something that transpired on the screen.

Check out this trailer from the film here:

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It’s nice to see the variety of fruit starting to manifest in Class 21 from all the seeds that PEP and all our brothers have been planting. Keep up all the good work, brothers!

National financial expert Ryan Mack, author of Living in the Village and President of Optimum Capital Management, recently visited the Prison Entrepreneurship Program in Houston, Texas. After both teaching a three-hour class in prison and meeting some of the program’s released graduates in the “free world,” Mr. Mack offered this endorsement of PEP.

amerisource fundingIt is official!

Thanks to the lead sponsorship from Amerisource Funding, our 2012 eSchool Graduation is officially sold out!

At this graduation, we will honor over 30 men who began transforming their lives while still behind bars through PEP‘s in-prison Business Plan Competition. After their release, these men reestablished their lives in the free world and dedicated themselves to continuing their education through our weekly Entrepreneurship School (eSchool) in Dallas and Houston. We are now celebrating their completion of this second step in their journey from inmate to entrepreneur.

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Ryan Mack, author of “Living in the Village” and frequent contributor to CNN, BET and others. You can learn more about Ryan Mack here.

Thank you to our event sponsors!

Lead Investor
Amerisource Funding

Venture Capitalists
The Energists
Stellus Capital Management
Judy & Jon Goodale

Angel Investors
RKI*
Accenture
Alex Anaxagoras and Genie Erneta
DFS Worldwide
Marcia & Bill Frank
JITA Printing
Silver Fox Advisors
Pam & Phil Rundle
* Purchased two tables

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Learn more about the event at http://pep.org/eschool/

Prison Entrepreneurship Program Announces National Financial Expert
Ryan Mack to Deliver Keynote Address at Graduation Ceremony
The author of “Living in the Village” will speak to a crowd of executives,
entrepreneurs and former inmates this October

Houston, August 20, 2012 — Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP), a business boot-camp that teaches qualified Texas prisoners real-world business skills, announces that national financial expert Ryan Mack, author of Living in the Village and President of Optimum Capital Management, will deliver the keynote address at the organization’s 2012 eSchool Graduation Dinner, presented by Amerisource Funding.

“Mr. Mack brings a message that strongly complements PEP’s mission to transform tax consumers into contributing members of society,” says Jason Floyd, Managing Director of Amerisource Funding. “We are honored to bring him to Houston to help us celebrate the accomplishments of PEP’s graduates.”

Mr. Mack can be regularly viewed on television networks such as CNN, CNBC and BET discussing economic issues that impact American citizens. After his presentation, diplomas will be presented to over 30 graduates of PEP. These men are former inmates who began transforming their lives while still behind bars through participation in PEP’s financial literacy training, character development programs and business plan competition.

“After their release, these men reestablished their lives in the free world and dedicated themselves to continuing their education through our eSchool (Entrepreneurship School) program that meets every Tuesday evening in Dallas and Houston,” explains Bert Smith, CEO of PEP. “We are now celebrating their completion of this second step in their journey from inmate to entrepreneur.”

The event will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at Houston’s Downtown Club at Plaza.

ABOUT PRISON ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM:

Established in 2004, Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) is a Houston-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are servant leaders on a mission to transform inmates and executives by unlocking human potential through entrepreneurial passion, education, and mentoring. Our groundbreaking results include a return-to-prison rate of less than 5%, employment rate of 100% within 90 days, and the successful launch of more than 100 businesses. For more information, visit www.PEP.org.

About Amerisource Funding:
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Houston, Texas, Amerisource is one of the largest and fastest-growing independent commercial finance companies in the country.  Amerisource provides working capital financing and outsourced receivables management to small and middle market companies with financing needs from $50,000 to $10,000,000.  Core products include asset-based lending revolvers, accounts receivable factoring, seasonal bank “over-lines”, outsourced A/R, credit and collections management, debtor-in-possession (“DIP”) financing, trade finance for importers, and export factoring. Amerisource also provides portfolio management and servicing for banks through its private label program America’s Back-Office for LendersTM, portfolio acquisitions and liquidations.  For more information, visit www.amerisourcefunding.com.