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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

RKI letter from Tom Rawson.pngEvery year, thousands of people hear about PEP for the first time. Many are intrigued by the story, but are understandable hesitant about how they can get involved — after all, most of us spend more time trying to stay OUT of prison than finding a way to get in!

Here is a great letter from long-time PEP volunteer, donor and friend Tom Rawson. Tom is the CEO of RKI, Inc and he offers this letter for people who are unsure about whether or not they want to come to prison:

To potential executive volunteers:

I am a regular volunteer at the Prison Entrepreneurship Program in Cleveland, Texas.

PEP is a unique program that finds men in the prison system who are totally committed to changing their lives for the better, and gives them the tools (partly through the use of volunteers as examples) that they need to be successful in their transformation. The men go through an intensive MBA type training, and design a business plan for themselves to deploy, when they get out of prison.

This program works.

Ask any staff member of PEP for the latest amazing statistics.

Why volunteer? I’m very busy running my own business, and I don’t need things to keep myself occupied, but I am a regular participant at PEP volunteer opportunities.

Accepting the challenging to interact with these guys as they pull themselves up, and begin to build a positive future for themselves and their families, is a very highly stimulating and uplifting experience. It is one of the few things in life that you really do have to participate in to understand.

PEP changes lives for the better, both for the volunteers, and for the men participating. I urge you to treat yourself to an amazing experience, and at the same time help someone to have a chance to make themselves a peaceful and meaningful life.

I have never met anyone who wished that they hadn’t participated.

Sincerely,

Tom Rawson
CEO
RKI, Inc

PEP Pitch Day

PEP volunteers and participants reacting to the awesome new advisory board lineup. (We ARE pretty excited!)

Since 2004, the Prison Entrepreneurship Program has been guided by some of the strongest business minds to ever lend their time, talent and treasure to the nonprofit sector. We are particularly grateful for those who have served on our governing and advisory boards.

This group has included highly successful entrepreneurs, investors and politicians. It has also included lawyers, bankers and leaders from the corporate sector. And we are particularly grateful that it has always included men who first came to PEP as incarcerated men.

Together, these leaders are PEP’s ambassadors in the “free world.” They carry our message of hope out into the community, and their support is directly responsible for the ground-breaking results that PEP has delivered for the past eight years (see our 2011-2012 Annual Report for the full details of our impact).

PEP would like to welcome the following NEW members to our boards (see the full list here):

New National Advisory Board Members
New Houston Advisory Board Members
New Dallas Advisory Board Members
New Austin Advisory Board Member