Mission: To stimulate positive life transformation for executives and inmates, uniting them through entrepreneurial passion, education and mentoring.
Results: 620 Graduates from 14 classes;
Return-to-prison rate of less than 10%;
For each 150 graduates we produce, PEP saves taxpayers an estimated $5 million in future corrections costs;
98% employment within 90 days of release;
85 released Graduates have started 70 new businesses since 2004;
Work with MBA students from 40 schools;
Provide volunteer experiences for more than 300 executive volunteers in and out of prison each year, and thousands since inception of the program.
Target demographics: Male inmates who have demonstrated a commitment to personal transformation;
Entrepreneurs and Senior Executives looking for meaningful ways to give back using their business experience;
Programs: Prison entrepreneurship program engages top business and academic talent to constructively redirect inmates' ambitions by equipping them with values based training in entrepreneurship; thus enabling them to productively re- enter society. This includes a five month business plan competition in prison and a range of post-release programs, including housing assistance, work readiness services, continuing education, executive mentoring and business start up assistance. During the current year,431 individuals participated in the program in houston, dallas and cleveland, texas.
operation of houston caleb house, llc, which purchases and operates property to be used as reliable housing available to ex-offenders upon their release. During the year, 95 individuals were provided housing.
I've had the great pleasure of being a volunteer and governing board member for PEP since 2005. I visited the Hamilton Unit initially because my wife and I were close to the founder, and we wanted to check it out to support her. What I've experienced has been so different than what I expected.
PEP does teach guys how to start and run a business, but it does so much more. It brings hope to men who often had little hope from the very beginning. It focuses on the person in developing self-awareness, social skills and spiritual well-being. It offers practical help on the outside getting a job, finding a place to live and (so importantly) building community. And none of what PEP does is about a free ticket hand-out. The organization does an outstanding job of carefully choosing men who are willing to invest in themselves and who want real change in their life. PEP will continue to invest only as long as the participants continue to invest.
PEP has provided an opportunity for me to become a more understanding, thoughtful and graceful person. I highly recommend taking a chance and going to prison to check out PEP's work. Like hundreds of volunteers before you, you'll be glad you did!
I served as a volunteer member of the Dallas Advisory Board from 2007 until 2012. I found the organization to be a remarkable change-agent in the lives of some of society's most broken lives, and always knew that my time, talent and treasure were invested well when I gave them to PEP.