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Review for Prison Entrepreneurship Program, Houston, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As a business owner, I volunteered to be a judge for the final pitch competition. Walking into a men's prison, I was more nervous than I expected. When the pitches started, I saw that the men presenting their business plans were much more nervous than I was. We were all trying something new that day and we were all scared by it.
Their enthusiasm and their pride were contagious. By the time we got to the big announcement, the room was filled with nervous laughter. Even the men who had not advanced in the competition were nervous for their friends. I was struck by how much gratitude these men showed for my time.
I had been a foster parent for 6 years and had 11 children come through my home. I already knew the power of listening to someone, giving them the benefit of the doubt, and being kind. I also knew that sometimes the the odds are against you and there are people who have no good choices available to them. I was inspired to see so many men wanting to take advantage of the opportunity to better themselves and their families.

Role:  Volunteer