Accountability

We believe that without accountability, neither our participants nor the executives with whom we work will be changed by the program. We will do everything in our power to help the participants succeed in life, but we provide only opportunities and tools; participants must want to change. Consequently, PEP only commits time and resources to those who demonstrate a desire to help themselves. PEP enforces a “no wiggle room” accountability program with participants.

PEP volunteers and employees will likewise be held to a high standard of accountability, being required to take ownership of their initiatives and follow through with their commitments.

The Driving Value that most applies to me is accountability, because I have to hold myself accountable for every decision or choice I make before I act on it. Being accountable will help me become a better man, husband, father and a family member. Living out that value will keep me out of prison and stay out! – Arturo C

 

Accountability is one of the 10 Driving Values that I feel is most important. With this value, you are capable of change because every time you happen to go back to an old habit, there will eventually be a brother right there to correct you and lift you up. Without accountability, all of us would have had a very hard time transforming our character. One thing I love even more is the building up of my character in order to help someone else be someone better. We as people can change every day either for better or worse. But it’s up to us to choose if we want that change or not. Accountability is what keeps the world stable; without it, there would be chaos. This is why I recommend that each of my brothers takes the accountability process seriously. This is what accountability means to me. – Joel B

 

Accountability is being able to take responsibility for your own actions. It is also holding others to do the same. When you are holding yourself and others accountable, you are telling a person to be a leader by admitting your mistakes and accepting the consequences of your actions. Accountability is one of our Driving Values that tells you to stand up and be a man.  – Melvin B

 

Accountability is the number one Driving Value in my life. It was the hardest one for me to implement, and I still have to focus on it daily to make sure I hold myself to the correct standards of behavior. In my past, I had zero accountability and very few people around me who were willing to correct me if I was doing wrong. Thanks to God, I found PEP, which has stressed the need for accountability in my life and provided me with a support system of people I can surround myself with that will help keep me on the straight and narrow. – Christopher M

 

Excellence


We are dedicated to pursuing excellence in every area, despite the difficulties which arise from setting high standards. We seek to work with and learn from the best of the best. We are dedicated to developing excellence in leadership throughout our organization—leadership of projects, ideas and the promotion of our 10 Driving Values. PEP is committed to working with people and organizations who share our values and mission.

I believe out of all the 10 Driving Values that PEP has taught me, Excellence is the one that I most apply in my everyday life. I try to put in 110% effort in everything that I do. I think what gives me that kind of work ethic is my mom telling me when I was growing up that “If you do it right the first time, you won’t have to do it again twice.” So I try to do everything “right the first time,” in love and memory of my dear mother, Angel Allen.  – Morris A

 

It is so important to me to understand my thoughts concerning everything I do. I have to strive to do the best I can at everything I attempt. There is no such thing as “try” in my vocabulary anymore. Trying is just a way to fall short of what I set out to do. To fail is not an option, so I must excel at everything I attempt to ensure success. – Raymond B

 

I chose excellence as my favorite Driving Value, as well as the value that applies to me the most.  I truly believe in the importance of this value for both short-term and long-term prosperity.  When you strive for excellence in everything you do, you encompass the rest of the 10 Driving Values because you are striving to be the very best version of yourself each and every day.  When you are living your life as the best version of yourself you become a Servant-Leader leading to see others succeed – you live selflessly, not looking to gain a following but rather you aim to create leaders; you act out of Love in everything that you do; you have Integrity; you are a Wise Steward of your time, money, family and friends; you hold yourself and others Accountable out of Love; you are Fun to be around; you have a Fresh-Start Outlook for yourself and others, so you give others a second chance; you Execute everything you do to the fullest; and you find Innovative ways to challenge yourself to become better and make those around you better.  That’s the importance of Excellence. If everyone held themselves to a standard of Excellence, this world would be a better, much more beautiful one to live in. Have a Blessed day J – Basil H

 

Excellence is my favorite Driving Value. PEP’s definition says, “We are dedicated to pursuing excellence in every area, despite the difficulties which arise from setting high standards. “ To me this is very important, because it is imperative always to understand and do the best you can, consistently, and to set your goals high. In doing this you will always have room for improvement, because if you set the standards low you will be able to accomplish the goal and then can become complacent. Always strive to be the best that you can be so it becomes both repetitive and second nature to practice excellence in all that you do. I’m going to end this with a quote from one of my favorite people, Aristotle, who said, “Excellence then is not an act, but a habit. Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We are what we repeatedly do.” – Ernest E

 

My favorite Ten Driving Value would probably have to be excellence. I am a big advocate of doing everything to the best of your ability and taking the time to do it right. So many times in life people rush to get through the task that is currently at hand, and often they end up taking more time to fix their mistakes that they made because they rushed. I’m real big into fitness, and this is defiantly a Driving Value that I implement when lifting. With weightlifting, you achieve more results if you slow every lift down and focus on what muscles are working to move the weight. Excellence will help everyone in all walks of life achieve so much more. The philosopher Aristotle once said, “We are what we continuously do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit. My wish for you would be that you make it the habit to always strive for excellence in all that you do. Remember, its’s what you do today that counts. – Wray R

 

My desire, my discipline and my will describes Excellence and myself perfectly. Everything that I do, I do to the best of my ability. I perform like it’s my last performance. I put 100% effort into every aspect of my life, and I will die trying while I’m at it. I won’t settle; I won’t give up. When I look at life, I see it as an obstacle and how I am going to overcome it, because I only see victory. I love being able to execute and go above and beyond normalcy. Mediocracy is nowhere to be found in my blood or my path. I will do whatever it takes to be the best at what I do because if I don’t, then someone else will. In life, you either win or you learn. You never lose unless you quit! I’ve quit life before and know exactly how that feels. I promise that I will NEVER feel that pain and darkness ever again on my own accord. To get to the very top of where you want to be, whether its yourself, your friends, your craft, your career, your marriage, your path or your LIFE, EXCELLENCE must be your mindset. Most importantly, you have to be an Excellent son, lover, friend and human being to everyone in this world and wonderful universe. I hope to share my never-ending Love and my purifying Excellence with you! – Sage K

 

Execution


We place an emphasis on execution—the ability to get things done. We expect to deliver outstanding and timely results. Big thoughts don’t matter if they are not turned into action. Self-discipline is a core element of our organization’s culture. We sweat the small stuff. We hire people with a strong track record of successful execution.

Execution is by far the best in my eyes.  For me, each and every day I strive to accomplish goals that I set.  By being on time, completing tasks and being my brother’s keeper, I have seen a change in myself and my surroundings.  Execution to me is a vital part of being a true leader. – Anthony B

 

Execution is the best value that describes me. Without execution, we will never be successful and execute the goals we set for ourselves. A wise man once told me that the average person thinks of two million-dollar ideas in one year but doesn’t execute because of lack of faith or they just don’t believe themselves. – Brandon G

 

Execution would have to be the Driving Value that calls out to me the most. It crawls underneath my skin every day, itching at me to bear fruit, because execution is the only thing that will leave any evidence behind that you are actually who you say you are, or value what you say you stand behind. A lot of people like to just run their mouths about their beliefs, values and opinions but never actually do anything of value in life. They get by on the pity and passiveness of others, because for the most part people would rather just be nice, so no one challenges their assertion to the contrary. But oh, that dreadful sound that strikes thunder in my being. For me, Execution is a dreadful and relentless ringing bell sounding off my moments of triumph or defeat. Moments of satisfaction or shame, of Glory or dishonor. Moments of fulfillment or regret…forever moments…precious moments. The only thing that will speak truthfully of a man long after he is gone is his legacy… or lack thereof. In life, there are things far worse than death. A failed father, a reprehensible son, a costly civilian, a coward. If there is one thing I’ve learned doing time, it’s that time will tell on you. You either will be or you won’t be. Either you will fight or you will fail. You will either cultivate power and strength or you will submit to it. You will create hope where there is no hope or you will live in despair. You will restore all that has been broken or you will completely abandon everyone and everything that depends on you. Doing time has taught me that we all have life sentences. Being about the business of doing time is what we all have to sort out within ourselves. There is no magic pen in the sky that is going to write out excuses, cover things up or do this or that for you. So courage and commitment must become your companions. In the end, my execution will be a shrewd and final witness against me to what truly mattered to me in this life. And truth be told, we are about to find out just that. – Jeremiah M

 

The Driving Value that means the most to me is execution. The reason I pick execution is because it is the most effective. It’s taught me that I need to execute anything I set my mind to – even the small things. Execute it, conquer it, take it down, max it out, etc. I’ve come to love the word “execution” now. I look at it as one of my favorite words, and I thank PEP for this Driving Value. – Jamal M

 

Of all the 10 Driving Values, execution means a great deal to me. I’ve always had grand plans and the best of intentions, but often would lose sight and fall short of completion. My own rule has always been to give 120%, doing my best in everything I do; now I have aligned my actions with this rule: “Big thoughts or ideas are nothing without action.” PEP will be the first in my lifelong record of proper execution. From here on out, I’ll bring my ideas and plans to fruition. – Aljaray P

 

The Driving Value that means the most to me is execution, because execution has to take place in order for you to fulfill whatever you’re trying to accomplish. You can have a million dollar idea, the best architects and engineers to design and build it and all the money in the world to support it, but if you don’t take the steps and execute properly, it will never get done. You will watch all your dreams pass you by if you don’t execute, but if you do execute you can turn your dreams into reality. Someone once asked me what does a thousand mile race and a one mile race have in common, and the answer is “the first step.” You have to take that first step in anything that you want to do; if not, it’s just an idea. So execute and make it happen! – Andrew S

 

Execution is very important to me in life because without execution, you can’t get things done. It’s a very important part of life to execute things – that way, you can move on to better things in life. It falls in together with your family and the people around you as well. My father taught me how to execute and I’m doing my best to fulfill that in life and also teach it to my daughter who needs me so badly right now … so this is for you, baby girl, and always remember to do your best to execute things in life. – Ricardo T

 

Execution is one of the values that stands out the most to me, due to the fact that without execution, our dreams and thoughts stay in our minds. This value has pushed me to give my work and projects 110% of my effort and break that fine line we sometimes come across. So instead of just thinking about what needs to be done, we need to be preparing to make whatever is a reality. I advise anyone who reads this message to execute, push through and never give up on yourself. No matter how hard life gets, remember that the first step to success is within. – Christian T

 

Execution: the ability to get things done. This simple yet accurate statement is my core Driving Value. There are many different aspects of life where, without this step, you would be at a complete standstill. When I start my morning, I create a list of things I insist on accomplishing, and this is the start of my executions for the day. At the end of the day, I insist on having 75% of these goals accomplished for me to say that I have had a successful and productive day. Successful Execution is an absolute must if I plan on becoming the changed man I set out to be, not only for myself but my family as well. – Jason W

 

I believe this is the serve-all, end-all that bridges the gap between myself and all 10 Driving Values. Without the adamant execution of all principle values, I am left with only worthless attempts at the life I deserve. I will place execution at the forefront of everything I do and all choices and decisions I make to ensure that I will reach the quality of life that I am destined for. We all fall short of the glory of the Lord, but by firmly placing the ability to diligently execute all given tasks, to the best of my of my ability, ahead of my own will, this will guarantee a greater reward: GOD’S GREATER REWARD! – Kristopher P

Fresh Start Outlook


PEP believes that every inmate is a human being in need of a true second chance (which for many may actually be a legitimate first chance). We will treat every inmate with respect, regardless of background or personal history. We strive to equip human beings to achieve their full potential. We believe that people can change, dignity can be restored and, as a result, society will reap bountifully.

 

Unfortunately, this is my second time in prison. The last time I was released, I did not have a plan, which brought me back here. Now with PEP’s help and the knowledge they have given me, I have a plan and the drive to succeed. This has given me a FRESH-START OUTLOOK on life and has given me the confidence that I will NEVER come back to prison, unless it is to support my future PEP brothers at events! – Shawn G

 

Fresh Start Outlook applies the most to me, because what was is in the past is behind me and there is no good in hanging on to old behaviors. I think people should always strive to move forward in life and better themselves. New places and new faces are the key to starting fresh. There is opportunity in every new conversation that is sparked because the past no longer is a hindrance, but instead can be a testimony of the new creation one has become. – Timothy N

 

Fresh Start Outlook helps give me hope for the future by allowing me to create a new vision for my life in every way.  I am able to reimagine who I want to be as a person.  It has taken me a while to accept that the ones I love most viewed me differently than how I viewed myself.  This Driving Value allows me to begin the process of becoming who I want to be.  I want to be someone who is beneficial to others. – Bryan R

 

I chose Fresh-Start Outlook because I believe everyone deserves a second chance. I will be embarking on a brand new beginning with a clean slate and a chance to live my life better than I ever have before. To be given the chance to start over with the help of my family and PEP is a blessing. I look forward to starting my brand new life like a Phoenix, rising from the ashes, a new creation. – Christopher R

 

My favorite of the 10 Driving Values would have to be Fresh Start Outlook. I like this one so much because it displays an opportunity for a second chance in life, and that is something I think everyone deserves. When a person has a Fresh Start Outlook, they look at life with a clear, fresh state of mind: a new outlook. This is something I have applied to my life and it has helped me tremendously. – Corderro R

 

I choose Fresh-Start Outlook because it has more value to me than any other Driving Value. I believe I was given a true second chance to make a change, no matter my background or history. I grew up around drugs, gangs and violence at a young age. Then when I came to TDC, I became a part of it as well: I became gang affiliated, been through fights – I even used and sold drugs while being incarcerated. PEP opened up a new possibility with potential for myself to become positively successful in life. – Gabriel W-M

 

I think that the Fresh start Outlook applies to me because when I came to this program, I was at my rock bottom. This program gave me a new view of life: a fresh start. Now I see what I have been missing and will do my best to live out these 10 Driving Values. – Floyd W

 

Fun


Work is an important part of life and it should be fun and rewarding. We seek to create a work environment that encourages laughter, imagination, fellowship and creativity. We regularly celebrate positive results and recognize those involved in the success.

The Driving Value that applies to me the most would have to be Fun. A wise man once asked me what my favorite day of the week was, and when I replied “Friday,” he said “Because it starts the weekend, right?” And of course, that was the reason. He proceeded to tell me Monday was his favorite day of the week because he got to go to work, which at first seemed odd but he explained that he loved what he did and had fun doing what he was doing. I believe it’s important to have fun doing what you do for a living, or else you are not truly living and have no business in that field of work. Having too much fun on the other hand is not good at all either, as it usually leads to trouble (believe me); so once you find a balance between working and playing, you are on your way to living a successful lifestyle. That is why I believe Fun is the most important value! – Max Bo

 

Everyone in life deserves to laugh! Especially in this crazy world we live in, if you can keep smiling even when things get tough, you just might be alright. Don’t let things that are out of your control get to you. Remember: energy is BIG, so be that person that brightens someone else’s day rather than being the misery that loves inviting company. Salute to ALL my PEP brothers!!! – Kevin B

 

My favorite Driving Value will probably have to be Fun. I love having fun and laughing. I believe in making the best out of any situation you are in. People sometimes find themselves in situations they believe can’t get any worse. Sometimes you just have to look at the glass as being half-full. By being able to find the positive in any situation, Fun brings the sun out on any rainy day. Life is too short. We must enjoy it and make the best out of it. – Gilbert F

 

I think that Fun most applies to me. I value fun because for a long time, I did not know what it meant to have fun. I’ve spent most of my life being serious and now that I have had the chance to learn how to have fun in a positive way, I enjoy the effect it has had on my life. I fully plan to take what I have learned about fun and apply it to my life when I re-enter society. I think it will play a valuable role in my life as a Dad and as an adult. Thank you PEP for the knowledge and the chance to be a better person. – Stephen Gi

 

FUN- This is one of my favorite Driving Values. I believe that fun is an important part of life. Since I was a child, I always had the mentality that fun is everything. I am always finding ways to make people’s day better. I believe that being fun helps bring out the best in people, and to be able to lift them up with laughter is awesome. I will always strive to help people see that it’s okay to let loose and get out of your comfort zone. I had the opportunity to host Fun Day for the Spring ‘19 class, and it was great to see those guys let loose by lip syncing songs and dancing around. So, have fun and live life, because life is too short to be stressed out, and we all know that laughter is great for the soul. – Stephen Gu

 

I like having fun because it keeps you healthy and less stressed, so please take care of your life and health. Fun is something we all need to be a lovable person. Fun is a way of life. – Jerry H

 

I think that my favorite Driving Value would have to be Fun. Being in prison has made most of us think that we have to keep that tough and serious image so others don’t think that we are weak. Coming to PEP has helped me step out of that and make the best of my situation. It’s always important to make sure that you treat yourself every once in a while for all of your hard work, but make sure you don’t overdo it! God bless! – Alvaro L

 

Fun!!! I would have to say of all the 10 Driving Values, the value that applies to me most would be fun. It might only be a three-letter word, but it has huge meaning to me. Especially now after having gone through all kinds of homework, studying, and speeches, I am going to see to it that I apply a little fun into my life. – Anthony L

 

The Driving Value that applies to me most is fun. I believe that if you are not having fun in your field of work, then you won’t be able to maximize your efforts or be happy. Everyone should have fun. Life is to short not to. We should all enjoy life every day because GOD has blessed us with it. People who have fun and are happy also live longer! – LeMar M

 

Innovation


We embrace a pioneering spirit and are constantly in the pursuit of innovation and improvement in our efforts to help others. We expect dramatic change. We are committed to seeing beyond the current perception, and even the current reality, to break stereotypes and shape new futures.

To me innovation is something being in constant evolution. It is when we refine our minds to develop on a higher plane of understanding, complete with good intentions. It is also when we grow in wanting to benefit others selflessly. Innovation is God-given and important for all mankind.

Integrity


We model and require complete honesty and integrity in all our relationships and endeavors. Integrity means more than simply the absence of deception; it means we are completely forthright in all our dealings. We say what needs to be said, not simply what people want to hear. We are truthful with ourselves, listening attentively to feedback from others as they speak into our lives, correct us and reveal to us our blind spots.

I like integrity because it show my character of who I am to those around me. I want my two loving daughters to see the change in me. I would like to show that same integrity on my job and in my business, so that my integrity will speak for me and show what kind of person I am today. – Alvin B

 

Of all the 10 Driving Values that we live by in the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, the value that applies to me the most and that I feel is most important of all, hands down, is Integrity. Once Integrity is a core value you live by, all the others fall into place. A lot of people skate by through a lot of things in life, but without integrity you’re not really getting anywhere. I always thought I had integrity, but I was also really good at rationalizing and putting a twist on all of my wrongdoings, to where I really started to believe I was doing nothing wrong. Real Integrity shatters the sweet little sugar coating you’ve wrapped around your shortcomings and leaves behind the truth. – Duane A

 

Integrity would be the Driving Value that sticks with me. To have integrity is to be truthful with yourself and stand on what you say and do. My integrity was compromised from my past actions, but now I’m rebuilding my image into one of honor. Now I display integrity as much as I can, whenever I can, to assure my family and friends I’m not a liability anymore, but rather an asset. – Deonte G

 

The Driving Value Integrity most applies to how I live my life every day. For me, Integrity is more than just a value – it’s a way of life. I try to live out this value every day, even on the day I committed my crime and turned myself in to local authorities. In order to live by the other Driving Values, you have to put forth Integrity so people know you are being honest, but more importantly, your honesty shows your sense of self-worth.  I will continue to live by this value in future endeavors to assure people that my word is golden. More importantly, Integrity is displayed not only in front of others but, even more so, when no one is looking. Live out a life of truth and honesty, and success will follow. – Erik G

 

Integrity is a value that many people will claim to possess. Sadly, this is far from the truth. They fail to fully grasp the true meaning of the word. Integrity means much more than just doing the right thing. It means doing the right thing even when no one is watching you. It means that the very core of you is centered on being a trustworthy and honorable person. Integrity requires the mental, spiritual and physical being of a person who is trustworthy and honorable also. I believe I live up to integrity because I always put forth the effort to stay focused on not only doing the right thing, but thinking the right thoughts also. Integrity is a word that requires action. – Freddie H

 

Integrity is one of my favorite Driving Values. “Chin up, chest out, move forward in a positive manner, and never ever put your integrity in jeopardy” is a motto that is often quoted in my family. Warren Buffet said, “In five minutes, you can tear down a reputation that took you 20 years to build.” If I do the right thing when nobody is watching, I will have no worries and rest easy at night.  Practicing integrity assures a clear conscience. A clear conscience allows me to focus on “moving forward in a positive manner!”  HA! – see how that works?! – Thomas J

 

I have and always will try to stand by my word. I’ve built an awesome rapport with my family and friends, and they trust me with everything they have. Being honest comes natural to me, and I pride myself on not lying and keeping it real with my family. I think it’s one of my best characteristics, and I know my family enjoys it as well. Life is so much easier when you have someone in it you can trust to do the right thing, not only for themselves but for others around them as well. I don’t take it lightly, and I appreciate the chance that they have given me to be honest and true. – Jerimie B

 

Because PEP focuses on the 10 Driving Values as the core of the program, the Driving Value that I most likely lived out and will continue to live out (because of PEP’s positive influence and impact in my life) is “Integrity.” This one value is the one displayed by every authentic leader. To “model” and to be required to be completely honest, with integrity in all our relationships and endeavors, was a challenge for me much of my life. I have lacked “integrity” in the past, when no one should have trusted me; yet they did. I am grateful PEP trusted me, to give me a chance in life and the 10 Driving Values as tools and guides to “learn how to learn” a new life. This Driving Value gave me the grace, through PEP and because of God, to learn how to admit with sincerity when I did something wrong. This means when and why I made mistakes, when I offended someone, when I went contrary to the 10 Driving Values. I had heard “Honesty is the best policy” but I did not truly “know” it before I was incarcerated. Even as a father, a son and a brother, I lacked integrity. Most of my family has forgiven me, mainly my children. I was a dishonest employee to good employers.  I was an ungrateful son and grandson to my family, even when my family loved me when I didn’t deserve it. “Integrity” gave me self-awareness and established values (a moral compass). My character is not perfect, though I would like it to be; I do however see the changes in my heart and thought life, and that is encouraging to me. Even more, it is also encouraging  to see the change in my PEP brothers as well, watching them all grow from the very beginning and now displaying the 10 Driving Values daily. I also try to acknowledge them when they did display these values. This is also having “Integrity,” because “We say what needs to be said, not simply what people want to hear.” I know these seven words also apply to telling the truth, avoiding lying by omission and simply being deceitful – the “don’t ask, don’t tell” character. I have been able to use this value to edify my brothers and therefore have edified myself. My “listening attentively to feedback from others as they speak into our lives, correct us and reveal to us our blind spots” is still going on today. This is, of course, contrary to popular belief. I am still growing; we are all still growing. There is hope still. “God is not done with me yet,” and I know that doesn’t just only apply to me. God bless everyone, thank you PEP, and thank you Lord. Glory and Honor to Your Name. Amen – Juan L

 

Integrity is most important Driving Value to me because it doesn’t have to be noticed or recognized by anyone else in particular, but it WILL be shown by one’s actions in every aspect of life. Integrity can’t be compromised because the word itself is justifying its meaning. You aren’t able to exemplify parts of integrity – you either have it or you don’t. I don’t believe there is another value in life that has separated or brought together more people than one’s showing of integrity. My personal belief is that the value of integrity should be on level with my walk in Christ. Do I fall short on my walk? Of course I do, I’m human, but I NEVER COMPROMISE MY INTEGRITY. – Monson D

 

Integrity is my favorite value out of PEP’s 10 Driving Values. I believe that the difference between a con and a sale is the fine line called “integrity.” Integrity keeps all moving parts in our world moving in everyone’s best interest instead of falling apart and causing chaos. Integrity builds relationships and allows for change and growth, a journey many of us will soon embark on out in the free world. I believe that doing what is right whether anyone is watching you or not is the key to success, because it is your own personal victories that you win daily that start a succession of continual victories and good habits, ultimately creating better opportunity in one’s life. Integrity is in demand in today’s world, and I am proud to embrace it as one of the 10 Driving Values that have been instilled into me through PEP. – Jeremy N

 

Integrity in this world is a quality that is easily misunderstood in life, especially with those who need it the most. There is no such thing as an authentic man who does not have integrity. I personally did not understand the importance of having integrity because I also never understood the real concept behind having a strong system of morals and ethics. First I had to lay my foundation (1Corinthians 3:11), and only then was I able to start standing for what is right and true in this world. Now I am able to model and require complete honesty in all my relationships and endeavors. Now I am able to be completely forthright in all of my dealings, especially with those whom I love. God uses integrity to share the many lessons and truths He has instilled into us with our families and the rest of mankind. – Nikolas N

 

Integrity stands out the most to me because it shows a person’s worth. It is tested when least expected and observed by individuals who we think are not watching us. It shows our sense of value and where we stand with morality. Our integrity is and will always be the ultimate representative of our lives. I believe in order to be successful in life, one must happy, but also at peace from within as well with whatever they come in contact with. In order for these types of things to manifest in someone’s life, that person must have strong integrity and, most importantly, faith that things will work out in the favor of righteousness. Nobody is perfect, but we as God’s prized creation should apply effort in patience, perseverance, persistence and prayer through developing our integrity every day to show our thankfulness for the gift of life that has been bestowed upon us. After all, today is the everlasting present of mankind. Amen! – Louis P

 

The Driving Value of Integrity applies to me the most. Saying what needs to be said, not simply what people want to hear, can really cover almost all grounds. We tend to want to be misled, or we mislead others by telling them what they want to hear, but that can be both vital and deceiving advice. If we would just be straight across the board with one another at the right times, the advice given can and will cut out a lot of misunderstandings, confusion and confrontations. I also think that integrity guides us in the right direction to prosper and be a success in many aspects. We can save each other a lot of mixed up feelings, including hurt and disappointment, by having integrity. Truth can sometimes hurt, but from my past experience, the lies that were told caused me greater damage as well as some losses. If people can have integrity and stand true to themselves and those they communicate with, we can develop a better relationship and build trust. If you truly do care about others and you want others to care about you and your loved ones, have Integrity with others as well as yourself. Integrity allows us to learn more about ourselves from other outside perspectives. – Jeremy T

Love


We are committed to service in love. PEP staff and leaders will be patient and kind, never envious or boastful or rude. We will not seek our own way nor be easily provoked; rather, we will bear all things and endure all things. We will rejoice in the truth and always seek out the best in others.

I believe that all of our 10 Driving Values are absolutely essential in this program and in life itself. Be that as it may, the one that speaks to me the most is LOVE. One of my favorite quotes states that “love without a standard is not love at all. It’s just brokenness trying to find a home.” That is a perfect summary of my life before coming to prison. I had no clue of what real love even consisted of. As a result, I hurt a good number of people with my brokenness. The good Lord has given me a new perspective of what true love is, and PEP has enabled me to put these newfound principles into action. I can honestly say that for the first time in my life, I truly know how to love myself and others. My greatest regret is the pain that I caused others who suffered from the effects of my twisted sense of love in the past.  – James R

 

From our 10 Driving Values, the one that I pick to best describe my life, and my future, is love. I have always expressed my love toward the people around me, whether it be by support or by my kindness of the heart. I will always strive toward being that person who cares for others and will lend a shoulder to lean on. I will have love in my everyday life so that others around me have the privilege to share such a wonderful feeling. The Driving Value of love is a foundation that will keep me giving so that I can receive true happiness in return.  – Alfredo V

 

I would say that “Love” is one of the most prestigious driving values! Love is not boastful, arrogant, envious, harmful, or rude. Love is peaceful, its kind, warmhearted and likable. I believe that genuine love comes from a genuine person and that starts with the heart. I do my best to show love to everyone .I try to be a brother that seeks out the best in others and I also try treat people the way I would like to be treated. A true brother or friend … – La’Darius H

 

The Driving Value that applies the most to me is Love. It’s not just about the love you have for others but the love you for yourself! Without Love, the other nine Driving Values would not be in play. Love is important for one to be able to maintain a successful, healthy and happy life. If you love yourself as well as everyone else, you can achieve anything you want to. I love my babies, my family, myself and every one of God’s children, and that makes me happy! – Aaron K

 

I believe love is the value that mostly applies to me because it has taught me to live accordingly I would like to express my gratitude to PEP for giving me the opportunity to better myself. I will do unto others as I want done to me. I will love my neighbor and will always lend a helping hand. To me life is about how we deal with the situations that are handed to us to be able to overcome any obstacles and keep going love is a very powerful motivational tool. – Jorge T

 

I do my best to live my life guided by love. Love is everlasting, although a lot of people don’t understand it. I believe that if we allow love to flow unimpeded into our hearts, all of our greatest and deepest desires will come true. Love is the strongest thing alive to man, so I lean on the strength of love to get me through life’s hardships. – Kevin M

 

I think of Love as being the last and final command left by the Son of God who alone could literally account for all the commandments. In the same respect, I believe that having Love would be the equivalent of displaying all the 10 Driving Values in one. Love is patient, Love is kind; Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not arrogant, is not self-seeking, is not irritable, keeps no record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the TRUTH. Love bears all things, endures all things, and last but not least, Love never fails. Love is such a powerful word, and it’s not something that is easily given or taken away on my end. I had to figure out how to Love myself before I could truly Love or even care about others. I’ve never had a visit in prison – that is, until I came to PEP. These executive volunteers truly have Love for all of us and they sacrifice their time and money to come spend the day with us. Finding Love will make you want to change to be a better person no matter the obstacles in place, and that’s what PEP is doing: changing lives. Love is the most essential Driving Value, because without Love, PEP would not exist. – William M

 

My PEP brothers mean so much to me, and the love I have for them is unconditional. The word of God simply explains that without love, you have nothing. In everything you do, you must involve love because love perseveres. Every day I wake up, I find a stranger and tell that person that I love him and Jesus does to. I thank God for allowing me to attend this program because the love PEP shows me is very inspiring, and I will continue to show that same love toward others. Love opens up doors that no one can shut but you. Keep in mind that everybody wants to feel loved, and my job is to make sure I do my best to give them that assurance. – Louis M

 

Love is fair when it builds up both the lover and the beloved; when it increases both and diminishes neither; when it brings them close and lets them be separate; when it nourishes both and leaves neither wanting. Fair love respects the boundaries of the other person’s selfhood. It postpones our most legitimate desires to meet our loved one’s needs. It declines every impulse to take advantage of a weakness. Fair love does not use ancient and forgiven wrongs against us. True love casts out all fear, demons, sickness and self. The symbol for love is not the heart, but the cross. – Dale R

 

Love is the most important Driving Value, simply because I feel that everyone needs to be loved, and also I’m just a big sucker for love. People easily forget they are loved in here, not because no one loves them but because life happens so fast out there and so slow in here. Love sometimes is mistaken for an emotion. Every day I try my hardest to make sure the ones around me feel genuinely loved. Life comes so much easier when one feels there is a purpose, and for me love proposes just that. Imagine what the world would be like if everyone felt as if they were cared for and someone loved them? Hard to imagine a life with no hatred, right? I hope reading this makes you feel the need to show somebody love today or that you experience the feeling that someone loves you. May God be with you, and for the world’s sake, GO SHOW SOME LOVE!!! – Conan R

 

The Driving Value that applies to me the most, and also the most important value of them all, is LOVE! You must have love for yourself before any of the other Driving Values come into play. If you have love, you have accountability to yourself. If you have love, then you are a wise steward of not only your time and belongings, but of others as well. If you have love, you have integrity in all things that you do. If you have love, then you have a servant-leader mentality. You get the drift….but it doesn’t stop there. When you truly love yourself, then forgiveness comes easier. When you truly love yourself, then you can begin to love all other aspects of life. When you love all other aspects of life, you love other people openly and your actions show where your heart is at. Love is infectious to all those around you! When you show love to a complete stranger, you get the enjoyment of seeing the sparkle in their eyes when they receive your love. I consider it one of the most rewarding parts of life! I LOVE to LOVE others. I believe I got this trait from my parents, Jack and Peggy, at a very young age by always going to work with them at their convenience store. My parents were the type to always “help your fellow man in time of need.” If a customer needed something like a tank of gas until payday, my parents would always help. I think – no, I know – that these random acts of love are what helped shape my heart into what it is today. Thank you, mom and dad, for not only teaching my sister and I what love is about, but for showing us what it is about by living it out! Because of you, I can say that I have truly been loved all of my life. There is absolutely no better feeling than knowing you are loved.

In PEP, I get the enjoyment of watching others learn how to have love. It is absolutely amazing to watch my brothers learn that it is okay to love others. Many of my brothers have never experienced true love, and others have only experienced it from their immediate family. That quickly changes in PEP when you have the first event called the “Kickoff Event.” When they see the group of executives show up to give their love and support to complete strangers, it begins to show them a new way of thinking and acting. Then, when they see the exact same executives at future events, they start to realize that what they are experiencing is what love is really about: being selfless and willing to give of yourself and your time to someone in need. Because of the Driving Value of love, PEP will continue to transform the lives of so many men and women, both participants and executives alike, and continue to make this world that we live in a better place. Thank you PEP and executives for all that you do! – Justin V

 

Servant-Leader Mentality


PEP believes that with leadership comes the overriding responsibility to be of service to others. We believe the contributions we make in the lives of others are far more important than our own accomplishments. We will lead by example with humility at the sacrifice of personal glory. PEP exists because of our desire to serve all those with whom we come in contact, especially our participants, executives, partners, donors, prison staff and the community at large.

One of my favorite Driving Values is servant leader mentality, because it takes a great leader to lead other people to achieve greatness. The blind cannot lead the blind or they will be forever lost. Also, those who stand for nothing will fall for anything. The world steps aside for a man who knows where he’s going. Great leaders are needed in a world full of followers, and one is coming soon. – Daniel C

 

Servant Leader Mentality is my favorite Driving Value because I think it’s the most important! It’s also something I’ve got lots of experience with. Before you can lead, you have to know how to serve. Be the example, go first, and show how it’s done. You have to give people a reason to want to follow you. If people don’t want to follow you, how can you lead them? You can’t. This is something I’ve done most of my life. I have always been in a position to lead, so for me it comes natural. – Tony N

 

Servant-Leader Mentality is the most important Driving Value to me because it takes leaders to lead other people to succeed in life. To live out the Servant-Leader Mentality, you always want to assist others to guide them in the right direction. It applies to me because I’m always there to help one of my PEP brothers. Before coming to this PEP program, I never heard of the term Servant Leader Mentality. After experiencing and living it out, it really means a lot to me and I’m proud to call all my PEP brothers Servant-Leaders. – Steven M

 

I choose SERVANT-LEADER MENTALITY because I like to help those next to me. I like to lead by example. I do things to the best of my ability. A true leader creates more leaders and doesn’t follow the way other people do things. This Driving Value will make a positive change in today’s world we live in. I learned in PEP that I must lead to see others succeed in everything that they do, regardless of their faults.  And that is my true definition of SERVANT-LEADER MENTALITY. – Waltty R

 

The Driving Value I design my life around is Servant-Leadership. This is a value that I consider to be a positive tool for success. Most people view this as hard work, but I view it as a life-changing experience. Most of my life, I have struggled to become a positive role model, but have failed. Living out this value has proven to be the missing factor. I will carry this value to my last days. God has blessed me to become the man he original designed me to be, and I’m blessed to have accepted the calling. – Ronald W

 

Wise Stewardship


We are committed to the mentality of a steward: someone entrusted with another’s wealth or property and charged with the responsibility of managing it in the owner’s best interest. We will apply donors’ funds as promised. We are committed to being a lean organization, and as a staff, we are also committed to modest salary and expense levels. We use funds intelligently, efficiently and strategically to achieve maximum benefit for those we serve.

 

Wise stewardship really boils down to being able to be trusted with someone else’s money or property. If you promise to do something with what has been entrusted to you, then do exactly what you said you would do. Today’s society has become a place where you have to keep track of everything. Scams are everywhere, so wise stewardship has become a trait that is priceless. It is a true gift from GOD to know you have someone in your corner who does not need to be watched 24/7. Wise stewardship is a quality that all honest business people should possess. I have wise stewardship, but we all could use a lot more. Remember: it’s not just words that make you trustworthy, but your actions and deeds. – Freddie H

 

I think that Wise stewardship applies to me most because I believe in using what you are given in life and making the most of it. I try not to waste the chances I am given and the resources that I have in life. I know that a lot of people have put forth a great effort to give me a second chance that they feel I deserve, and I won’t let them down. I am extremely thankful for those people and the whole Prison Entrepreneurship Program for all they have given my family and me. – Stephen G