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.

My favorite of the 10 Driving Values, all of which are certainly useful and informative, is accountability.  My prior life tells me that I once gave short shrift to this very essential life value.  Thanks to my time in prison, my faith and my involvement in PEP, I know better now, but I was once the epitome of the hard-nosed, driven trial lawyer, thriving in a winner-take-all environment.  I gave far too little attention to my church life and my family, failing as a husband, father and community member.  Due to an untimely collision of arrogance, stress and circumstance, I lost it all, leaving me bankrupt, divorced and facing prison.  Accepting my guilt, I embarked on a new journey, one of atonement and self-discovery, through which I have reset my moral compass.  Although the process caused me to seemingly lose everything, I have actually learned what is truly important: faith and family.  I now accept my duty to be accountable in all aspects of my life instead of “compartmentalizing” my morality and my accountability to fit the situation, or to put my material needs first.  I now dedicate myself to be held accountable to my high standards – the same that PEP and society demand of me – in all aspects and regardless of the circumstance.  Just like David in the Bible, I have learned through PEP to “dance like nobody’s watching.” I now apply the highest moral standards to every aspect of my life, whether others observe it or not. (Paul A)

I chose accountability as my favorite Driving Value because it was the springboard for my personal growth during my time in class. As a child, I was a perfect example of innocence. As I grew, I became the perfect example of ignorance. Accountability helped me to become a better man by constantly reminding me of the fact that every action has a consequence, be it good or bad. I may have been a “Homework King,” but it was well worth it. Every assignment was another step up the ladder of growth. Moving forward, I plan on enacting a firm sense of accountability with myself and others. I think the work accountability makes us do on ourselves is the reason we become better. (Timothy B)

I chose accountability because it has done so much for me.   I can remember when I did not do anything on time, and now you can’t keep me from finishing first. I thank God for holding me accountable for my actions, or I probably would still be out in the world committing crimes and using drugs.  I really thank the PEP brothers that I have for holding me accountable for all of my actions. (Kendrick C)

My favorite one of the 10 Driving Values is Accountability. I chose this one simply because of the personal value that it holds. Without accountability, I feel that people are not held responsible for their actions nor their personal belief systems, meaning that what they value might be skewed to negative patterns, which in turn will lead to making wrong choices. Holding one’s self to the high standard of accountability takes practice and a certain sense of dedication to always do the right thing – not just for yourself, but for the next person as well. Change comes from within. Yet within that change, a person must make the conscious decisions of how individual actions will affect others. It is also important to be mindful of those actions and how it affects the greater good. Without accountability, people simply don’t change. (Jeremiah J)

The reason I chose accountability is that it takes time in order to hold yourself accountable. You get accustomed to doing things your way (or should I say, the wrong way) to where you feel that it’s right. Understanding, patience, timing, integrity and love – it really takes all of the 10 Driving Values to hold yourself and your peers accountable. (Jawuan M)

My favorite Driving Value is Accountability, because it provides the structure and discipline that incarcerated people need in their lives. This Driving Value has many definitions, but my favorite one is “PEP enforces a no ‘wiggle room’ accountability program with participants.” This is my favorite definition because when I was doing all of my illegal activity, I was not being accountable and had no integrity. Once I established accountability in his life, it seems like all the other values came pouring in, just from practicing Accountability. So out of all 10 Driving Values, this is why Accountability is my favorite. (Anatoli Q)

 

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.

Excellence is my favorite Driving Value because it exemplifies growth. In everything I do, I strive for excellence. I also seek it out in others. It has magnetic characteristics that draws you to others and vice versa. True excellence shines through from the core of an individual. (Anthony H)

Excellence is my favorite of PEP’s 10 Driving Values because it encourages us to give all of ourselves to any task we begin. When committing to anything – a goal to complete something, to change our way of thinking or to find our purpose in life – it is important to go about it with the sort of determination characterized by excellence. This value means not being satisfied with mere completion, but getting things done as efficiently as possible and to the best of our abilities. It means reaching the finish line with everything we’ve got, no matter what obstacles lie in our path. (Rashodd I)

Excellence is my favorite Driving Value because I believe in achieving excellence in all that we do. Most of the time perfection is impossible, especially achieving perfection “in all that you do,” but excellence is different. To me, excellence means that you do your best and give everything you are capable of in what you do. When you strive for excellence, you earn a track record of putting out great, consistent work. I believe that if everyone in PEP were to strive for excellence, the program would be a hundred times better than it is now, or ever has been, because that’s just what the power of excellence can do. If I continue to strive for excellence in all that I do in my life, my potential is limitless. We may not be able to be perfect or do things perfectly, but when we strive for excellence we can do things to the best of our ability, getting as close to perfect as we possibly can. (Nicholas R)

 

 

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.

We place emphasis on execution – the ability to get things done.” I chose this Driving Value because it plays and places a large role in being who we are to be as men/women, parents, entrepreneurs etc. There’s no shortcut in fulfilling these duties. It’s my primary focus to win at being a dad, a man and entrepreneur, and the only way to do so is to execute with the application of our BEST efforts. We must equip ourselves with a mentality to execute everything we do only to complete the mission set before us to the best of our ability. (Johnny H)

Execution is the elimination of a problem or an overcoming of any obstacle in your way. The best way to fix things is to find out what is wrong and take steps to correct that problem; figure out what works and implement it; figure out what isn’t working and eliminate it; and continue to adapt along the way. (Michael L)

I believe in all the Driving Values that PEP has instilled through the program. Without living up to all Driving Values, you cannot successfully live out just one. However, the Driving Value of execution will be my pick. I believe without proper execution, you cannot even begin to live out one Driving Value. Execution is completing all tasks at hand to standard. Execution is part of my own Life Values that I have lived out for the past 13 years. This acronym is LEADER stands for: Loyalty, Execution, Accountability, Determination, Endurance and Reward. But not one of these values can be lived out if you do not know how to properly execute the meaning of that value. (Anthony B)

The ability to execute in a fast and effective manner – execution to me is one of my favorite Driving Values because it doesn’t matter what you’re doing as long as you have the will and the drive to execute whichever task you have at hand. Sometimes it’s tough, but when the going gets tough, the tough get going. I know that in life, it’s all about execution because “big thoughts don’t matter if they are not turned into action.” (Andy C)

Execution is my favorite Driving Value because it has the momentum of intentional action behind it. It implies a goal and therefore a plan. The ability to take an experience, reimagine all possible outcomes, choose the most desirable and take action to make it manifest is the privilege of humankind. What is the driving force behind execution? A simple idea – any idea, but one that holds value or promise of reward for the actor. All animals obey basic instincts, but only man imagines something better for himself and sets out to make it his. Execution brings dreams to life. (John G)

Execution is my favorite Driving Value because I believe that it is an important part of life and should be what everyone strives for because without execution, nothing would get done correctly. That is why I try every day to live up to the value of execution. (Angel J)

Execution is my favorite Driving Value. I like to execute the task at hand because I know that I have accomplished something. If I don’t execute anything I will never know if I was capable of moving forward in something such as my education, job, or even a short term goal. Now if I give something a shot and I’m able to execute, that lets me know my drive to execute is 100%. (Felipe C)

Execution is a big Driving Value for me because without execution, all the other Driving Values mean nothing. Execution is a lifestyle to continuously get things done, no matter the effort it takes or the amount of time given to get it done. If it weren’t for execution, foundations or structures wouldn’t be built, so nothing is fully complete without execution. (Caleb F)

The reason execution is my favorite Driving Value is because I believe that by executing on everything I do in life, it will lead to success, whether I’m working for someone or own my business. I will never improve if I don’t execute my goals. I will teach this to my kids so when they are at school, they will execute and earn A+ grades on their report cards. This is why execution is a very important value for me. (Erick H)

I like this Driving Value because of just what it says: “We place emphasis on execution – the ability to get things done.” Because “big thoughts don’t matter unless they are put into action.” Whatever my job or task is, I will put everything I have into what I need to do. After all, anyone can think or talk big but without action, what you are saying doesn’t mean anything. (Bobby J)

Execution is my favorite Driving Value because it describes a way of life when dealing with achievement. Life is full of lows and highs. So when dealing with lows and highs, it is always good to have a focused goal in mind. No matter how big or small the goal, execution will give one the drive to complete the task at hand. Execution basically provides motivation to push forward and accomplish all objectives placed along the path of achievement. Execution is personal to me because it has become a way of life. At this point in my life, I will execute all agendas that are given to me. It does become challenging to execute all tasks to perfection, but as long as the drive is deep-rooted, then all missions are possible. I no longer worry about failure because failure is learning in itself. When I have failed in the past, I have learned to execute a new plan. Execution gives me the strength to move forward and continue on toward better ways of life. (Marcus L)

If I had to pick the Driving Value that I cherish the most, it would be execution. Without it, nothing gets done. I’m a results-based person. I believe in the adage that says, “The ends justify the means.” Do what needs to be done, we can talk about it afterwards. Nothing irritates me more than someone who spends hours talking about everything they want to get done, and at the end of the day has nothing to show for the hours spent. (Jake P)

Though all of the 10 Driving Values are important to know and exercise, I believe that execution is one of the most important ones. As the definition states, “big ideas don’t matter if they are not put into action.” Carrying on with the same concept, nothing we learn in life would be of use if we didn’t simply apply it. What you know will not matter if it is not shown in your actions. Execution is important especially in our current situation. I constantly try to prove to my family that I am not the same individual that came in here 10 years ago. Both fortunately and unfortunately, they don’t get to see my everyday actions and my steps toward change. My opportunity will soon come though when I will be able to execute on my promises and words. Meanwhile, I show who I am to them by working and completing such programs as PEP and applying the things that I have learned in my everyday life. When we were young, we learned that knowledge is power, but as we got older we realized that knowledge is power when applied. Execute. (Abel V)

Execution is my favorite Driving Value, because that is one of the things you have to have to make it in life. If you don’t, you will always be at a standstill in life, not making any progress. To me, execution is everything because you need to take care of your family, pay bills, pay your car note, keep food on the table and so much more. Execution will take you very far in life – farther than you can imagine. (De’Angelo M)

Execution is my favorite of the 10 Driving Values. I believe that even if you have the most amazing idea and the most outstanding project, but you don’t step forward and take action, it really doesn’t matter. Execution is action. (Salvador M)

Execution is the ability to get thing done. I am most partial to this Driving Value because we all have big thoughts, but if they are not put into action, our thoughts are useless. I believe that if we were to keep this driving value in the forefront of our minds, we would all be able to successfully execute different tasks on a day-to-day basis. (David S Jr)

 

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.

 

“Fresh Start” Outlook is one of my favorite Driving Values because it represents a second chance at life – that is also what PEP represents. I believe that every person deserves a second chance because some people never really get a first chance at all, and it is extremely difficult to get out of a hole if no one is willing to help. (Emmanuel M)

Life can cause you to spiral out of control very quickly, without any warning. Before you know it, you come to a point from which you feel there is no return. I have to say that I am very thankful for the Prison Entrepreneurship Program and my newfound brothers showing me that we do truly have a “Fresh Start” and that we can return to society as productive citizens. (Johnny R)

“Fresh Start” Outlook is the most important Driving Value to me because I now have the necessary tools I need to be a productive citizen in my community. I thank the Prison Entrepreneurship Program for the opportunity to be a part of such a great program. I am now ready to be the man my parents raised me to be. (Gary L)

For me having a “Fresh Start” Outlook allows me practicality. Never have I had a moment, met an acquaintance or tried to have a perfectly clean day without some degree of worry. In most of these instances, I have never had the ability to find out all the sources of worry. Instead of holding on to this worry, I let it go so it doesn’t build up inside of me. Having this “Fresh Start” Outlook allows me to mold my instinctual memory like clay so I don’t indulge in self-pity when I get something wrong or do something sloppy. It allows me to turn a potentially negative instance into a learning experience. Considering this thinking isn’t allowed in classrooms with sub-par teachers, I do consider myself to be exceedingly blessed. Let us all be fresh and start anew. Even the upmost excellent and perfect persons will enjoy a new thing. They even enjoy this more than some of their favorite projects. Fresh beginnings are entertaining and make thing easier, allowing for some much-needed rest and recuperation. (Guy P)

My favorite Driving Value is “Fresh Start” Outlook. I think at one point in our lives, we all need a fresh start – a true second chance without being judged on what we did in the past or who we use to be. “Fresh Start” Outlook gives us that true chance of starting a whole new chapter in our lives. I believe in the power of having a “Fresh Start” Outlook when one thinks about one’s future. You must be able to see success first before you can achieve it. (Jose M)

 

 

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.

I like to have fun. I always like to laugh and have a smile because we only have one life to live. It is food for the soul and helps keep you young. It also a very good stress reliever in many ways. That’s why my favorite Driving Value is fun. (Zackary H)

Fun is my favorite Driving Value because often people become so consumed in their work that they forget to have fun. When choosing a career, you should keep in mind things you enjoy doing or don’t mind doing. Sometimes the hours may be long and the work place can be tense, but if you’re doing something you enjoy it can be fun. Have fun (not too much) and make somebody else’s day by helping to take the pressure off someone else. Life is hard and comes at you fast, so have fun every chance you get. You only live once. (Kenneth C)

My favorite Driving Value by far is fun. Fun is a very important part of my everyday routine. I love to laugh and cut up. I believe fun is an important part of anyone’s work environment – and if you can’t have fun at work, chances are you don’t like what you do. If you don’t like what you do, chances are you don’t take it very seriously and you won’t last in that position. (Joseph D)

Fun is my favorite Driving Value because without fun, things would get boring. You need fun to get you through the day to keep a smile on your face, as well as on the faces of your PEP brothers. Fun brings out the best in people. During the events, the laughter and dancing create a better atmosphere; it also brings inner peace. (Librado G)

I choose the Driving Value of fun because it describes the warm fuzzy feeling I experience every time I show up for class. PEP has truly shown me what fun is and what it can be from day one to now. Thank you guys for making my days brighter but most importantly, for showing me how to have fun. I now know when people see my face, they see fun. (Edgar F)

The reason I have chosen fun as my favorite Driving Value is for the simple reason that it doesn’t matter what time of day it is, I will always do and say crazy things to make people laugh. And if I can do that, it makes me feel good to know that I made someone smile and laugh that day! (Enrique G)

I choose fun as my favorite Driving Value. Fun is an important part of life and without it, life would be boring.  Being that incarcerated people often forget what having fun is, we get often forget how to be happy.  I am one who loves to have fun.  I think everyone should learn to enjoy life a little more because if all you do is work all the time, then life becomes really boring. (Jerome S)

Fun is my favorite Driving Value because without fun, what kind of world would we live in?  Yes, I am told that I have excessive fun, and I am perfectly fine with that.  I have less stress, I sleep well at night, I am always happy and I am always laughing.  Some people would say that I need to be more serious until they notice how I can be serious while having fun. So as I say, “Chill, relax and smile.  Life is way too short for you to be so serious and in a crappy mood.” (Justin W)

My favorite driving value is fun. I believe that having fun makes life more enjoyable. In tough situations, you can find a way to have fun. I think that if more people had fun, they would enjoy life more and not stress over the little things as much. Too often, things are so serious in the workplace and laughter is one of the best therapies. There is a time and a place to be serious and professional, but it doesn’t mean that there isn’t a time to have fun and enjoy yourself, because life is too short. (Andrew M)

 

I would have to say that my favorite Driving Value is Fun. Fun is versatile enough to where it relieves stress, keeps you young at heart and is fuel for the soul. Fun can change an aggressive energy into a positive energy, which can change the mood or mindset of a negative situation or person. Fun is an energy that truly is shared throughout the world. When you smile, you’re having fun. It’s just that simple. (Kelvin P)

Having fun has been a real negative thing for me these last thirteen years. It has always been at someone else’s expense. But joining PEP has shown me a different way to have real fun. I have learned to be more open with people as well as drop some of the stiffness in my attitude. When I make fun of someone now, it is to show them that I love them or to criticize them in a positive and constructive way. (Alberto R)

My favorite Driving Value is fun because fun is a good thing for the heart. Whenever I’m having a bad day, I can always rely on some type of fun. Whenever I’m with my kids, we have lots of FUN – that’s how I keep my kids happy is by doing fun things with them. Without fun, the world would not be as enjoyable as it is today. (Darryle M)

I believe that having fun is a major key to living a happy life, so I always try to bring a positive atmosphere by making people smile. A simple smile can have a positive change in a person that is having a bad day. I truly know that first hand. After having a long frustrating day at work, just seeing the smile on my son’s face would instantly put a smile on my face. So that’s why I always have fun and make jokes, even if it’s at the expense of my humiliation but, anything for a smile. J (David S)

 

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.

Innovation is one of my favorite Driving Values because when I see something, I can visualize me creating and building it out of wood. It can be a picture, a drawing or anything artistic, and I want to recreate it in my own image. This has been one thing since I was a child that I have always enjoyed doing, either building model cars, bikes, treehouses, go-carts or anything out of wood. I will continue to use my talents to further my career and future. (Albert A)

An iconoclast is a person who shatters prevailing beliefs and challenges widely-accepted ideologies. Every human being who has ever walked the face of the earth and been called an iconoclast has been an innovator. The desire to change the world in the first place is the drive to innovate. I have always admired human beings who have revolutionized our understanding of reality, seeing a reason to dedicate their lives to making a change. The amazing thing about innovation is that when the right minds are invested in it, inspiring things happen. There is no way to change the world without innovation. I love hearing stories about human beings who claimed total ownership over their circumstances and found reasons to be headstrong in envisioning something more for themselves and others. That is why, although all of PEP’s 10 Driving Values are important, innovation is my favorite one. (Joshua B)

 

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 chose integrity for many of reasons. I was definitely lacking integrity for the majority of my life. I was barley learning integrity before my incarceration, but since being accepted into PEP it has never been clearer. All my life, for as long as I can remember, I have never taken ownership for my mistakes or accepted responsibility. I lived day to day, talking my way out of everything, lying to anyone from my parents to teachers to authority. As I got older, it became an even bigger problem, and in the long run everything you do eventually catches up to you, no matter what you say. There was one responsibility though that I couldn’t run from, no matter what; I wouldn’t talk my way out of this one even if I was paid to do it. It’s like I learned integrity the moment I found out I was going to be a father. I learned integrity from feeling the undying love of caring for a child I helped create. Although I am now taking responsibility for my past mistakes, I have a much more enhanced definition of Integrity that I apply to my life, thanks to PEP. Now, as I am near my release date, I am confident that I will be a better role model for my son, my family, friends and community as a whole by always being honest and instilling integrity into my life and the lives of those around me. (Zaur P)

Out of the 10 Driving Values that we are taught in PEP, the one that sticks out to me the most is integrity. I believe that it’s important to me because the word alone teaches you character. If you apply integrity in your everyday living without the benefit of receiving anything, you will most definitely reap a blessing of becoming that man of integrity. (Phillip S)

My favorite of PEP’s 10 Driving Values is integrity, because you must have integrity in order to reach your highest potential. I now apply the highest moral standards to every aspect of my life, whether it is observed or not. (Donald B)

I picked integrity as my favorite Driving Value because if you follow this value with everything you do, you will become a better leader as well as an overall better man in life. You will not only grow as a human being, but you will prosper in everything you do. In addition, more people would want to be around you because you are trustworthy, truthful and own up to your responsibilities. These are the things that make you a real man. (Julian M)

I believe that integrity is one of the best Driving Values that we have. My definition of integrity is who you are when nobody is watching you. Integrity is not something that can be taught, but it comes from within. Integrity is being the same person in front of your mom, your pastor, your kids, and your brothers and sisters. It is a way of life, and it is something that is lacking in society as a whole today. The world would be a lot better place if everybody had integrity and exercised it on a regular basis. (Clay G)

In life, we must strive in all things to have integrity, being faithful not only to self but to those we encounter along our path to success. Truly the Prison Entrepreneurship Program has blessed me to see I am the master of my future, and to believe all is possible in due season. (Kevin J)

I chose integrity because I have no problem saying what needs to be said. I believe communication is key when it comes to any situation, but especially in business. It was because of my father’s stern hand that made me blunt. Even though I frequently run into others who struggle with this Driving Value, I believe that my integrity will show them a different path and will hopefully teach them to do the same. (David E)

 

 

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.

 

Love is my favorite Driving Value because it is the foundation to my personal religious belief. First we must love the cause of existence with all our heart with all our soul and with all our might. Then we must love our neighbor as we love ourselves. I believe this is possible once we understand the fact that our creator has showed us His love when He delivered us from our sinful nature by sending His begotten son. With this type of conscience, we may have the ability to think, talk and act in the spirit of love. Now the spirit of love is important because our creator is love, and without love we would cease to exist. I’m sure this is a true statement, because in the cognitive intervention program I learned that there are four necessities of life, and the first is to love and to be loved. In conclusion, love is the essence of life and that’s why it is my favorite Driving Value. (Pete P)

Love is the most powerful force in the world. It is what makes the word go around. God loved us before we loved him. The love for our families is what gets us out of bed to go to work and provide for them. Love will never die. It will let you shine the light that is in you. It is a good feeling when you give love, but it is a million times better when you receive love from that one person that you share it with. Love is a real thing; there is no lie in love. Love is forever. (Victor V)

The Driving Value of Love is important because if we have love for each other, the world will be a greater place. If we choose to love unconditionally, then it will erase a lot of mistakes we’ve made in our past. It’s difficult to hurt others when you have love in your heart. (Gunnar A)

Out of the 10 Driving Values that we are taught in this program, the one that sticks out the most to me and I believe is the most important is love. I believe it is the most important because without love, you really are nothing. If you apply love in everything you do, as well as show it to the people around you, I truly believe that the Lord will bless you, even when things don’t work out how you intended them to in the beginning. This is why I believe love is my favorite of the 10 Driving Values. (Jamual P)

Love is my favorite Driving Value because I believe everything is supposed to done in love. I feel that if more people did things out of love, the world would be a much better place. I have neglected loving people in my past and grew very angry, not only with everything and everyone around me but also myself. Now that I have learned to love myself, I am no longer angry and can contribute more positive vibes to the people around me. (Nicholas F)

I really love the Driving Value “Love” because it is one of the nine fruits of the spirit. Without Love, we would be nothing. Love is the greatest gift God has given to humanity. I don’t think anyone can say they don’t love anyone at all. Love gives us the reason to truly live. While incarcerated in prison, people tend to forget how to love others, and we become segregated. I thank God for giving me another chance at life through this program. If I hadn’t come to this program, I would probably have distanced myself from others due to the hatred in the penitentiary. PEP has helped me to wash the penitentiary off of me. I have become the person I’m supposed to be. I now have friends I can actually say I love like family. I have grown and now I see a future for myself: a future in business and life, as well as a future of respect and loyalty. At this time, I pray that everyone can get a taste of Love. Everyone needs love in their lives, whether it is from your mother or father, brother or sister, sons or daughters, aunts or uncles, cousins or friends, or that significant other. Love is great. So come on everyone, open up and share some Looooooooove. (Silvano R)

Everyone is accustomed to love being an emotion, but this Driving Value brought this whole program together – simply caring for your fellow brother. Since the starting point of this nine-month journey, we have been tempted to hate! But it’s the love and aspiration to change that requires us not to quit. (Yul H)

Love is my point-blank favorite Driving Value, period. Love brings joy, happiness and peace. I’m sure it brings other feelings too, but at the moment these are the ones that come to mind. I had decided to commit to happiness, and that meant I needed to see the world through my “love goggles.” Since then, life has been great and peaceful 95% of the time. If you’re reading this, know I love you and wish blessings on blessings on blessings for you. Peace. (Christopher T)

Love is my favorite Driving Value because it’s universal. No matter where you are in the world, this emotion keeps people happy. Without love, nothing would matter. Just think about if you didn’t love yourself, what that would be like. It wouldn’t be too great, would it? Love is strong and it is very real, so that’s why I pick love. (Abel R)

My favorite Driving Value is Love, because God showed me how much He loved me. I have also learned through PEP to apply love in my everyday life during this time of incarceration, and I will most certainly be using everything that I have learned to have a better life with my wife, family and with my church members. I will love people as it was meant for me to love them, because I was raised by my mother to love people regardless of the skin color. God is love, and Jesus Christ is the Lord and Savior of my life. (Robert S)

Jesus was the epitome of love. The world seems to have lost the love and replaced it with hate. I wish that people were more loving than they are. PEP has shown me and all my other PEP brothers tremendous amounts of love, and I thank them so much for that! (Clayton A)

 

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.

Servant-Leader Mentality is by far my favorite of the 10 Driving Values. I have nearly 10 years’ experience in management and I know the importance of starting from the bottom. A servant-leader knows how to lead because he learned how to follow first. A servant-leader can relate to those he leads because he has worked in their position before. At the same time, he knows how to listen and adjust as changes come his way. (Timothy M)

Servant-Leader Mentality is something we all need to live by. It is one of my favorite Driving Values, because I believe we have to serve in order to lead. If we lead by example to help others, we are serving their best interests. (Michael O)

Servant-Leader Mentality is the most important Driving Value to me because ever since I have been on this Unit, I have taken two leadership positions: pod coach and facilitator for a class we host called Health & Wellness. It is always good to have others follow you in a positive way, but it is hard to lead others when you don’t walk that walk. I really enjoy helping the next brother do well and improve. (Juan P)

 

 

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 is the highest value for a lot of us moving forward in life. This is the efficient use of other people’s and our own money. No matter what we may do in our post-prison life, we will need to save and use money correctly and in an appropriate manner. We also need to allocate others’ funds as needed in a way we have structured with our clients or bosses. This is essential and needed to be successful in any future endeavors. Wise stewardship with our funds, our time and all of our given resources will help us to have a comfortable, productive and happy post-prison life. (Ryan C)

To me this is the most valuable Driving Value because it places importance on all aspects of some of the other Driving Values. It incorporates Integrity, Accountability, Servant-Leader Mentality and Excellence. To be responsible enough to be entrusted by someone shows that you are considered to be an individual who possesses Excellence in their eyes. You must have Integrity to being placed in this position. To be a Wise Steward you will definitely have to be one who is Accountable and acting as a Servant-Leader in your role as a Wise Steward. (Jonathan R)

My favorite Driving Value, Wise Stewardship, is taking care of what is entrusted to you so that others may benefit from its use as well. I was raised not to be wasteful and, most importantly, to take care of what you are lucky or blessed enough to have in your life. Someone made a sacrifice in life for you to have whatever it is you have been given. Respect that and treat it as it should be treated. (Colby M)