Week in Review

Monday, February 24, 2020

Today was a great day in PEP. We started out with a successful class of Toastmasters International. This course is helping us improve our speaking skills in front of people. It will help us a lot in our upcoming event where we will be pitching our business ideas in front of many executives.

Computer lab was next on my list for the day. During this time we worked on a variety of computer programs such as PowerPoint, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. As we worked on bettering our skills at these programs, we all discussed the upcoming event on Friday. Overall, today was another successful day in PEP.

Ruben G. (a.k.a. “Rubber Ducky”)

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

My brothers and I woke up this morning and started our day off with a much-needed cup of coffee. Then we prepared for a day in our beloved computer lab. Today we spent our time wisely and finished up our computer lessons in Microsoft Excel before we began building a PowerPoint presentation.

The skills we are learning will help us in our future. We have learned the ins and outs of Microsoft Word, and now we are learning Microsoft PowerPoint. As a whole, the class is moving right along, and our eyes are focused on the goal of completing the Prison Entrepreneurship Program.

John C. (a.k.a. “Ronald McDonald”)

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Today was a great day. Our Spring 2020 class attended our Entrepreneurship class, where we started to review Chapter 12, entitled “Building the Business and Establishing Operations.” Jose C. is a wonderful teacher

These lessons are very motivating and inspiring. The wisdom and knowledge we are gaining will help us in our future. I truly appreciate this amazing opportunity to be part of PEP. I am proud to be a member of Spring 2020.

Frank C. (a.k.a. “Pancho Claus”)

Thursday, February 27, 2019

Today was not your typical day, because usually our power is up and functioning properly. Unfortunately, today we were without electricity. Many of us shared what we hope it will be like as we move forward in our lives.

Failure isn’t an option for those of us who have come this far in the Prison Entrepreneurship Program. None of our work will be in vain. There is absolutely nothing more important than getting out of here and making our families proud.

Jason C. (a.k.a. “J.J.”)

Friday , February 28, 2020

Friday! Friday! Friday! I woke up and prayed – thank God it’s Friday. It’s not just any day either. This was the day of our Business Plan Workshop event. Today we got to ask the questions we’ve been thinking about for the past couple of months. Today we will identify flaws in each of our business plans.

We had to figure out how we would ask Amy B., Bart H. and Cindy B. these tough questions. Just the thought of it made us nervous. Fortunately, PEP has introduced us to Toastmasters International and these 10 Driving Values. They have instilled a confidence we never knew existed in us all. As we walked in the gym and saw Brigit H., Chuck H. and Erick G., we could only thank God and smile because this is only possible in PEP.  

Julian P. (a.k.a. “Fred Flintstone”)


“Two men looked out from prison bars. One saw the mud, the other saw stars.”

~ Dale Carnegie

Our perceptions are key to our interpretation of reality. However, our perceptions are heavily influenced by our expectations. This to me is critical information to be aware of because if we only had bad things happen, it leads to our perception being focused only on the bad things. As a result, we end up taking things for granted and overlooking any good in our lives. I would like to encourage all of my PEP brothers to ask themselves this question: “Where is your focus: on the mud and dirt, or on the stars?”

Jacob E. (a.k.a. “Jake from State Farm”)