Week 17

Week in Review

Monday, September 30, 2019

This morning we were called out to the Computer Lab to finish up our Microsoft assignments. Throughout our PEP journey, we have come a long way by conquering Word, Excel and PowerPoint. We have also finalized our business plans and completed our resumes. Using a computer is most definitely a skill worth having in today’s society. The tools and resources offered by PEP are a privilege, and we are thankful for them.

In the afternoon we did our last speeches in Toastmasters, an exciting accomplishment. Our speeches were about Servant-Leader Mentality. Public speaking has been informative and helpful in countless areas. As we endure the final steps before graduation, we realize that all of the hard work is paying off. PEP has been an extraordinary achievement, and we are all very proud to be where we are today. 

Richard T. (a.k.a. “Energizer Bunny”)

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Today, the members of the new Spring ’20 class attended Leadership Academy. Excitement was in the air and the energy was positively infectious! It is inspiring to see the level of dedication that is exhibited by our newest members of the PEP family. With all of the commitment and confidence expressed among these men, it is hard to imagine that any of them would give up on the program.

As “servant-leaders in training,” the Kings of Fall ’19 are blessed with the opportunity to help facilitate the transformation process that these men have agreed to embark upon. In Quest for Authentic Manhood, they are exploring untouched chapters of their lives. As they work their way through the material, they are connecting with overlooked wounds that have been lying dormant and poisoning their spirits.

When Robert Lewis touches on each wound that we, as men, tend to carry, you can see the concern on their faces as they make that connection to their pasts. Those of us who have already gone through this stage of the program know from experience how uncomfortable it can be to share those wounds with other men. However, the class of Spring ’20 continues to impress us with their involvement as they gather into their small groups and discuss the day’s lesson.

Looking around the PEP room, several members of Fall ’19 can be seen standing around the outskirts of the room, waiting to serve. Just a few short months ago, it was us sitting in the chairs while the brothers before us stood vigil. In two months, this class will have the opportunity to carry on this time-honored tradition.  Spring ’20, be proud of the achievements that you are undertaking – we are certainly proud of you!

Joshua T. (a.k.a. “John Travolta”)

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

As the sun rose this morning, we were reminded how blessed we truly are. Many of us started the day by attending Computer Lab. Sometimes we forget the magnificent opportunity that PEP has given to us. Where else in the Texas prison system do inmates have access to computers like we do?

This program is helping us to form a brotherhood that is making us better men in all aspects of our lives! Toastmasters is helping us to become better speakers, and Computer Lab is enabling us to become proficient with a computer. These classes are of great benefit to us as we prepare for the Business Plan Competition on October 24th.

As a team, we are encouraging one another in all of our endeavors. We have developed a closeness and a great amount of respect for one another. The Kings of Fall ’19 are almost to the finish line. As a team, we will cross the finish line together!

Alton C. (a.k.a. “Mr. Bust a Move”)

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Watching Spring ’20 go through the program, we are reminded of when we began. We wish them luck as we prepare to pass them the baton and step into the role of servant-leaders. At the moment, we are finishing our résumés for the upcoming mock interviews. Sitting in the Computer Lab this morning, there was a definite change in the atmosphere. Everyone is eagerly awaiting graduation. We have all worked very hard!

As we move closer to our graduation day, it becomes more and more difficult to focus. We are told that this is the point in the program where people get into the most trouble, because they become too lax. Therefore, we need to dig deep within ourselves and find the strength to finish strong!

Daniel M. (a.k.a. “Shark Bait”)

Friday, October 4, 2019

Today, God has blessed one of our brothers with freedom! As he got ready to leave, we all prayed for him and encouraged him to remain strong. Occasions such as this remind us how much each individual brother means to us. We are brothers, constantly in the pursuit of excellence!

As the day progressed, our new brothers in Spring ’20 came together and formed study groups. They are preparing themselves for the tests that are coming up. The focus that they exhibit shows how determined they are to pass the tests. As servant-leaders, we strive to help our new brothers prepare for leadership roles.

In the evening, we all got together to practice our business pitches. We have studied and worked long hours to prepare ourselves for this competition. As we get closer to graduation, things take on a steady pace, and many feel as if they can breathe a sigh of relief. We now have the opportunity to help our new brothers in their own journeys toward graduation.

Tiddus A. (a.k.a. “Jimmy Neutron”)

Expressions

“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”

                                                                    ~Calvin Coolidge, American President

If an archer misses the mark, he takes a look at himself. Failing to hit the bull’s eye is not ever the fault of the target. To improve your aim, just improve yourself.

Finding better tools, raising our standards and hanging in there are all ways to cultivate a stronger sense of responsibility. People who strive for excellence while working hard to achieve it are almost always responsible. Responsibility is absolutely critical to our success and once an incentive is found, potential is endless. Always remember: once we become complacent, we stop growing. 

Dante V. (a.k.a. “Sour Patch Kids”)

Kings of Fall ’19