Monday, October 14, 2019
Today we practiced our pitches. It is amazing to see how far all of us have progressed in public speaking. We are all prepared for the upcoming Business Plan Competition. Most of all, we are prepared to see our families at our Graduation. At first, we cringed over the thought of Toastmasters, but at the end of the day it was great training for the upcoming event. If it hadn’t been for our fellow classmates and Servant-Leaders encouraging us to take the course seriously, none of this would have been possible. Kings of Fall ’19, we made it!
Our brother Briceon M. enlightened us on how he is going to beat all competition with his barber shop. This journey has truly been amazing, and we all have grown closer to one another. We have built each other’s brainpower and spirits to successfully walk that stage. If any of us plan to grow into corporate level jobs, we must learn to be very strong and encouraging speakers.
Ledarion H. (a.k.a. “Reese’s Pieces”)
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Today was another day in the computer lab, with the exception of an interesting new assignment, involving PEP’s substantial 10 Driving Values. The conditions of the assignment were to pick which of the 10 Driving Values we value the most and explain why. It was a difficult choice to make, since they are all essential values to a productive, successful lifestyle.
I’m sure we all favored a different Driving Value from one another because not everyone likes their cup of coffee with sugar. We are all unique individuals, but all of the 10 Driving Values are beneficial to us in different ways. They help build the foundation for a successful life, as well as guide us to our number one internal goal, which is unlocking our full potential.
Antonio M. (a.k.a. “Boo Boo”)
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Today was exciting because of our upcoming Graduation ceremony. We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy from a sense of accomplishment. Thanks to the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, we have grown tremendously and have truly become entrepreneurs.
We woke up around 6 a.m. and prepared ourselves for the day. We practiced our business plan pitches for about an hour before we had our pre-Business Plan Competition. It was awesome and eventful. Overall, although this is a competition, we have no problem helping each other get better. It is an accomplishment to have grown so much together as brothers in just a period of nine months. It is a privilege to be a part of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, and all of us look forward to continuing to grow and serve after graduation.
Christopher S. (a.k.a. “Lucky Charms”)
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Today we had computer lab. This is one of the best classes in PEP! It allows those of us who do not have computer skills to develop not only basic computer skills, but also learn some of the more business/professional applications available (and the skills needed to utilize them). By learning these skills, we are able to produce viable business plans. We also gain confidence in our ability to perform everyday tasks that would be expected of us in the workforce.
This class is truly an important step on the road to a successful re-integration into society and a productive lifestyle. It is a great refresher course for those of us who already possess these skills but have not been able to use them for a long period of time due to our incarceration. Other than computer lab, Thursdays are basically free for us to do whatever we need in order to be as prepared as possible for the Business Plan Competition and graduation next week!
Brian P. (a.k.a. “Officer Duffy”)
Friday, October 18, 2019
Today, we woke up thanking God for another day! This day was special because we held a Servant-Leader meeting. We usually have our meeting on Wednesdays, but it was postponed because the In-Prison Management team had a meeting in Dallas.
We started the meeting with a PEP news broadcast, which fills us with joy because it is actually very funny. Afterward, our manager Greg P. addressed us on several matters relating to graduation and what is to follow. Once we graduate, there will be certain requirements that need to be met in order to receive Servant-Leader status. This new system will be very beneficial for us because it works like a real job, where we clock in and out, so our hours are tracked.
At the end of the meeting, we picked movies to watch at our graduation party. Getting into the Halloween spirit, we picked scary movies! It is just one of the many benefits that we receive after our long journey. Now we place our focus on the new Spring ‘20 class and encourage these new PEP brothers to join the mission of this Servant-Leader endeavor.
Santos Q. (a.k.a. “Taco Bell Dog”)
“I believe the most effective leadership is provided by those who see themselves first and foremost as servants to others.”
Your sincere effort is rewarded with the trust of those you lead and their willingness to follow your leadership. If you lose your integrity, you have lost everything. People will only follow leaders they respect and trust. Integrity is a trait required of all leaders regardless of age, industry or geography. It is measured by observers through speech and conduct. Rise above the temptations and trappings of your position and lead with excellence.
Be consistent in what you say and do, or those you wish to lead will distrust you and lose confidence in your leadership. People are only willing to go the extra mile for leaders they trust. Smart leaders are trusted because they have integrity.
Jonathan R. (a.k.a. “Barack Obama”)
Conquerors of Spring ’19