This is the page for executives interested in volunteering with PEP at the Sanders Estes Unit in Venus, TX (near Dallas).
Sanders “Sandy” Estes Unit
1100 Hwy 1807
Venus, TX 76084
(45 minutes Southwest of Downtown Dallas)
This is the three-month character development program that now serves as the precursor to PEP’s core program, the six-month Business Plan Competition.
This 24–session study focuses on the primary issues that shape a man’s life. Over 12 weeks, participants explore the Biblical concept of manhood through videos and group discussion. The goal is to offer practical advice on living a nobler and more satisfying life.
This is the six-month intensive that serves as the core of PEP’s in-prison initiatives. Graduates of this program will earn a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business.
Executive Volunteers meet 1 on 1 with multiple participants to listen to and give feedback on their business concepts.
Executive Volunteers are grouped in panels of ~ 6 “sharks” to hear and give feedback on participants’ elevator pitches, then meet 1 on 1 for a deeper dive.
Executive Volunteers and participants enjoy a seated meal together, and test their knowledge of the rules of personal and professional etiquette in a “Jeopardy” style game.
Executive Volunteers meet 1 on 1 with multiple participants to discuss in detail all the elements of their business plans.
Executive Volunteers are grouped in panels of ~ 6 to hear and give feedback on participants’ nearly competition-ready pitches.
Executive Volunteers serve on panels to hear and evaluate participants’ final 10-12 minute pitches, with prelims in the morning and semi-finals in the afternoon.
Executive Volunteers serve en banc to hear and evaluate the 4 finalists’ 10-12 minute pitches, then enjoy lunch as a group.
The most moving and amazing graduation you will ever experience. We spend 6 months locating and connecting with family members, helping them to appreciate the significance of their man’s achievement and encouraging them to attend. Come and help many family members and friends cheer for our aspiring entrepreneurs.
This event gives the participants the opportunity to tell their story to someone that they do not know, and also allows them to prepare to seek employment once they are released. They interview for jobs that are similar to those that other PEP graduates have secured upon release, and the practice allows them to build their self-confidence.