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Would you please -- There may not be a prouder moment for these 64 inmates at the Cleveland correctional center.
With family and friends looking non it is the first time most of them have ever worn a cap and -- Graduation from the prison entrepreneur program is an opportunity to create a new future in a world that is not always for giving to those with their history.
It's so tough but he's got his job on the outside -- and help them -- How to start their own businesses and create their own economic opportunity.
These and -- When -- -- PEP is a tough one the Houston based charity connects business leaders.
Think convicted felons for a business boot camp the prepares participants for their eventual release.
It is six months of intensive training that focuses as much on -- using character.
As it does on business acumen -- Fabian.
Morality plans about meat market was awarded the best in the class in the.
Fortunately class blew me away because it was about character about who we are we've been what we've done in the past and what we wanna go tomorrow and that first week I didn't think -- about my business.
But the business what entice -- to come.
It's been one of the most wonderful experiences of my life.
Valedictorian she regional Ghali says it is a priceless opportunity to become something new having a new I didn't see as of this whole as a businessman.
And having had Americans -- somebody that's at the -- other people that actually contribute back to -- means that in taking some.
That is so important to us.
800 men who have graduated from DEP in the last eight years all of them.
Every one has found work within ninety days of their release.
Hundred of them maybe and stripped of their own businesses flight Centre court buckles Houston moving company.
He makes a special effort to find men just like him try to -- opportunity.
A lot of society -- -- -- it could have an X on your back that they don't want -- hard.
But known to steal and we're gonna learn that.
And as these men -- something beyond their eventual release it is a journey that is simple and complex.
All of the same time we're gonna provide real the real place.
And out of that we hope you can dig inside through this work.
And find that new identity and.
Minding your business in Cleveland.
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