Prison or ESHIP

Prison or ESHIP

Can entrepreneurship help to reduce recidivism? AKA, can starting a business stop someone from going back to prison? Let's find out.... Show More

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May 6, 2019 26 min

Marcus Bullock started a construction company when he got home from prison, and now he is the founder and CEO of Flikshop: www.flikshop.com   Marcus is the keynote speaker at the Rise Up, Get Started Entrepreneurship Celebration in Kansas City, MO, on Thursday, May 30, Kansas City’s first entrepreneurship competition for formerly incarcerated people, hosted by Determination, Incorporated. The Rise Up, Get Started Entrepreneurship C... Read more

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January 14, 2019 31 min

Johnny Waller is exactly what this podcast is all about. After years of gang banging and time in prison, Johnny left the street life to pursue his education and stumbled into running a successful business. Today, he helps with violence reduction campaigns in Kansas City, Missouri and shares his story to inspire others to lead their best lives.

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November 13, 2018 33 min

Sonja Skvarla is the founder of A Social Ignition, a prison entrepreneurship program in Portland, Oregon. www.asocialignition.com   A Social Ignition workshops focus on business feasibility and values-based decision making, while using entrepreneurship to bridge social networks. Business professionals come into the prisons to mentor, and often leave with their eyes opened as well.

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Josh Munoz is the reentry manager with the Prison Entrepreneurship Program in Austin, Texas. Prison Entrepreneurship program, or PEP, is widely considered the gold standard in entrepreneurship programs for currently and formerly incarcerated people. https://www.pep.org/ Since 2004, PEP graduates have started 361 businesses and have a recidivism rate of just 7%. Josh is a graduate of the program, and joined the staff after leaving p... Read more

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October 1, 2018 32 min

Carl Brown is the program manager with The Fountain Fund in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Fountain Fund helps formerly incarcerated people by providing them with low interest loans that they can use to repay fees incurred during their involvement with the criminal justice system. https://www.fountainfund.org/ By helping them out with their immediate needs, The Fountain Fund can ensure that their clients have the necessary support ... Read more

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September 14, 2018 32 min

Bobby Clark is the founder and president of Sustainable Business Ventures in Lexington, Kentucky. Bobby helps people who are having a hard time getting a job find their way through entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on folks in rural communities and the formerly incarcerated. http://www.sbventures.org/

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August 29, 2018 31 min

Amy Barch is the founder of Turning Leaf Project, a nonprofit in South Carolina that helps formerly incarcerated people change their attitudes, thinking and behavior using a cognitive behavioral intervention, a research-backed, evidence-based solution to helping people stay out of prison. https://www.turningleafproject.com/

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Christine McDonald is the author of “Cry Purple”, her memoir, and “The Same Kind of Human” a book about “seeing the marginalized and exploited through the eyes of grace.” http://www.christinesvision.org/ The wisdom and insight Christine shares in “The Same Kind of Human” is hard-earned; she spent 17 years homeless and on the streets, where she was sex trafficked, addicted to drugs, and arrested more than 100 times alongside 7 stint... Read more

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Emily Hunt Turner is the founder of All Square Restaurant and Institute, a social enterprise in Minneapolis, Minnesota that sells grilled cheese and empowers formerly incarcerated people by teaching them how to take charge of their own destinies through entrepreneurship and the study of law. https://www.allsquarempls.com/ Emily worked for the federal government in the Department of Housing and Urban Development before starting All ... Read more

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July 18, 2018 30 min

A.J. Ware is the co-chairman of Inmates to Entrepreneurs, a North Carolina-based program whose mission is perfectly encapsulated in its name. Inmates to entrepreneurs introduces currently and formerly incarcerated people to the opportunities and obstacles of starting your own business, and helps people make and execute a business plan both pre- and post-release from incarceration. Inmates to Entrepreneurs has been refining their mo... Read more

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Joyce Klein is the director of FIELD at the Aspen Institute, which advances microenterprise business ownership as an economic opportunity strategy. In 2016 she published a paper called Prison to Proprietor: Entrepreneurship as a Re-Entry Strategy: https://www.aspeninstitute.org/publications/prison-proprietor-entrepreneurship-re-entry-strategy/ The paper looks at multiple programs for supporting currently and formerly incarcerated ... Read more

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Tamra Thetford is the Chief Program Officer at Justine Petersen, a St Louis-based nonprofit that helps people build their credit so they can reach their goals. The organization started by helping folks work toward home ownership, and eventually expanded its services to include a path to entrepreneurship. Tamra is here to tell us about Justine Petersen’s business program for formerly incarcerated people, Aspire Entrepreneurship Init... Read more

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May 23, 2018 43 min

Jason Cleveland is a returning citizen and the founder and CEO of Obodo, a software for small human services organizations. He was recently selected as a member of the first cohort of Unlocking Futures, an accelerator run by New Profit and John Legend’s organization, Free America. Jason is a dynamic guy and also runs an entrepreneurial workshop in a prison in St. Louis, MO. He has a beautiful vision for activating natural born entr... Read more

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May 10, 2018 36 min

Adam Martin was in and out of prison for years and had a hard time staying sober until he realized the power of transparency, hope and community. Now he helps others achieve all three through housing and employment with F5 Project in Fargo, North Dakota: https://www.f5project.org/

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Bob Pelshaw was a very successful real estate developer in the midwest before spending 10 months in prison on a felony charge for misspending federal loans. While in prison, he was struck by the untapped entrepreneurial potential amongst the community of incarcerated people he served time with. Through working with people one on one in prison, he came to believe very strongly that the entrepreneurial mindset and business acumen he ... Read more

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Tracey Syphax is the author of “From the Block to the Boardroom.” It is a memoir detailing his youth in Trenton, New Jersey, his time on the streets as a drug dealer, his stint in prison, and his twenty plus years experience since as a successful entrepreneur.   Today, Tracey is a strong advocate for reentry reform and helps returning citizens like him through coaching, entrepreneurial training, and much more. http://www.ftb2tb.com... Read more

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March 28, 2018 30 min

Cerise Hall is a business consultant specializing in startups and young businesses. She has a particular passion for working with returning citizens in black communities, helping them create wealth and build businesses that they can pass onto their children. Cerise’s consultancy is called Business Speaks and her style is dynamic and engaging. Many people in her family have been in and out of prison so she knows first hand the strug... Read more

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The Aspire to Entrepreneurship program started in Washington DC in 2016. The 6 month program teaches folks coming home from incarceration business skills and helps them launch their ventures. 35 returning citizens have completed Aspire. Out of those 35 graduates: 10 are holding down jobs, 10 are working while pursuing their businesses, and 15 are running businesses that employ 39 people. And to top it all off, no Aspire graduate ha... Read more

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March 1, 2018 33 min

Zach Sloan is the COO of InnerCity Weightlifting, which reduces youth violence by connecting proven-risk young people with new networks and opportunities, including meaningful career tracks in and beyond personal training. They use the gym to replace segregation and isolation with economic mobility and social inclusion, disrupting the system that leads to urban street violence. https://www.innercityweightlifting.org

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February 15, 2018 35 min

Many reentry programs feature job readiness training. It is standard in the practice, while teaching entrepreneurship is not. My guest today runs a successful job readiness training program in Kansas City, Missouri . Natasha Kirsch is the founder and executive director of the Grooming Project, a nonprofit that teaches women in need how to groom dogs so they can get a job with a livable wage. She is currently exploring how to layer ... Read more

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