Students Serve as Business Plan Advisors for PEPSept. 4, 2012
About 25 Baylor business student volunteers for the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) are gearing up to serve as Business Plan Advisors for Class # 18. PEP is a non-profit organization that was established in 2004 to help prison inmates productively re-enter society by providing them with the tools and training to turn their entrepreneurial drive into an attainable goal.
Advisors are matched up with an inmate, whom they communicate with through a mediator. Advisor duties include grammatical and conceptual feedback, business consulting, market research, reality check, financial advice, and encouragement. Several faculty and staff members from the Business School are serving along side the student volunteers.
"The possibility to work with someone less fortunate than ourselves is a blessed opportunity and rewarding privilege, and I look forward to seeing the change we may bring to someone's life," said advisor Zahra Kasam, MBA Healthcare Class of '14.
Advisors will also get the opportunity to go to the prison and participate in various activities, including the graduation of PEP Class 18 in December.
Additionally, the Graduate Business Association is planning a toy drive in November to collect toys for the annual PEP Christmas project.