One of the founding volunteers of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program will be recognized for his service by President Bush. According to www.PEP.org:
"President George W. Bush will present the President’s Volunteer Service Award to John Jackson when he arrives in Houston, Texas, on Friday, July 18, 2008. Jackson is a volunteer with the Prison Entrepreneurship Program. To thank them for making a difference in the lives of others, President Bush honors a local volunteer when he travels throughout the United States. He has met with more than 650 volunteers, like Jackson, since March 2002.Read the full notice here:
"Jackson has been a volunteer for four years with the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP). This Houston-based non-profit strives to stimulate positive life transformation for inmates by uniting them with local business executives who provide entrepreneurial education and mentoring. The goal of the program is to equip inmates with values-based entrepreneurial training to enable them to productively re-enter society. Jackson volunteers as an executive mentor to inmates, as well as program graduates who are re-entering the workforce. He also shares his business knowledge and expertise with aspiring entrepreneurs at the Cleveland Correctional Center and teaches business classes at the PEP Entrepreneurship School located on the campus of Rice University. Additionally, Jackson serves on PEP's Governing Board and helps set the vision for the program’s continued operation and growth."