As I heard those words, tears welled up in my eyes and my heart filled with wonder at this work that we are doing in prisons. As Ruth spoke, I saw for the first time that bringing Defy into Monroe Correctional Complex does more than just teach employment skills, more than just show our Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) how to create and build a valid business plan, more than even creating a community of like-minded, hard-working, inclusive individuals determined to hustle harder and defy the odds. As Ruth spoke, I saw the very fabric of our community, frayed by poverty, addiction, and incarceration, being repaired.
6 months later, Ruth is now one of the Peer Facilitators at our second CEO of Your New Life Class and I want you to know that she is effectively spreading her addiction to Achievement to 64 new EITs, ready to hustle harder, defy the odds, and doing our community proud.
If you want to learn more and support Defy Washington, go to www.defywa.org. To read about it, go to https://www.geekwire.com/2019/entrepreneurship-coding-training-programs-build-path-prison-employment/
Defy the odds,