National Symposium on Sustainable Corrections - October 31 2012

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Hailed as the only national in-depth discussion of the utilization of sustainable products and services in the corrections profession, this symposium was held Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 2012

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National Symposium on Sustainable Corrections - October 31 2012

  1. 1. GREEN ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAM FOR INMATES, EX-OFFENDERS & AT-RISK YOUNG ADULTS National Symposium on Greening Corrections Bobby Clark, President Sustainable Business Ventures October 2012 Copyright 2012, Sustainable Business Ventures, Lexington, KY
  2. 2. Our entrepreneur curriculum emphasizes the concept of Triple Bottom Line, which addresses people, planet and profit: 1. the impact or bottom-line of a business has on society and the community (people); 2. the impact or economic bottom-line on the environment (planet); and 3. every organization must focus on the economic bottom-line (profit). 2
  3. 3. Green Programs Managed ► Bluegrass Goes Green – Bluegrass Area Development District ► Green Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (GEL-IN) - Lincoln Trail Area Development District ► Green Entrepreneur Program - Bluegrass Area Development District ► Green Entrepreneur Program - Southeastern Correctional Institution, Lancaster OH 3
  4. 4. Successful re-entry through Entrepreneurship ► For some ex-offenders, entrepreneurship offers new opportunities for successful reentry (video) ► Reducing recidivism and empowering exoffenders to start their own businesses to create their own jobs is a great strategy that is being well received across the US. 4
  5. 5. PEW Center Study In the March 2009, the PEW Center’s, One in 31, the Long Reach of American Corrections “The laws passed in 80s & 90s increased incarcerated pop. reached 2.3 million & 1 in 100 adults was in prison or jail.” 5
  6. 6. PRI Report ► Venturing Beyond the Gates: Facilitating Successful Reentry with Entrepreneurship ► “Entrepreneurship has emerged as a viable alternative to traditional employment opportunities for disadvantaged and marginalized individuals all over the world. 6
  7. 7. PRI Report While researchers agree that self-employment may not be a viable option for many individuals leaving prison, the mere fact of the exposure to entrepreneurship training can factor in successful reentry to the community. 7
  8. 8. PRI Report ► “For many, because ► entrepreneurial ► thinking is infused ► with the philosophy ► of empowerment, ► exposure to ► entrepreneurial training will reshape their perspective on their role in society. 8
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  10. 10. Southeastern Correctional Institution – Lancaster OH ► Ohio Green Prison Project ► Roots for Success ► Green Entrepreneur Program
  11. 11. 8 Day Green Entrepreneur Course Outline 1. Entrepreneurship 101: Introduction Life Skills, and Personal Finances ► 2. Entrepreneurship 201 ► 3. Green Practices and Environmental Issues ► 4. Expanding Triple Bottom Line Business Ideas ► 5. Business Plan Orientation and Financials ► 6. Introduction to Business Operations, Legal, and Human Resources ► 7. Business Plan Technical Assistance ► 8. Business Plan Technical Assistance / Business Plan Competition ► 11
  12. 12. SCI Business Plans ► HVAC Repair ► Green Cleaning Service ► Military Parts Supplier ► GPS Chips for Kid Clothing ► Pick up Meals Service ► Technology Repair and Design Service ► Auto Repair ► Liquidation Service ► Urban Garden Service ► Cosmetology & Hair Care ► Greeting Cards ► Bakery ► Clothes Tailoring Service 12
  13. 13. Scenes from Southeastern Correctional Institution 13
  14. 14. Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) ► PEP Video – click here 14
  15. 15. PEP Venture Capital Pitch Day
  16. 16. PEP Facts ► Headquarters: Houston ► Offices: Houston & Dallas ► Prison: Cleveland Correctional Center (GEO) ► Staff: 18 ► Volunteers: > 600 / year ► Budget: $1.5 mm (80% for Programs) ► Funding: 95% Private and 5% Earned Income ► Annual Audits 16
  17. 17. Program Services & Results ► Reintegration: Community of accountability and encouragement ► Transitional Housing ► Business Services  Entrepreneurship School (eSchool) & Executive mentoring  Access to financing Employment (last 24 months)  Average days to employment: 26  100% employed within 90 days of release  Average wage: $9.50 Business Formation (since inception) Businesses started: 82 Active today: 52 PEP Recidivism under 5% 17
  18. 18. Direct Benefits to Texans ► Texans save over $5 million on each group of 150 PEP released graduates Represents over 300% ROI in PEP 570 released graduates earn approx. $14 million per year in wages, spending an est. $9 million per year in local economies Released grads generate almost $4 million per year in payroll, sales and income taxes 18
  19. 19. PEP Business Plan Competition & Graduation June 10-11, 2010 19
  20. 20. Making the Case with Correctional Programs ► “Green” business and jobs are relevant to prisoner reentry ► that IDAs are important tools for personal investment in reentry ► that “green” training and IDAs complement existing training and counseling programs 20
  21. 21. Relevance of “Green” to Prisoner Reentry ► Low- and moderate-technology/skill job and business opportunities ► Apprenticeship programs complemented with ‘green’ training and certification ► Growth of prison industries prepares ex-offenders for start-up business and job opportunities 21
  22. 22. Relevance of ‘Green’ to Prisoner Reentry: Low & Moderate Skills in Each Sector 22
  23. 23. Examples of Low & Moderate Skill ‘Green’ Jobs and Businesses ► Weatherization ► Building retrofit component parts ► Manufacturing ► Landscaping ► Solar panel assembly and installation ► Plumbing & electrical helpers and apprentices ► Cleaning business using environmentally friendly products 23
  24. 24. Relevance of ‘Green’ Component of Business Model to Prisoner Reentry • Job training and business planning can start in prison (classroom & actual work) • Apprenticeship programs can be complemented with ‘green’ training and certification • Community-based transition programs can align with workforce development programs • ‘Green’ job growth faster than other jobs 24
  25. 25. American Correctional Association Adoption of ‘Green’ Standard: August 1, 2010 ► Standard: The program shall demonstrate that it has examined, and implemented, where appropriate, strategies that promote recycling, energy and water conservation, pollution reduction and utilization of renewable energy alternatives. 25
  26. 26. Green Job Skills Training Examples Skills training for growing organic vegetables grown and reduces the cost of purchases for food in the prison ► Inmates are taught benefits of composting and Vermiculture (worms) – reduces disposal costs ► Bicycle repair program donates bikes to lowincome children in the community ► Solar panel installation – cleaning & maintenance ► Cleaning prisons using environmentally friendly cleaning products (growing public consciousness for home & business) ► Training on Hydroponics/Aquaculture and Aquaponics (growing vegetables and shrimp) 26 ►
  27. 27. RecycleForce RecycleForce Columbus is a social enterprise with the two-fold mission of recycling end-of-life electronics and providing employment for persons reentering the community from prison based in Ohio (www.recycleforcecolumbus.org). Mission: “Providing a pathway for formerly incarcerated men and women to successfully re-integrate into the workforce and become responsible, tax-paying, productive community members & citizens through comprehensive environmentally sound and secure end-of-life electronics processing.”
  28. 28. More information Bobby Clark, President Sustainable Business Ventures PO Box 1367 Lexington, KY 40588-1367 859-227-0263 www.sbventures.org sbvclark@gmail.com 28

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