Pelican Bay Volunteer Alliance

$28,600 of $33,000 goal

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The Pelican Bay Volunteer Alliance (“PBVA”) is comprised of business executives from around the country who are passionate about providing second chances and opportunities to men incarcerated at Pelican Bay State Prison.

The PBVA has taken on the responsibility of securing funding and volunteers to support 164 Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) who have been participating in the Defy Ventures program at Pelican Bay. Due to unforeseen changes and logistical challenges, Defy no longer has the resources to see these EITs through to their graduation, and that's why the PBVA has stepped up to ensure that the positive impact of the program on EITs and their families is maintained.

We are excited to invite you to join us at Pelican Bay for a Business Coaching Weekend in July. You will join up to 100 volunteers to invest your time and talent in preparing the amazing EITs for their reentry and life beyond. This will be an action-packed, three-day event beginning on Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22. You are welcome to join us for any or all days! Please RSVP by June 15 to Jenae Kaska at All registered volunteers will be emailed a prison clearance form that must be completed by June 19.

The PBVA estimates the total cost of the Business Coaching Weekend to be $33,000, which will be proportionately divided among “recidivating volunteers” and collected on this GoFundMe page (e.g., if 30 returning volunteers attend, each would be required to contribute $1,100). This fee will be waived for first-time volunteers; however, any contribution would be greatly appreciated! All contributions will be used to purchase EITs' program materials and training workbooks, to cover event-related operating expenses, and to support graduation ceremony costs. Contributions are not tax-deductible as the PBVA is neither a nonprofit nor associated with any nonprofits, clubs, or organizations.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Jenae Kaska at
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