Defy Ventures

Defy Ventures

Defy Ventures transforms and connects the lives of people with criminal histories and business leaders through their collaboration along the entrepreneurial journey.

Defy’s programs allow the intrinsic abilities of currently and formerly incarcerated men, women, and youth to flourish by encouraging them to “transform their hustle” into legal business activities. Defy’s vision is to replicate its programs in every prison system and major city in the U.S. and solve America’s costly social problems of mass incarceration and recidivism. Defy has proven its ability to generate transformative change through chapters in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, and Omaha. Funds from the Positive Change Project will specifically aid Defy’s expansion efforts into Nebraska women’s prisons, working to produce transformational improvements in the lives of the nearly 500 incarcerated women in the state.

As a 2018 recipient of the Positive Change Project, Defy received $40,000 to support the implementation of its CEO of Your New Life (CEO YNL) program at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women to provide practical training to the nearly 500 women there who face substantial personal and professional barriers both during and after their incarceration. CEO YNL provides much more than entrepreneurship and employment readiness training to EITs – the program also gives EITs hope through a positive vision for their futures and equips them with the full spectrum of life-skills needed to successfully sustain themselves and their loved-ones after prison. 83% of incarcerated women are mothers to children, a reality addressed as a core component of the program. CEO YNL includes courses on relationship repair, forgiveness, working through depression and shame, parenting from behind bars, and holistic character development. CEO YNL’s family reunification services include graduation ceremonies with families inside prison, community events outside prison, and access for families to Defy courses online. Defy believes in an all-inclusive, realistic reentry plan for EITs and is ready to address all the unique challenges women face upon release.

Aura Cacia is happy to support the opportunities that Defy offers women, in hopes to assist in moving lives forward each and every day.

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