Our volunteers truly change the lives of our EITs.
But they always say it’s the other way around.
“Defy has provided me a way to help people improve their lives. The organization helps people transition from prison to living a meaningful and productive life where they can be successful for the rest of their lives. Mentoring an EIT who is starting his own business allowed me to reframe and see my own business in better perspective. Seeing their efforts and enthusiasm has energized me! If you want to do practical things that make people's lives tangibly better, Defy is an excellent organization to get involved with.”
“Defy has enabled me to contribute to people in my community in a direct and meaningful way, and the EITs have inspired me on a deep level. As an entrepreneur who has been dealing with the challenges of being a business owner for many years, being able to pass on what I’ve learned onto the EITs adds another meaningful layer to my own work.
The dedication of both the EITs and staff are what keeps me coming back to volunteer with Defy. The fact that so many of the EITs show up to the events and are so open to being coached speaks volumes. The willingness and desire of the EITs to learn and grow despite the challenges of their background is my favorite thing about Defy.”
Co-founder and COO
“Defy has had a profound impact in my life because it has reaffirmed it is important to serve and have compassion for others and where they are in their life journey. I believe others should support Defy because it serves a shunned yet common population. Although some may be afraid to admit, most of us have a friend and/or family member with a criminal history. It surely runs in my family. More importantly, these EITs are looking to make something of themselves through entrepreneurship and that's amazing and why others should support this organization.”
Founder & CEO (Invictus);
Dir. of Property Management (SSMC)
“I initially volunteered Defy to give and to serve others. And while I'm grateful for the opportunity to do that, I always receive back much more in return whenever I interact with my newfound friends. Their hearts of perseverance, optimism, and hope is an absolute inspiration to me. Defy has forever changed my perspective on humanity. We are all more alike than different. And, I'm blessed to be a part of a small group that is creating an ever-growing ripple effect into the lives of many in a under-reached population. Margaret Mead reminds us, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.’”
CEO of Crimcheck and
Defy Los Angeles board member