Transforming the lives of currently and formerly incarcerated individuals


Defy Colorado provides entrepreneurship training, employment readiness and personal development to currently and formerly incarcerated individuals.


When you support Defy Colorado, you are supporting transformation.

Defy Colorado was founded in 2017, and is already making a significant impact on currently and formerly incarcerated people. Working closely with the Colorado Department of Corrections, Defy Colorado has graduated over 80 Entrepreneurs in Training (EITs) in its program at Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility and Colorado State Penitentiary. New cohorts are currently operating at both facilities and our Defy Colorado Alumni program for graduated EITs who are still in prison is in full swing. Our first EITs began participating in our post release programming earlier this year. Our post-release program includes preparing the released individuals for success by connecting them with community resources, mentors and networking opportunities.Since inception over 300 community volunteers have dedicated their time and energy with Defy Colorado by coming to a class or an event.

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