“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” - Arthur Ashe
Here at Treats for Chickens, we have one main goal that we strive to reach every day. That mission is to bring back the healthy, natural lifestyle of the backyard chicken. Each and every one of our products was specially crafted to have its own unique and beneficial objective.
Our girls supply us daily with fresh eggs, love, comfort, and humor. Just like how we make these products to give back to our flock – we also believe in giving back to the community. We routinely donate Organic/Non-GMO product ranging from animal shelters all across the Bay Area, to stray chickens in our local Peets Coffee parking lot.
Although the backyard chicken is our foremost focus – we also believe in giving back to those who don’t necessarily receive second chances in life.
“Second chances are not given to make things right, but are given to prove that we could be better even after we fall.” – Unknown
Treats for Chickens volunteers with Defy Ventures – a non-profit organization that helps to transform the lives of business leaders and people with criminal histories through their collaboration along the entrepreneurial journey.
Defy (v.): To challenge or dare a person to do something deemed impossible
Defy Ventures harness the natural talents of formerly incarcerated individuals and redirect them toward the creation of profitable and legal business ventures. Defy recognizes that many former drug dealers and gang leaders can become successful, legal entrepreneurs. Defy “transforms the hustle” of their formerly incarcerated Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) by offering intensive leadership development, Shark Tank-style business plan competitions, executive mentoring, financial investment, and startup incubation.
Transform (v.): Make a thorough or dramatic change in the form, appearance, or character of
Here’s a quick rundown of how Defy works: Just for a second, forget the labels “inmate”, “prisoner”, “felon”, “bad guy”, whatever it may be. A participant of this program is known as an Entrepreneur-in-Training (EIT). It is a 10 step series over a 10 week period (this could vary depending on the institution as well). There are typically two video recorded courses with three hours of instruction, four days per week. EITs keep a Defy Journal, and jot down their thoughts/notes as the weeks go on, and as they complete their assignments. They reflect on these thoughts and personal self-discoveries as they make their way through the program.
“We’re all ex-somethings. I wish we’d ask ourselves, ‘What would it be like if I was only known for the worst thing I’ve done?’ Moved by empathy, we’d recognize people for who they are today and not for the mistakes they made yesterday. Millions with criminal histories would unlock their potential.” - Catherine Hoke, Founder and CEO of Defy Ventures
Curious to know more? Check out these 2 awesome companies who are just a few out of many that also believe in second chances.
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Treats for Chickens Founder/CEO, Dawn Russell, and Project Manager, Jessica Bowman, attended the first ever business pitch competition inside Solano County State prison in December, 2015 and to-date, continue to volunteer inside the prison walls to turn illegal hustle into profitable, legal, beneficial business.
Click this link to read how our experience was: