The Dallas Foundation has done something right for a nonprofit organization to help them in their mission to change lives.
The Pegasus Prize continues to invest in innovation each year through this grant. It is awarded to non-profit organizations, charitable profit-making organizations, and hybrid organizations applying innovative approaches to meet the needs of the community. The award recognizes organizations applying new ways to solve current problems that are faster, cost effective, data-driven, and lead to better outcomes for residents of Dallas County.
Join FreeWorld received the Pegasus Prize of $ 50,000 from the foundation. The certified minority-led organization helps those exiting the criminal justice system find careers and aims to end generational poverty and recidivism.
âIt’s really heartbreaking because what we found out is that these are people who made serious mistakes, but they still wanted to be able to build a life for themselves and their families,â Wang said. “This is a second chance. For some people, this is their first chance given the way they have grown up.”
Jason Wang, CEO of FreeWorld and Dallas, knows the struggle. He was imprisoned as a teenager. Even when he got out he changed his life and got two master’s degrees. He still couldn’t find an employer who would give him a chance. Over the past three years he has dedicated his life to changing this for others.
âWhat this Dallas Foundation grant represents to me is an opportunity to give back to the same communities that I have taken so much from,â said Wang. âThe name of the company is FreeWorld and when I was incarcerated the Free World was prison slang for life outside the gates. As a prisoner, I used to say that I couldn’t wait to get out into the free world.
Over the past three years, FreeWorld has helped more than 1,000 people across the country move out of their lives to become productive members of society.