Steered Straight, Inc.
Steered Straight was founded in 2000 by Michael DeLeon. It has primarily been about the uniqueness of the messenger — a successfully acclimated ex-offender — someone who has suffered the consequences of negative decisions that can be easily identified by youth as a changed, motivated teacher. Our organization has grown to include both additional dynamic motivational speakers who are also ex-offenders, as well as those that have NEVER been in trouble in their lives, yet have overcome incredible obstacles to deliver a powerful message about life.
The ex-offenders are dedicated to helping steer youth in a positive direction, rather than reliving the mistakes they have made. Those without criminal backgrounds are dedicated to inspiring youth to achieve greatness and overcome every obstacle that they might face.
All of these individuals — both male and female, and representing various races and cultures — come from backgrounds with which today’s youth can identify. They have valuable stories to tell based on their own life experiences.
They have gone on to higher levels of education, developed into power speakers, and are successful and productive members of society. All are dedicated to steering youth to follow positive and productive paths.
With age comes reason. With experience comes reason also, but with experience comes so much more. Experience is the best teacher, and what better experience for youth than the realistic, living examples of poor life choices delivered to them by caring, learned, and sincere messengers delivering a message of hope and prevention.
Reaching out to the youth of our communities is a duty we all share, but especially for the ex-offender. So few men and women come back from that path to help guide the young travelers of today. Steered Straight accomplishes that goal for both parties: the messengers of hope and the ears and eyes of youth.
Steered Straight does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.
To reach youth and young adults through motivational speaking, life-sharing seminars and interactive curriculum in order to:
- Provide youth with real-life examples of negative consequences that resulted from making poor decisions.
- Impact the minds of youth to steer their lives in positive ways and encourage them to make positive life-choices.
- Give kids the ability to develop a sense of understanding about the positive and negative choices in their lives.
- Reduce the number of youth who end up in the criminal justice system due to making poor decisions.