Steered Straight is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing the youth of America with a powerful message of prevention in order to steer them toward positive life paths.
In addition to the presentations and programs designed for students, we offer four Professional Development Seminars. These seminars educate teachers, administrators and professional staff on the behaviors, identification, laws, and consequences surrounding the issues at hand. They also discuss methods for appropriately recognizing and addressing situations related to bullying, gang involvement, and drug and alcohol use/abuse.
“CURRENT YOUTH DRUG TRENDS”
There is a growing Epidemic across America when it comes to drug overdose and overdose death. There is an issue with understanding, and a true lacking of real information for educators and parents about how this epidemic migrated into suburban communities and how the age of first use, experimentation, and regular, habitual use and abuse has aged lower. This seminar explains better than any the signs and symptoms, what to look for, and how to collaboratively bring solutions to this social epidemic. Prescription misuse and abuse, synthetics and chemical drugs as well as heroin is explained and presented in a way to better prepare educators on how to solve the problem.
“ANTI-BULLYING BILL OF RIGHTS”
A very unique approach to this important legislation. This seminar educates its audience on how to distinguish and interject in acts of bullying between students. It also explains how laws, legal obligations, and attitudes towards bullying have progressed, in order to clearly define what is expected of staff when bullying occurs at school. In doing so, staff learn the most effective ways of stopping, treating and resolving bullying behaviors. It looks at where New Jersey is, and suggests improved methods – from a holistic approach – how the School Safety Team and School Community as a whole can better implement HIB policies. Michael DeLeon shares his expertise on bullying prevention, intervention and response including bullying that is: verbal, physical, bias-based, and also what takes place in cyberspace.
“Why The Streets – CURRENT DRUG TRENDS AND SUBURBAN GANG MIGRATION”
This seminar speaks to the presence and prevalence of gang involvement among students and the direct correlation to changing trends among youth with drug and alcohol use/abuse. This seminar explains the new reality of how the suburbs are a magnet for street gangs. Gang trends are changing and New Jersey has a very unique dynamic on how gangs, gang members, and gang activity / violence affects youth in different ways; specifically related to suburban gang migration. This workshop does not educate attendees about the history of gangs, but about how gangs affect our communities today. It addresses the dangers of street gangs and gang activity, specifically related to suburban gang migration. It incorporates the potentially harmful associations of peer groups, long-term consequences of irrational thinking and the unhealthy decision-making skills that some students suffer from. It also distinguishes appropriate punishments for gang-related activity in schools. Furthermore, it provides staff with the means of preventing potential gang involvement and intervening in ongoing gang activity among students specifically identifying the correlation to drug and alcohol use.
“Cultural Diversity & Motivating Students Suffering from Poverty”
This seminar speaks to the unique and atypical issues that students deal with in districts that have a very diverse culture as well as a high concentration of families that live well below the poverty line. These districts also contain a large number of students that have either a parent incarcerated, or live with a guardian other than a biological parent. The effects of incarceration on children of the incarcerated is something that few educators are trained in, and this workshop specifically addresses techniques and methods to teach through these issues. There are specific tools that can be used to motivate students that deal with these issues and methods will be discussed and developed.
I have been in education for 38 years and have attended countless PD workshops. I have never attended a more interesting and eye-opening workshop as I have today. Mr. DeLeon is dynamic. I will never forget this seminar.
This was the best workshop our district has ever hosted. It has opened my eyes like never before.
I want to thank the Monmouth County Office of the Public Defender for providing an unforgettable workshop. Steered Straight definitely changed how I will view gangs.
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