The Real Deal on Crime, Drugs & Easy Money


"The Real Deal on Turning Yourself Around"

A powerful drug & alcohol abuse and violence prevention/intervention program

Ages 9-22 (grades 4-12, and college level)

Program Length: 40-75 minutes (varies with age level)


Ron shares his story to demonstrate how he was able to turn his life around. His honesty is a reality check showing kids where they may be headed unless they choose to turn their lives around. Offering them hope and possibilities, he teaches them that everything in life is a choice and that tomorrow's quality of life is based on today's decisions.


Ron connects with kids who feel alienated by the system. By relating to their pain, desperation and hopelessness he is able to show them why they are so angry, and why so many of them have given up on school, relationships, and their hopes and dreams. He identifies personal attitudes and issues that contribute to their feelings of isolation and low self-esteem, and provides them with ideas on how they can have control over "things that happen to me".


Ron challenges kids to believe first in the value of their own lives, and the importance of respecting themselves and others. He gives new hope and direction to those who are on the brink of making destructive, life altering decisions, and shows them how to take back their personal power and right to choose a better life. His energy, honesty, and realism reach even the most cynical.


PARENT PROGRAMS AVAILABLE – The Real Deal on Turning Kids Around

Programs are based on the Principles of Effectiveness, RTI Behavior Intervention Strategies, and reinforce the Forty Developmental Assets and State Standards.


Topics available for interactive workshops:

Abuse Issues - bullying, fighting, harassing, teasing 

Alcohol & Drug & Tobacco Abuse & Tobacco

Anger Management 

Career Development - job tips

Choices, Boundaries and Decision Making

Conflict Resolution

Gangs - if kids knew the real deal they wouldn't join

Health Realization - thoughts create reality

I Trust You... I Don't Trust You

Leadership Skills

Learned Behaviors - prejudices, attitudes, cultural awareness

Learning Styles and Labels - why learning may seem hard

Peer Mediation

Peer Pressure - avoid becoming an accomplice

Present Moment

Standup and Go Stand Next to Someone

Sticks and Stones

Student Leaders - for students exhibiting leadership skills

Helps Kids Avoid:

  • drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse
  • destructive decisions
  • feelings of low self-esteem
  • bullying, teasing, name calling
  • crime and violence
  • truancy and behaviors that inhibit learning
  • the seduction of gang life


Helps Kids To:

  • change how they think
  • understand their learning style
  • respect cultural diversity
  • believe in themselves and their potential
  • realize the impact of name-calling and other forms of verbal abuse
  • see that the only thing un-cool about needing help is not asking for it



Bullying, Teasing and Name-Calling

We are all aware of the harm of physical and sexual abuse, but very few people talk about the impact of verbal abuse. Sticks and stones and bullets can harm the body. Find out how abusive words destroy your child's spirit. Discuss the correlation between verbal abuse and violent behavior, drug and alcohol dependency and other destructive decisions.


Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Abuse

Students will discover the reality and understand:

  • Why they turn to drugs and alcohol;
  • How easy it is to become addicted;
  • What really happens when you're addicted;
  • How dangerous it is to think it can never happen to me;
  • How glorification of negative behavior and lifestyles in the media contributes to unhealthy choices.


How We Judge People in the First Minute

Every day we make snap judgments based on our interpretation of cultural values, and society norms. We believe what we see and see only what we believe. We are quick to label people and then respond to the label instead of the person. It's time to get out of our boxes and expand our comfort zones. This seminar teaches us how to learn from and be enriched by different cultures and traditions.


Learning Styles and Labels

People learn in different ways - by seeing, hearing, or doing. The way we learn can determine our strengths and weaknesses. Understanding the different styles and their impact on how we perceive and interact with our environment helps improve communication skills. Labeling brings one down. Labels communicate limitations and set expectations. Learn how to appreciate and understand our differences.


Learned Behaviors and Diversity Issues

We are all born innocent. We were taught prejudices, racism, violence, self-defeating attitudes, and self-limiting beliefs. These attitudes and beliefs often keep us from growing into the person we were meant to be. Identify personal attitudes and issues that may be keeping us stuck in patterns of violence, substance abuse, and destructive decision-making.


Live in the Present Moment

Are we waiting to live? Are we stuck in the past? How many of us give 100% each day? Life is a reflection of our actions. Choose to be alive now. Our attitudes and actions today determine the future. The power to change is always in the present moment.


Choices and Boundaries

You make choices every minute. You choose to tolerate. You choose to ignore. You choose to question, challenge, change, etc. What impact does your choices have? What kind of example are you setting? Take back your personal power to choose a better life. Choose the right to a safe and drug free life style.


The Real Deal on Crime, Drugs and Violence

Endorsed by kids, gang leaders, judges, police officers, counselors, educators, and parents - this program provides a powerful, practical message of hope and encouragement to kids, parents, educators, and other professionals who work with youth. Ron expertly strips away the romanticized media image of the cool, glamorous life-style of gang members and dope dealers. By sharing his life and healing process, he helps young people understand why so many of them have given up on life, are joining gangs, and turning to violence, drugs and alcohol at such young ages. Using real life experience, he illustrates the principles of positive decision-making and freedom of choice. His inspirational, dynamic style captivates audiences of all ages.