Michael R. DeLeon is the founder of Steered Straight, Inc. a non-profit organization designed to carry a message regarding the extreme dangers of drugs, gang-involvement and criminal activity. Michael also founded the Project Pride Program while incarcerated in prison which messages that consequences are severe and life-lasting. Michael is an ex-offender who after nearly 8 years of drug addiction and gangs, spent 12 years in prison and half-way houses for a gang-related homicide. Since Michael’s release from prison, he has earned 3 Associates Degrees, a Baccalaureate Degree in Business Management, with a minor in Criminal Justice and a CADC Educational Certificate. Michael is now obtaining his Master’s Degree in Addictions Counseling and pursuing his LCADC. Michael has appeared as a Keynote Speaker and presented workshops on Addiction Disorders and is currently producing a documentary film on marijuana with Congressman Patrick Kennedy and former ONDCP Deputy Director Kevin Sabet.