The Founder, Phyllis McNeal...
Straight Talk, Program Inc. (STP) has received state and national recognition for serving youth and adults. Founded in 1990 by Phyllis McNeal MSW, Straight Talk Program, Inc. was established as a youth diversion and criminal justice program. Their hallmark speaker’s bureau provides a venue for formerly incarcerated people to give back to the community by sharing the impacts of negative life choices and positive experiences of redemption. STP also provides intervention, deterrence, and prevention services to help at-risk youth and adults learn to make healthy choices.
Straight Talk Program, Inc. client base includes formerly incarcerated persons, junior high students, senior high students, college students and parents. STP provides them with counseling services, individual plans, family plans, and court plans. The mentoring program offers coaching assists helping clients reach their personal and professional goals. After 29 years, Straight Talk Program continues to serve the Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, and Riverside Counties under the leadership of Phyllis McNeal, MSW retired Parole Agent II.
In a six-month study of 1,126 written evaluations of the Straight Talk Program, 87% of respondents rated the talks as excellent or helpful in assisting potential violators to reevaluate their lifestyles and redirect their choices. Of parents completing the same survey, 83% reported favorable observations of the program's impact on their children. Within the same group of youth and parents, 68% requested personalized services—with 37% of the requests originating from the youths.
Some of My Achievements
STRAIGHT TALK PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS
STP , California for Safety and Justice and other grassroots organizations Lobby Day at the Capital , Sacramento, CA on June 11, 2019. Recently, The California Assembly passed two bills that seek to bring equity to California’s criminal justice system. AB 1076, a bill to automate the expungement process statewide, and AB 1331, a bill that would expand California’s collection of criminal justice system data.
August 30, 2019