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Reality Check Program Video - National Reviews


Jeff Kottkamp, Lieutenant Governor of Florida - "Larry Lawton's 'Reality Check' program is not only impactful---it has the potential to be life changing.  Children that watch the program will learn some very valuable life lessons."

Bill Cassara, New York - "In 30 years of working in television news programs (60-minutes, 20/20) I would count Larry Lawton’s "Reality Check" video as one of the most important videos for teens and young adults. It's tough talk from a man who knows first-hand about how easy it is to make poor choices. Larry Lawton's Reality Check Program is making a difference"

Jackie Thomas, Iowa City, Iowa - I am a mother, grandmother and para-educator in the Iowa City Public School System. I have been a Montessori pre-school teacher for 7 years and have worked with children for 25 years. I believe the Reality Check Program video by Larry Lawton is wonderful. It definitely describes the consequences of what can happen when a person gets on the wrong path. It is real and eye-opening. Both teenagers and adults would definitely benefit from watching this video. I highly recommend it!

Buzzy Martin; a Californian, musician, child advocate and author of "Don't Shoot! I'm the Guitar Man" - I have spent the last seventeen years working with and teach incarcerated at-risk youth in juvenile halls and share Mr. Lawton's wish that those at-risk youth of adult criminality get an accurate picture of what may lay ahead in prison life.  After watching Mr. Lawton's Video "The Realty Check Program" I would highly recommend this amazing most powerful story to all juvenile halls and probation camps for at-risk youth to hear this incredible experience.  My friend Larry walks the walk and talks the talk.  He has a message that everyone should hear.  This man’s personal story of survival in Prison and the transformation to what he is now is a must see. 

Sheriff Jack Parker: “It is one more tool that might help get a young adult out of trouble.”

Rockledge Police Chief, John Shockey: “The video’s have proven to be a wise and valuable investment in the youth of our community. I highly recommend the Reality Check video to any law enforcement agency.”

Norm Wolfinger, Brevard & Seminole County State Attorney - “Watching your video for the 2nd time, I can see why you influence these young adults to consider making good choices – your real and your stories were lived.”

Judge David Silverman - “The Reality Check Program is designed to impart hope to each participant … Coming from an ex-con who reinvented himself, it is a message that resonates with force and clarity for many teens and young adults and that can have a profound effect on their self image, their conduct and their future.”

Robin Lemonidis, Defense Attorney – “This video is a must for kids starting to act out.”

Judge Morgan Laur Reinman – “The Reality Check program has proven to be an effective tool for the court in helping at-risk juveniles recognize the consequences of their actions.”

Gary Bacon, Father - This is a GREAT program. My son has done a 180 degree turn around. I highly recommend the video.

Theresa Nunez, Mother, Middle School Teacher - Having my own four children and five grandchildren and having taught 120 sixth grade elementary students over the past five years and after watching the Reality Check Program Video, I can assure any potential buyer of the video that it is money well spent.  Mr. Lawton tells his story of life in prison and impressed me with his honest, no nonsense way of telling kids and adults to make good choices and how they won't have to live the life he did if they do make good choices. What I think my own kids realized after watching his video is that they would not want to miss any time with their families.  Mr. Lawton missed many years with his wife and two children, parents and sisters and brother and that time can never come back. I think that my sixth grade students would definitely benefit from this video in that at this very critical age teenagers are so impressionable and influenced by their peers. It would be a great addition to the public school middle and high school curriculum. I endorse this video for kids and adults of all ages over 11. Parents and children will benefit watching and putting into practice the information Mr. Lawton presents.


Matt Crystal (Father) - "Hi Larry - just wanted to let you know that Kyle really got a lot out of your program today. He was full of stories. He's a very proud kid, so he's not the type to say "gee Dad, thanks getting this video for me." But I think it was a wakeup call for him because he has been making some VERY bad choices. Thanks so much for all you do Larry. It's obvious that you have a passion for helping young people make better choices and realize the potential that each and every one of them have to lead happy, healthy, and successful lives and make choices that will help them grow and thrive. You're truly one in a million. Thanks again!"

Steve Hurley, Corporate Manager – “I think I can safely say that Larry created this Reality Check Program with one objective in mind - to help and assist adolescents and young adults who he sees going down the same path he did. Larry frequently refers to this path as "making bad choices" and he is living proof that bad choices don't pay and if you reverse the bad choice, lives can be turned around.”

Loving Parent – “Good Morning Larry; just wanted to let you know how well my son is doing. Our lives have completely changed. We watched your video 3 times. He and I have a better relationship. He got 3 A's, 3 B's and 1 C on his report card. We are very happy now.  Just wanted to thank you for everything.......and thank you for caring!!!!”

Sam Zurich, Professional Bowler and Father - "Every bowling center has a youth program, but this video is the best tool I have ever seen to help kids stay on the straight and narrow, on target and out of the gutter"

Ashley (17 year old) – "hey whats up. Thank you again, I can’t help but make the right choices now. Prison freaks me our now for sure."

Kyle (16 year old after watching video) – "Dude your shit was straight up and it really made me open up my eyes and realize I can’t f--- UP. I probablly would still be going and pullin likks and stealing shit. But after your program, ive changed. You are a good man Larry."

Michelle (15 year old) – "Larry, thank you for helping me turn my life around and relizeing everything in this world can be different u just have to change it yourself well my jpo is currently turminating my probation a year early because I done everything I was suppose to and never got in trouble so that’s good, thanks."

Cai Griffiths, College Student - “Even if just a few of Larry’s hard-earned lessons hit home, or at least encourage a little independent thought, it’s worth the watch.”                                                          

Faith Wheeler, Mother - “I first heard about Larry Lawton and Reality Check Program when my son was getting into a little trouble last year. I did some research and when I found out what it was about I figured it couldn’t hurt. I got a copy of the video and Zac and I watched it together. I was a little taken at first from some of the things I heard on the video and wasn’t sure I wanted Zac to hear them. The next day I came home to find Zac watching the video again. Then a couple days’ later he was watching it a third time with his cousin. I started to talk to Zac more about it and I understood that what he got out of it was different than what I got out of it. I’m an adult and already know the difference between right and wrong and he is just learning so therefore he really learned something from it. I can honestly say it was money worth spending; it has been a year since Zac got in trouble and 9 months since he watched the video. I recommend this video to every teenager even if they haven’t got in trouble I will make them think about making bad choices. Kudos to Reality Check, thank you for caring.”