108live conference on Convene

Featuring Our Headline Presenter
Michael DeLeon from Steered Straight

Go to the registration page HERE, create a FREE account, follow the link for the 108 Challenge Live student assignment, answer a few survey questions, and print your certificate. Need help? There is a YouTube video that describes the process HERE.

Teachers can get credit HERE

108 Challenge Student Assignment

The event is over but it is not too late!

The 108 Challenge Live event will be available inside Convene Hope and Support as a permanent resource for students, parents, and school administrators.

Convene Hope & Support is all about bringing together resources, organizations, and people in one place to share valuable information. We were thrilled to have the top organizations in drug prevention involved, and you can connect with them inside the community.  Join for FREE, and join their groups.

Sponsored By:

Steered Straight logo

Drug Free America logo

108 Challenge

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare

Drug Free World

Yokefellow Prison Ministry

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones

Safe Project logo

SAFE Substance Abuse Family Education

Graphic Connections

Micah Brown Media

Carrie Walters

Provident Waste Solutions logo

Convene Communities The Ultimate Online Ecosystem

Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy

We Are Bringing You The Biggest Names In Drug Prevention and Nationally Recognized Professionals in the Use of Telehealth and Technology in Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment Programs!


of all teens say their home medicine cabinet is their number one source for drugs
- Journal of Drug Education


of all people with a substance abuse disorder began using before age 18



Opens the event with a song called "Rescue"

"America's Hidden Pandemic & How We Prevent it in Our Youth"

"My Journey to The 108 Challenge"

A virtual support and education experience arming your students with tools of prevention featuring our panel of speakers, supporters, coaches, and educators


"Introduction to Drug Free America and Telehealth Services"

"Therapy Services via Telehealth and Technology"

"Effective tools for Drug Prevention Through Education "

“Coming Together – You Make A Difference With Convene Hope & Support”

“Community Leader and Davidson County Community Partner introducing DC Connect, Inc., a recovery system of care “

"Dismantling Stigma"

Closing remarks

Virtual community and resource experience. Bringing resources together across the country to support people and families in recovery by creating a community of Hope and Support.


Michael DeLeon Founder of Steered Straight

Michael DeLeon
Founder of Steered Straight

Steered Straight logoMichael DeLeon is on a mission: A mission to educate the youth to stay on the right path when it comes to serious life issues, especially drugs.

He has become the #1 booked school presenter in the country.

Michael is the founder and powerhouse behind Steered Straight Inc., a non-profit organization formed in 2007 upon his release from prison and designed to carry an important message to youth on the extreme dangers of drugs, gang involvement and associated criminal activity.

Following the 16 Prevention Principles of NIDA and other evidence-based strategies, Steered Straight is the only Student presentation program in America that has multiple supporting modules that carry our message Back to The Classroom for a daily, weekly, monthly and annual enforcement message.

Eric Burgess of The 108 Challenge

Eric Burgiss
The 108 Challenge

108 ChallengeAs the founder of the Non-Profit 108 Challenge, Eric believes that YOU WIN- DRUGS LOSE through Prevention, Education and Community Awareness. Eric is a powerful speaker, sharing his own stories of addiction and recovery with the youth of America.  Eric believes that by sharing his story, he can help kids and young adults stay involved in things they love and away from drugs and alcohol.

Amy Ronhausen

Amy Ronshausen
Drug Free America

Drug Free America logoAmy Ronshausen is the Deputy Director of Drug Free America Foundation (DFAF), Inc. and Save Our Society From Drugs (S.O.S.), national nonprofit organizations that work to defeat drug legalization attempts, promote sound drug policies, and prevent drug abuse and addiction.

Mrs. Ronshausen also serves as the Executive Director for the Florida Coalition Alliance, representing over 30 community anti-drug coalitions. Freedom spoke with Amy at her office in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Wendy Danicourt

Wendy Danicourt
Head of Clinical Operations at Brave Health, Inc

Brave healthWendy is the Head of Clinical Operations at Brave Health, Inc, a telehealth provider for Mental Health and Substance Abuse services. She has been working in the social service field for more than 30 years and spent those three decades in various areas of all levels of care, all ages, substance abuse, mental health and dual diagnosis. Wendy has trained thousands of clinicians, assisted hundreds of clinics and programs to implement evidence based/best practices into their services. A pioneer in the use of telehealth in the substance abuse treatment programs, Wendy continues to measure, evaluate, and find ways to assist in services for those in need, their families and the community.

Speaking on Therapy Services via Telehealth and Technology

Julieta Santagostino

Julieta Santagostino
Effective tools for Drug Prevention Through Education

Drug Free WorldRaised in the Border Town of Juarez Mexico, From a very early age she saw first hand how much of a problem drugs were in the community not just those that consume it but also the effect that it has on the whole community. She saw that there was a big problem and not enough education on the reality of what drugs do not just to the individual but also the whole community. She became very passionate and driven on the subject specially on educating children.

Becoming the President for Foundation for a Drug-Free World Florida Chapter, since its Inception in 2007 and she’s been working non-stop ever since. Having personally delivered over 300 presentations and trainings to students, parents, teachers, law enforcement, government officials and community leaders, Not just in Florida and the US but also in other countries such as Honduras, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Mexico and Ireland. She's the host since 2013 of the radio segment "la verdad sobre las drogas" airing on Vida 99.1fm in Tampa.

Matthew Currin

Matthew Currin
Convene Communities

Convene Communities The Ultimate Online EcosystemMatthew Currin is a speaker, trainer, life coach, retired Marine Corps Helicopter Pilot, former helicopter EMS Pilot, and current Team Penske NASCAR pilot. He is the President and Founder of Convene Communities, LLC. Convene encompasses MatthewCurrin.com, ConveneCommunities.com, ConveneTraining.com and the Convene Application.

Specializing in lessons learned through life experiences, he is a coach, trainer, consultant, podcaster, radio show host and motivational speaker.


Sandy Motley
Executive Director at Davidson Medical Ministries Clinic

Sandy Motley started at Davidson Medical Ministries Clinic in 1992 as part-time Nurse Administrator. She is now Executive Director of a multi-specialty health care facility that operates two sites in Davidson County with 20 employees. She was a charter member of the North Carolina Association of Free Clinics, served as the first Vice President and the second President. She has mentored numerous clinics across the state in their start up process. Sandy obtained her Duke University Certificate of Nonprofit Management in 2006. She is currently a consultant with ECHO, Empowering Church/Community Health Care Outreach. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, pastor’s wife, daughter and a 30+ year veteran nurse.

Jonathan Tysinger

Jonathan Tysinger
Davidson County Substance Coordinator

Davidson CountyAs the Davidson County Substance Coordinator, Jonathan works with all issues related to substance use disorder in Davidson County, North Carolina. He develops and implements programming, coordinates and unifies existing efforts, and acts as a liaison between residents, government, and resources.

For the 108 Challenge LIVE!, Jonathan will deliver his talk "Dismantling Stigma" where he will discuss the impact of how we as individuals and as a society view homelessness, addiction and recovery.


Madison Jackson

Madison is 15 years old and a freshman at Ledford Senior High School. She was born in Marysville, Ohio and moved to Thomasville, NC in 2018, Madison loves to sing for the Lord. She is on the cheerleading squad and loves to spend time with her friends and family. Madison is thinking of pursuing a career in Orthodontics, but she’s not 100% sure, just yet. She is sure of the fact that she wants to help people in some way and loves to see people smile.


"The speech truly changed my life and I just want to let you know how much of an impact that it had on me. The speech was captivating and just left me speechless. Some of the statistics about vaping and marijuana are absolutely staggering and horrifying. It is just so sad to think about what America has come to. Thank you for making such a difference in my life, and for all those around you."

Freshman Student 2020

Steered Straight Testimonial

I would like to take the time to thank Steered Straight for presenting such a powerful and captivating presentation at our school. Michael and Aly did an incredible job depicting their life stories in such an eye opening way that our students were asking about them weeks later. The presentation sent a out a non filtered message that is needed to reach some of our most challenging students. It was a honor to be selected as a sponsored school and to have your program at our school touching lives. We are looking forward to you returning to us in the future. Thank you again for sending out your message and saving lives.

Kelli Richard-Lopez, Family Counselor Cypress Run Education Center

Steered Straight Testimonial

This will be our second time having Michael DeLeon as a guest speaker for our Middlesex County Sheriff’s, DARE/Jr. Police Academy.  We originally heard Michael speak at a family day in North Brunswick, and decided we needed to book him to speak to our kids.  He has a wonderfully powerful message to give, and the kids respond to him well.  He is captivating and very “real”, and the kids just soak up the information he puts out.  The fact that he made the wrong choices and paid the consequences, and learned from his mistakes is not lost on them, and they appreciate his candor. Our Jr. Academy is age specific for 5th and 6th graders, so the average child is around 10 years old, but I would recommend Mr. DeLeon for any age group.

Community Awareness Unit, Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office

Steered Straight Testimonial