There are no other bullying, suicide and drug prevention programs like mine for addressing large audiences and assemblies. Check my references. I have done over 3,000 public school assemblies in 49 states, plus youth and corporate conventions, and colleges for a total live audience of over 800,000 people. My television program, “High on Adventure,” aired in 110 countries four times a week for two years. It is about making a difference. Many speaking venues bring me back repeatedly because what I do works.
Students have to want to change negative behavior. It is a choice that must come from within them. What they need is an incentive of encouragement that is powerful enough to make a life-changing difference.
My other goal is to encourage students not to tolerate bullying and to be willing to help a friend from slipping into drug, tobacco, and alcohol abuse.
As a motivational speaker, I share that life should be an incredible odyssey, a quest to develop and awaken young minds and to build their bodies into adventure machines to take them to where their dreams reside.
- In 2014, I was the keynote speaker at the California Statewide Foster Youth Leadership Convention at Chico State University.
- In Oct 2016, I was the keynote speaker for four days at a convention of over 8,000 early teens.
- My television program, “High on Adventure,” aired on the Loma Linda Broadcasting Network (LLBN) to 110 countries on satellite and cable four times a week for two years. It continues to air six years later on various networks.
- I was the keynote speaker at The State of Montana Middle School Teachers Convention; follow this link to read their reviews. Afterwards I spoke at 26 public schools in Montana, and then they brought me back to speak at the Middle School Principals Convention two years in a row along with dozens of more schools.
I am a story teller and I do it well as evidenced by my references. I use my life as evidence that that good choices overcomes everything, particularly when it is coupled with hope that a person can believe in…
I was a Navy Bomb Disposal Frogman, proudly serving my country, when a marijuana mistake ended my career. My downward spiral continued when I was arrested with 55 pounds of cocaine destined for John DeLorean, the flamboyant automaker; his beautiful wife was a movie star and the #1 supermodel on the planet. It fed an international media blitz. I was in big trouble on the world stage.
Mine is a whirlwind of adventure and intrigue with smugglers, hit men, and inmates as I tried to rediscover myself in prison. I became an honor inmate, and then chief engineer of Inmate Engine Company 52, where I led the response to save the crew of a B-1A supersonic bomber that crashed in the desert. I drove a fire engine out of the prison camp 17 times, with red lights flashing and siren wailing, and all the excitement of a prison escape, but we were about saving lives.
This is a story about hope as my childhood dream morphs into an ex-felon’s reality when just two years out of prison, I became chief diver and expedition leader for Captain Jacques Cousteau and went on an underwater odyssey of adventure. I use my stories of whales, dolphins, and great white sharks to capture young imaginations, and then spice my talk with smugglers, inmates, FBI agents, and Colombian hitmen to teach about life’s tougher choices.
I am fully committed in my efforts to save young people from bullying and suicide, as well as drug, alcohol, and tobacco abuse. I believe we are fighting a war for our children, which is well documented in this Center for Disease Control (CDC) study:
In 2016, the CDC reported that suicide is now the #2 killer of children 10-years old to young adults 25-years old. The #1 accidental killer is now drug overdose; automobile accidents are now #2 and far too often drugs, alcohol, and texting are involved in vehicular accidents.
This chart is from the 2016 study on deaths in the USA in 2014 by the CDC.
Arrington pardoned by President Obama 2017
In the more than 30 years since Stephen Lee Arrington was released from prison for a cross-country cocaine smuggling trip prosecutors tried to connect to automaker John DeLorean, the former Navy diver said his life has felt like “a series of real life miracles.”
Despite his conviction, the former Navy diver was hired by The Cousteau Society and traveled the world leading expeditions, and he’s spoken to thousands of young people across the U.S. about never giving up on hope.
But he wasn’t prepared for the phone call he got Tuesday morning.
“President Obama was signing my pardon and it would be announced today,” Arrington, 68, said by phone from his Pleasant, California, home hours after he and 272 others were granted either pardons or commutations of sentence.
“I had to hold back the tears and not cry,” Arrington said.
In DeLorean’s Shadow
The John Z. DeLorean drug trial ruled the headlines of newspapers worldwide. The case commanded the attention of the highest levels of the FBI, DEA, CIA, IRS, DOJ, Attorney General’s Office, Interpol, Number 10 Downing Street, and the White House. Get In DeLorean’s Shadow on Amazon!
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It involve Pablo Escobar the leader of the Medellin Drug Cartel, his #1 hit man, Rafael Salazar, “AKA Rafa,,and Max Mermelstien who smuggled 56 tons of cocaine into the United States—and sent over $300,000,000 back down to Medellin. The defendants were John Z. DeLorean, creator of the DeLorean Motor Car, Morgan Hetrick a Texas Maverick who claimed to be the #1 cocaine smuggler on the West Coast, and Stephen L. Arrington, Vietnam vet, USN bomb disposal frogman, pilot and author of this book.
Mine is a true story. Prepare to take an incredible journey into darkness, and eventually come out the other side, as a childhood dream morphs into an ex-felon’s reality
Steve is pleased to announce that he has just published his 6th book, CLUB FED on Amazon. It is available at an introductory price of $2.99. Just go to Amazon, and type in CLUB FED and it will be one of the first items listed.
Mojave Desert, 1984. During a training event, the Town of Boron volunteers accidentally burnt down their firehouse with the fire engine inside. It falls on inmates from the nearby prison camp to protect the small desert community. However, the convicts have to get a 1941 American LaFrance fire engine operational. It has sat in storage for over 20 years. Being honor inmates, they make a commitment to only steal the parts they need from government vehicles. Donning vintage firefighter turnouts from WWII, they soon realize that the uniforms they wear require that they become men of purpose. Can a ragtag gang of inmates actually become lifesaving heroes? Join them as they leave the prison camp for the first time on an emergency response. It has all the excitement of a prison escape with the fire engine’s siren wailing and the most amazing female prison guard-riding shotgun.
Winning the Gold
Stephen Arrington’s newest documentary, Dust to Dreams, wins gold at WorldFest, the largest independent film festival in North America.
Over 4200 films were submitted and Dust to Dreams won gold in the category, Documentary Short, Western. This documentary is ideal for schools and families as it teaches about values and suicide awareness.
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