Bob Peterson, Denver Colorado – Thanks Reality Check, this video program gave my son back to us. It is helping him to make good choices. He is at risk as all teenagers are, now he thinks before he acts – he does not want to ruin his life because of a stupid mistake.
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.
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 for getting this video for me.” But I think it was a wake-up 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!”
Pam D – Your Reality Check video is very is a real eye opener. My husband and I watched it, first. But I broke down in the middle and couldn’t finish. Our son and my husband then watched it together. It had quite an effect on our 19 yr. old son. Thank you for letting God use you in this way to help our teens and young adults.
Brevard County Judge – “This is the best video to help teens and young adults I ever saw”
Robin Lemonidis, Defense Attorney – “This video is a must for kids starting to act out.”
Gary Bacon, Father – This is a GREAT program. My son has done a 180 degree turn around. I highly recommend the video.
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 three 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”
Kyle (16 year old after watching the 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 watchin your program, ive changed. You are a good man Larry.”
Tracy DeGraaf, Mother of 5 Boys – Monee, IL – “Larry Lawton’s video, The Reality Check Program, should be required viewing for every parent and adolescent in America! Whether you think your kids would never stray down the wrong path, or if they are already on the slippery slope leading to trouble, this video is for YOU! I encourage all parents to purchase the program and watch it with the young people in your life. You’ll be glad you did!”
Sheriff Jack Parker: “It is one more tool that might help get a young adult out of trouble.”
Rockledge Police Chief, John Shockey: “The Reality Check Program video has 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.”
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.”
John Stafford, College Student – “The Reality Check Program describes what prison life is really like and how you have the ability to make the right choice in life. Lawrence Lawton paints a very vivid picture of the reality you will face because of a bad choice. He lost his freedom and served eleven years in jail. Mr. Lawton had to watch his children grow up from behind bars. He cares about you and gives you an honest and straight forward plan for staying out of jail. He doesn’t want you to have to go through any sort thing similar to the hell that he faced everyday. You will think twice before making a wrong decision that could land you in the slammer.”
Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide ~ Reality Check Program Video – This documentary features ex-convict Lawrence Lawton explaining his harrowing time behind bars, and educating viewers on how they can make the right choices so they don’t follow in his footsteps. Aimed primarily at teens, Lawton’s forceful stories detail how making the right decisions early in life can lead to a much happier existence.
School Library Journal, February 1, 2010 reviews The Reality Check Program Video –
Gr 7 Up—Lawrence Lawton admits to making many bad choices in his life, some of which led him to spend 11 years in prison for racketeering and other crimes. He lost his family and was denied many freedoms taken for granted by most of us. From the perspective of someone who has “been there,” he developed this program as part of a broader series of services (Reality Check Program Services) which aim to help teenagers and young adults avoid a similar fate. In clear and sometimes explicit language, he shares exactly what occurs in prisons on a daily basis as well as the long-term consequences of an arrest record and incarceration. His emphasis throughout is on good decision making, especially in the choice of friends. It’s not as if young people haven’t heard these warnings before, but this time they come from a person who speaks from first-hand experience. The program, which offers a chapter selection option, employs prison photographs which might be unsettling to viewers, but that’s exactly the reaction desired. Lawton, who is now a paralegal, stresses that young people can easily lose many of their prime years in a hostile, threatening, and sometimes deadly environment and then return to an unforgiving society. The presentation sometimes seems preachy and canned, which may turn off some of those he is trying to reach, but getting through to even one potential inmate makes it all worth while. The film can be used in a variety of individual, school, and community settings. A careful preview is warranted before purchase, but school support staff members may welcome this title.—Dwain Thomas, formerly of Lake Park High School, Roselle, IL