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NBC National Prime Time Newstory on Stephen Arrington's work with youth at public schools and for youth organizations

Stephen Arrington featured on NorthState Action news speaking at Greenville High School in Northern California
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Want me to speak at your school or church? Here are some recent references:

A school drug, to***co, and alcohol education and motivational speaker is only as good as their last presentation. In the last three months, I have spoken to schools in five counties in Northern and Central California. Here is what they thought of my programs.
In Calaveras County, I spoke in a classroom to all of Mark Twain Elementary School’s 6th graders (6 periods). This is what the overseeing teacher, June Perry, submitted to the County TUPE Coordinator as a performance evaluation:
• "Students were totally involved in the presentation, videos, and slideshow"
• "Super positive message"
• "Students truly enjoyed and learned from this program"
• "Highly recommend it to more schools in Calaveras County"
I use my adventures as an Expedition Leader & Chief Diver for Captain Jacques Yves Cousteau to motivate youth to pursue their dreams through study, a commitment to be the best, and to take care of their health regarding the choices they make. I refer to our minds and bodies as our “Adventure machines.” See www.drugsbite.com.
“Stephen Arrington's message to young people comes straight from the heart. He cares about them and they feel his sincerity. His story is one of hope, second chances, adventure and heroism. The hardest part was fitting his message into the time allotted!” Ann Hill, TUPE Coordinator Trinity County.
As a public-school speaker, I have a sincere responsibility to make sure my programs are uplifting and motivational while sharing sensitive drug education issues. A student’s parents might be using medical ma*****na or could be recreational ma*****na growers. That means my message needs to focus on the known impact of ma*****na on young, developing minds and not be judgmental. I am also mindful when talking about the hazards of to***co, which is debilitating to a youth’s health, but for adults it’s a personal choice.
I share how va**ng “just water” damages lungs because the heating elements can shed nano-sized toxic particles of tin, lead and cadmium from the E-cigarette’s heating element into the lungs and then into the blood stream. Also, that most flavorings for E-cigarettes maybe FDA approved for the digestive track, however when heated and inhaled into the respiratory track they become toxic.
"Stephen Arrington's message of "If you make a mistake, it does not mean you are a mistake" was a captivating message that resonated with students. No matter what the mistake, they can pick themselves up and continue towards their dreams. Powerful message." De Funk, TUPE Coordinator, Modoc County Schools

“Siskiyou County Probation invited Stephen Arrington to speak at our first Resource Fair for kids and parents of our truant youths, and our Adult Probation and Parole Resource Fair. Arrington was insightful and appropriate with his message and reached all our age groups. I received positive feedback from those who attended- many felt hope and encouragement from his message.” Officer Charmain Mortenson, Siskiyou County

My job is to inspire students and to motivate them towards achievement despite obstacles. My theme is, “With dreams begins responsibility,” and “Hope that never surrenders.”

“Amazing, Steve came to one of our High Schools and brought along a TV crew, doing a story on him. As usual he had the students spellbound during his entire Presentation. He has added new information in his presentation regarding the hazards of va**ng and for recreational ma*****na. As usual, several of the students stayed after the presentation to ask Steve private questions, or to tell him their story that relates to his talk. What an inspiration!!! I am hoping to bring Steve to Plumas County several more times before the end of the school year.” Bruce Mulligan, TUPE Coordinator Plumas County

Video of the North State Action News Story that Mr. Mulligan is referring to can be found at www.drugsbite.com.

Please know that though I am a national speaker, over 3,500 public school assemblies to date, I offer budget rates in Northern and Central California because this is my home and I want to help my community. I am also available for summer programs. Please be aware that my August to November schedule fills up rapidly so don’t delay.

An important final note, I have a vast amount of experience as a speaker, including prisons, youth lock-ups, colleges, conventions and 100’s of churches. My largest audience was 10,000 youth. I know what I can and should talk about as well as subjects that need to be avoided. With all of that, I don’t get complaints, and that means if you book me, your reward will be nothing but positive responses. It is why I offer a 100% money back satisfaction guarantee that no one has ever asked for in 25 years.
On May 26th at 11:00 am (PST), I am blessed to be doing the service at Doug Bachelor’s church in Granite Bay. This is a huge honor as it will be live-streamed to viewers around the world. It can be viewed live at www.granitebaysda.org. It will also be archived on their home page. Visitors to the church are very welcome.

I have updated my program and videos because I really want to the best program of my 25-year ministry. At 9:30 am, I am doing a special youth Sabbath school that will focus on why youth and drug issues. To make good choices youth need to be informed. I will also talk about va**ng and synthetic drugs. I am a national expert on these subjects—in the last three months I have spoken at public schools in five counties around Sacramento and nationwide have done 3,500+ assemblies. At 7:00 PM, I will present “High on Adventure.” This is a family program with whales, dolphins and great white shark adventures and really fun footage of our mission work in Fiji which includes world-class scuba diving. If you would like to attend, the church address is: 3785 Placer Corporate Drive, Suite 600, Rocklin, CA 95765
On May 26th at 11:00 am (PST), I am blessed to be doing the service at Doug Bachelor’s church in Granite Bay. This is a huge honor as it will be live-streamed to viewers around the world. It can be viewed live at www.granitebaysda.org. It will also be archived on their home page. Visitors to the church are very welcome.
I have updated my program and videos because I really want to the best program of my 25-year ministry. At 9:30 am, I am doing a special youth Sabbath school that will focus on why youth and drug issues. To make good choices youth need to be informed. I will also talk about va**ng and synthetic drugs. I am a national expert on these subjects—in the last three months, I have spoken at public schools in five counties around Sacramento and nationwide have done 3,500+ assemblies. At 7:00 PM, I will present “High on Adventure.” This is a family program with whales, dolphins and great white shark adventures and really fun footage of our mission work in Fiji which includes world-class scuba diving. If you would like to attend, the church address is: 3785 Placer Corporate Drive, Suite 600, Rocklin, CA 95765

PLEASE SHARE SO WE CAN REACH MORE PEOPLE ABOUT OUR WORK IN FIJI AND HELP YOUTH WITH CHOICES!

National anti-drug and motivational speaker for public schools, churches, teacher and principal conv Steve's program fascinates both youth and teachers alike.

He has spoken in 49 states to over 1,400 elementary, middle, and high schools. Each of these schools is a positive reference for the effectiveness of his work. The DARE program has sponsored him into 32 states. NBC did a prime time news special on my public school program, and it has been featured in numerous magazines, hundreds of newspapers and has led to over 800 radio interviews. Steve is the

01/01/2019

Stephen Arrington with his inmate fire crew

THE SCREAM

A woman’s scream shatters the night. I hear a body slam against a wall as the woman struggles against an attacker. The violent sounds are coming from a dimly lit corridor not far from my bunk. I leap from the upper bunk to the floor ready to race to the woman’s aid.

Abruptly, a strong hand grabs my arm and pulls me back hard. The man who sleeps on the bunk below mine won’t let go. “Get back on your bunk, fool,” he whispered fiercely. “She already hit her radio’s panic alarm.” He peers past me, “Hurry, the man is coming…they will think you are a part of it.”

Locks clank loudly as steel doors slam open. The woman guard is choking and gasping as heavy boots pound down the corridor. Men are yelling—I quickly climb back onto my bunk. More guards pour into the dormitory. An inmate is thrown down just outside the corridor in a shadowed pool of light. Guards leap on him, nightsticks pound his head and body. The stout woman guard, the victim, elbows her way in and begins kicking the man on the floor.

Other guards race amongst the bunks jamming flashlights into men’s faces as they do a rapid head count. They are looking for other accomplices, but all of the remaining 59 inmates of A-Unit, aka, Animal House, are all on their bunks. No one looks suspiciously out of breath. The guards prowl amongst the bunks prodding the inmates with wooden batons, pulling back blankets, checking for clothing or shoes.

The attempted ra**st is cuffed and dragged away.

When the lights turn off, a few whispered words comes to me softly from the bunk below, “You, idiot.”

On my bunk, I am conflicted. It was completely against my character not to rush to the woman’s aid. I was a highly trained naval special operator, a combat frog. Coming out of the darkness I could have dropped the attacker hard—but I didn’t. Felons in inmate coveralls wear their sins on the outside, we are first viewed with acute suspicion and rightly so.

When I was arrested for smuggling co***ne, I surrendered any sense of honor. I had gotten only a five year sentence because my involvement was coerced. Yet, I was now a felon. My 14-years of military service as a war vet didn’t matter. Even my becoming a Christian in prison didn’t carry much weight with the guards. They contemptuously call it a “Jail House Conversion.” A commitment of convenience. In any case, a felon at a crime scene always loses.

Several nights later a winter thunder storm beats against the dormitory’s barred windows. It is cold and breezy, many of the six-inch window panes have been broken out. I am in a despondent mood as I pace about Animal House’s dark corridors. It’s been a long, stress-filled year at Terminal Island Federal Prison. I am silently raging, “God, let me out. I am a Christian now. What good could it possibly do to keep me incarcerated any longer?”

The morning finds me sitting on the grass at the South Yard. I am watching American Indian inmates heating rocks in a bonfire. Later, they will shovel them into a sweat lodge for a body cleansing ceremony. I’m just here for the fire. Smelling the smoke drifting from the burning wood pallets is a sensory trip back to happier times. I try to remember my Boy Scout Oath: On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to help other people at all times. To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

I wanted to cry.

I open my Bible and glance at the words beneath my fingers—abruptly, the stability of my world shifts.
When I sat down, my thoughts were speculative about my life in prison. I wondered how serving any more time in such a callous institution was going to make me a better person.

I stare in amazement at Romans 5:3-5, “But we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance, and perseverance, proven character and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint.”

Prison is my tribulation! If my incarceration is an ordeal in which to temper my moral fiber, then the tribulation that is my daily companion is leading me to growth in spirit and in character. I realize that as I reach for greater comprehension of who I am as a new Christian, that adversity aids me in that quest. Romans 5:3-5 became my rock to get me through prison.

A year later, I was the chief engineer of Inmate Engine Company #52 at Boron Prison Camp. When the 1st B1-A Supersonic Bomber to crash went down in the Mojave Desert six miles from our camp, I lead the emergency response. We saved two crew members, the pilot unfortunately died on impact. For 20 minutes, I was in-charge of that top-secret crash site. As Air Force rescue personal arrived at the scene they automatically deferred to me because my fire helmet had a chief's badge on its front.

Before prison, I had been the chief of Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team 11. Our specialty was aircraft carriers and military aircraft. Though an inmate, I was well qualified to lead that emergency response. It was the perfect gift, tailored for an inmate by our loving Holy Father.

My question of a year ago was answered. What good would come of my incarceration? God had been working on my character all along. I left the prison 17 times driving a fire truck with red lights flashing and sirens wailing to save lives. Leading a ragtag group of inmates in life saving incidents was the best gift God could have had given me. It was far better than a much less important “Get out of jail, early card.”

To don firefighter turns, was in a sense, like putting on garments of salivation. One cannot wear a firefighter’s uniform and not become a person of purpose and duty. It even fulfilled my Boy Scott Oath.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

If you liked this story, please share it. My New Year’s pledge is to write short stories weekly to help others particularly youth and families. To learn more about my work with youth visit www.drugsbite.com. For more of my story check out my book, “In DeLorean’s Shadow,” on Amazon.

07/18/2018

Diving with an 18 1/2 foot long Great White Shark

Just one of the exciting video clips I share at my presentations to capture the attention of children and youths.

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Fiji Braces for Category 5 Tropical Cyclone 02/20/2016

Fiji Braces for Category 5 Tropical Cyclone

Fiji Braces for Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Fiji is hunkering down as a formidable cyclone with winds of 186 miles per hour was bearing down on the Pacific island nation on Saturday.

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nbc.avi NBC Prime Time News Release on the Stephen Arrington Story. From Navy bomb disposal frogman, to co-defendent of the world famous John Z DeLorean drug trial, ...

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