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We provide self-directed programs to prepare at-risk populations for law-abiding, contributing lives.

The Michael G. Santos Foundation (MGSF), an IRS-approved 501[c][3] nonprofit organization, designs, develops, and implements program that help at-risk populations prepare for law-abiding, contributing lives.

Our strategy is rooted in the evidence-based practices that every successful citizen follows:

Values-based, goal-oriented living.

Such concepts, easily understood by those in law-abiding society, do not register so well with people who’ve been processed through the criminal justice system. The Michael G. Santos Foundation can help. We provide resources for administrators who work with at-risk youth and adult offenders, giving them the tools they need to show offenders how and why to pursue self-directed paths to law-abiding, contributing lives.

Michael G. Santos

Michael Santos made bad decisions as a young man. On August 11, 1987, authorities arrested him for trafficking in cocaine. While serving 26 years in prisons of every security level, he worked

  • to educate himself,
  • to contribute to society, and
  • to build a support network that would have a vested interest in his success upon release.

Michael concluded his prison term on August 12, 2013. San Francisco State University then hired Michael as a lecturer so he could teach The Architecture of Incarceration. He is uniquely qualified to show others that they can become more than the bad decisions of their past. Through the Straight-A Guide Reentry Program, we show other at-risk offenders self-directed strategies they can pursue to tune out the negativity of their environment and focus on living as law-abiding, contributing citizens. Contact Justin Paperny today to schedule a presentation of our Straight-A Guide program for your facility.

Justin Paperny

Justin Paperny is the executive director of the Michael G. Santos Foundation. In this capacity, he works with leaders of organizations and government agencies to prepare at-risk populations for law-abiding, contributing lives. The MGSF’s flagship product is called The Straight-A Guide. The MGSF organization offers two versions of this life-skills training program. The first version includes a 50-hour curriculum that comes complete with videos, literature, and workbooks. Facilitators rely upon the MGSF’s teaching resources to show participants how to move beyond the bad decisions of their past and position themselves for success. The second is a 24-hour job training program and part of the MGSF Straight-A Guide staffing service, providing a bridge that connects former offenders with employers. Offenders and at-risk youth identify with lessons taught through Straight-A Guide programs because individuals who triumphed over decades of imprisonment deliver the message of self-reliance. MGSF clients include The National Guard Sunburst Youth Challenge Academy, unified school districts, alternative schools, and correctional institutions. Please visit MichaelSantos.org for more information about scheduling a presentation at your facility. In addition to his role of leading the Michael G. Santos Foundation, Justin is a keynote speaker, and the author of Lessons From Prison and Ethics in Motion.  His areas of specialty include leading conferences or workshops on white-collar crime, fraud prevention, and ethics. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California and a former stockbroker. Justin is based in Los Angeles but has spoken across the United States for leading organizations and universities that include:

  • The FBI Academy, Quantico, VA
  • United Stated Pre-Trial Services Office
  • KPMG
  • Wells Fargo
  • New York University, Stern School of Business
  • Securities America, Inc.
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Pennsylvania State University, Smeal School of Business,
  • ACFE, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business
  • Wake Forest University