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The Straight-A Guide Program

The Michael G. Santos Foundation (MGSF) is proud to introduce its comprehensive module to prepare adult prisoners and juvenile offenders for their return to society as law-abiding citizens. MGSF bases its program content on the Straight-A Guide curriculum, written by Michael G. Santos. The extent to which individuals commit determines their potential for success or optimal performance. In brief, the seven attributes of the Straight-A Guide include the following:


Attitude: Individuals who reach the highest levels of success begin with a 100 percent commitment, and their attitudes reflect such a commitment. They focus exclusively on what they’re striving to become. To the extent that they keep everything they think, say and do in harmony with the values by which they profess to live, they succeed.

Aspiration: As individuals commit to live their values and achieve their goals with an unwavering, 100-percent attitude, they set aspirations with clarity. Their aspirations enable Straight-A Guide participants to envision exactly what they’re striving to become, empowering them with energy from within to invest all of their thoughts, actions, and words into becoming those aspirations—whatever they may be.

Action: As participants in the Straight-A Guide programs demonstrate their commitment to success with their 100-percent attitudes, and those attitudes lead to aspirations, the aspirations lead to clearly-defined, carefully calculated, incremental action steps. Aspirations without 100 percent commitment to action plans rarely amount to more than fantasy. Straight-A Guide participants succeed to the extent that they take deliberate action steps versus relying on chance, randomness, or luck.

Accountability: With their absolute commitment to leading deliberate lives, those who embrace principles of the Straight-A Guide take incremental steps with clearly defined timelines and milestones. They announce what they’re striving to achieve, and they further their commitment to success by inviting others to hold them accountable. By developing tools to record their incremental progress, Straight-A Guide participants have the necessary tools to evaluate their performance, making purposeful adjustments when necessary.

Awareness: By leading deliberate, values-based, goal-driven lives, those who commit to the Straight-A Guide sharpen their awareness. That awareness has a double benefit: it enables Straight-A Guide devotees to make the most effective use of atmospherics and of the resources around them. Further, an ancillary benefit comes through the awareness of others. Individuals who commit to the Straight-A Guide programs engender an awareness that leads to respect, admiration, and support. The more individuals live with transparency and integrity, the more awareness they generate, and vested interests in success follows.

Achievement: Those who commit to the Straight-A Guide celebrate every achievement. They understand that overnight success requires years of carefully crafted aforethought. It requires a 100 percent attitude and incremental action steps that lead to clearly defined aspirations. In order to foster continuously renewable energy, they celebrate every achievement. Success is a journey that lasts a lifetime, with each incremental step being an achievement to celebrate.

Appreciation: Individuals who embrace the Straight-A Guide live in a continuous state of gratitude. They appreciate the myriad blessings around them, striving to take every opportunity to thank God and those around them for inspiration to lead values-based, goal-oriented lives. They create opportunities, meaning, and fulfillment from the choices they make throughout every day.

How does the MGSF Prisoner Re-entry Program work?

The Michael G. Santos Foundation (MGSF) invites prisoners to participate in its free-of-charge, comprehensive program called the Straight-A Guide. The Straight-A Guide prepares participants to overcome the challenges they face through imprisonment, helping them to emerge with values, skills, and resources that translate into meaningful, law-abiding lives as contributing citizens.

The Straight-A Guide is a self-preparation system based upon the strategies that empowered one federal prisoner through a 45-year term in prisons of every security level. The extent to which participants commit to the Straight-A Guide determines their potential for success or optimal performance in all areas of their lives, including: educational achievement, physical fitness, spiritual awareness, personal relationships, building support networks, financial literacy, leadership training, personal discipline, and career preparation. Active participants lead values-based, goal-driven lives.

MGSF offers the Straight-A Guide program at absolutely no financial cost to prisoners. Its mission is to encourage participating prisoners along their path to redemption. To enroll in this free, self-directed program please proceed through the simple steps that follow:

1)      Send an “invite” from your prison’s email system to: SAG@STRAIGHT-A-GUIDE.COM

2)      Upon receiving a response from an MGSF representative, send a message with the following information:

  • a) Your full name
  • b) Your prison registration number
  • c) Name of your Prison / Housing Unit
  • d) Your prison’s mailing address
  • e) City, State, and zip

3)      Upon receiving your identifying information, MGSF will send (via US Mail) a free copy of Triumph! The Straight-A Guide to Conquering Imprisonment and Preparing for Reentry

If you decide that you would like to participate in the Straight-A Guide program after reading Triumph!, simply follow through by sending a second e-mail message with your response to the following question:

 How would you define emerging from prison successfully?

You may respond to the question with as much or as little information as you deem appropriate. Your journey on the Straight-A Guide path begins with documenting the your self-directed, deliberate preparation for success. Next, upon receipt of your response, MGSF will enroll you in the Straight-A Guide program and send the following books at no cost to you:

  • The Straight-A Guide Participant Workbook

MGSF will also send regular updates with suggestions on how to build your personal Internet profile, how to build a stronger support network, and how to develop opportunities to ease your transition upon release. You may invite your loved ones to follow your progress as you document your commitment to preparing for success on the following website:



 Michael G. Santos Foundation

PO Box 261908 / Los Angeles, CA 91426



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