1958, grew up in Richmond, California, Leonard Neal once
formerly incarcerated in the California Prison system where he
served just short of 25 years consecutively for a multitude of
violent felonies. Once viewed as a threat to the social order,
he is now seen as a positive motivating force within society.
before, during, and after his incarceration to a special and
lovely woman whom together they are the proud parents of three
wonderful children, which have been the most influential
individual’s in his life, along with his mother, and her
Neal’s incarceration period, a transformation took place in his
life, which contributed to his survival and his present success.
Utilizing a variety of self-help groups and organizations,
educational and religious programs that were available, enhanced
his personal growth and desire towards becoming a productive
member within society today.
a core member of our newly created organization “Project
I.M.P.A.C.T. (Incarcerated Men Putting Away Childish Things)”,
an organization that has created a forum, which utilizes his
personal experiences to other individual. His dialogues with
these individuals are unique; but emphatic, not just sympathic
to those whose lifestyle has incarcerated them or who are at
risk of being incarcerated. His dialogue allows them to
understand that CHANGE is possible, not by words, but through
deeds and actions. Adopting a set of core principles, which
empowers one’s, self, will creates meaningful and lasting change
for self, family and society as a whole.
As an IMPACT facilitator
who’s desire in life is to be an inspiration to those who still
have the will to fight, he uses a saying that his departed
Grandmother use to say to him, “We ain’t never going to give
up”. He will not give up on them; he hasn’t quit and will not
let them. He believes that there is value in every human being
and for those who take up the fight to showcase their value,
he’ll be right there with them, doing the right thing, because
it’s the right thing to do.