Educating and Empowering Young People

Real Talk has reached more than 15,000 high school and college students across the state of Florida through honest discussions about the physical and mental effects of substance abuse.

What is Real Talk?

Real Talk is a combined initiative of Advanced Recovery Systems and the Miss Florida Scholarship Pageant. Real Talk educates Florida high school and college students about the effects of substance abuse through in-person assemblies with Miss Florida or other pageant participants.

The Real Talk curriculum incorporates prevention techniques included in The Alcohol Literacy Challenge™, developed by nationally-recognized researchers Michael Dunn, PhD and Thomas Hall, PhD. The Alcohol Literacy Challenge™ is the first classroom-based prevention program that specifically challenges students’ beliefs about the effects of drinking alcohol.

McLean and the Real Talk Ambassadors use this curriculum as a springboard to educate students on the risks associated with newly emerging drug trends and equip them with skills on how to abstain from dangerous behaviors. The Real Talk presentation is offered free of charge and is appropriate for ages 13+.

Check out Michaela McLean’s, Miss Florida 2020, Virtual Real Talk Event: Watch Now

About Real Talk Ambassadors

Our Real Talk ambassadors are current and past Miss Florida Scholarship Program candidates. These young women are passionate about fostering open, honest discussions about drug and alcohol abuse with high school and college students.

Through small group assemblies at schools and colleges, Real Talk contributors encourage students to ask questions about substance abuse, share their experiences without guilt or fear, and embrace healthy habits for their futures.

Each Real Talk ambassador welcomes students to talk openly about the realities of substance abuse in a supportive, judgment-free environment.

As of July 2019,  Florida became the third state in the nation to require mental health education in public schools. Schools can incorporate the information into preexisting curriculum and classes or use outside educators or organizations, like Real Talk, to help deliver this crucial instruction. 

If your school or university is located in Florida and you’d like to host a Real Talk presentation, reach out to schedule a date and time.

To book your Real Talk presentation, complete the form below.

Michaela McLean

Michaela McLean

Real Talk Ambassador 2019, 2020

MISS FLORIDA 2019 — Michaela McLean, Miss Florida 2019, joins us as the official spokesperson for the 2019 Real Talk School Tour! She recently graduated from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, studying Dance and Public Relations with a specialization in Sports and...

Read More

Taylor Tyson

Taylor Tyson

Real Talk Ambassador 2018

MISS FLORIDA 2018 — Taylor Tyson is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Florida Atlantic University, accepted to Stetson University's College of Law. Classically trained since age four, Taylor has studied piano with Van Cliburn winner Vladimir Viardo, at Boston University's Tanglewood Institute,...

Read More

Sara Zeng

Sara Zeng

Real Talk Ambassador 2017

MISS FLORIDA 2017 -- Sara Zeng has hosted successful Real Talk presentations across the state of Florida. Sara graduated from Florida State University in 2017 with a degree in music education and plans to pursue a career teaching children about music. Sara is an incredibly talented piano player...

Read More

Courtney Sexton

Courtney Sexton

Real Talk Ambassador 2016

MISS FLORIDA 2016 - Courtney Sexton represented Orlando in the 2016 Miss Florida pageant and won the title on July 2, 2016. She was the first Miss Florida titleholder to represent the Real Talk campaign. As a spokesperson for the campaign, she visited 23 middle and high schools in Florida to...

Read More

Alana Scheuerer

Alana Scheuerer

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS ST. PETERSBURG 2020 Alana Scheuerer joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is a recent two-time graduate of Florida State University, from Coral Springs, Florida, with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management and Tourism and a Master of Arts in American Dance Studies....

Read More

Anastasia Valimaki

Anastasia Valimaki

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS HOMESTEAD 2020 -- Anastasia Valimaki joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is a Master's student at the University of Florida, from Lantana, Florida, studying Biomedical Engineering. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Anastasia also dedicates her time to Gear Up 4 STEM...

Read More

Ashley Klement

Ashley Klement

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS PALM BEACH COUNTY 2020 -- Ashley Klement joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is a Junior at Florida Atlantic University, from Cooper City, Florida, studying Health Sciences with a concentration in Public Health and a dual minor in Health Administration and Psychology....

Read More

Cairo Eubanks

Cairo Eubanks

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS BROWARD COUNTY 2020 -- Cairo Eubanks joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is a graduate of Cornell College, from Mount Vernon, Iowa, and studied International Relations with a Concentration in Africana Studies. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Cairo also dedicates...

Read More

Carlehr Swanson

Carlehr Swanson

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS FORT LAUDERDALE 2020 -- Carlehr Swansonj oins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is a 2nd year maste's student at the University of Miami, from Miami, Fl, studying Jazz Vocal Performance. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Carlehr also dedicates her time to Music is Unity...

Read More

Cassie Roby

Cassie Roby

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS JACKSONVILLE 2020 -- Cassie Roby joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2019! She is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering at Florida State University, from Destin, Florida. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Cassie also dedicated her time to Women in STEM and has been the Feature...

Read More

Cassidy Goldman

Cassidy Goldman

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS WINTER HAVEN 2020 -- Cassidy Goldman joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is a senior at the University of North Florida, from Jacksonville, Florida, studying Communications: Multimedia Journalism. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Cassidy also dedicates her time to...

Read More

Gracie Westerfield

Gracie Westerfield

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS POLK COUNTY 2020 --  Gracie Westerfield joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is a rising senior at Florida Southern College, from Lakeland,Florida, studying Business Administration with a pre-law minor. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Gracie also dedicates...

Read More

Jordan Thorp

Jordan Thorp

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 2020 -- Jordan Thorp, Miss University of Florida joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020. She is a Senior at The University of Florida from Gainesville Florida, studying Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Disabilities in Society, and she is on...

Read More

Julianna Chappell

Julianna Chappell

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS GAINESVILLE 2020 -- Julianna Chappell joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is a Junior at the University of Florida, from Clearwater, Florida, studying Construction Management. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Julianna also dedicates her time to Girls on the Run and...

Read More

Kelty Zavitz

Kelty Zavitz

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS PASCO COUNTY 2020 -- Kelty Zavitz joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! In just three years, she graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, with a degree in Elementary Education. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Kelty also dedicates her time to Sing...

Read More

Leah Roddenberry

Leah Roddenberry

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS TAMPA 2020 — Leah Roddenberry, Miss Tampa 2020 is currently a senior at the University of Florida majoring in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. Upon graduation from UF, she plans to pursue her juris doctorate. Leah’s very involved on campus and is currently a UF Dazzler and...

Read More

Leila Sabet

Leila Sabet

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS FLORIDA CITRUS 2020 -- Leila Sabet joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, and certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies, from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. In addition to serving as an...

Read More

Lindsay Bettis

Lindsay Bettis

Community Outreach Associate

MISS WINTER PARK 2020 —A Lindsay Bettis, Miss Winter Park, joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is a senior at the University of Central Florida from St. Augustine, Florida, studying Marketing. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Lindsay also dedicates her time to...

Read More

Lindsey Franxman

Lindsey Franxman

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS ORLANDO 2020 -- Lindsey Franxman joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is a Master's Degree Candidate at the University of Florida, from Winter Garden, FL, studying Mass Communication specializing in Public Relations. She graduated with Distinction from Indiana University in...

Read More

MacKenzie Brewer

MacKenzie Brewer

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS LARGO 2020 -- MacKenzie Brewer joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is a junior at The University of South Florida, from Valrico, Florida, studying Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Neuroscience. In addition to serving as an ambassador, MacKenzie also dedicates her...

Read More

Madison Zavitz

Madison Zavitz

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS OSCEOLA 2020 -- Madison Zavitz joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is a recent graduate from Bowling Green State University, where she studied Musical Theatre, Acting/Directing and Communication. Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, Madison is now a performer at Universal...

Read More

Natalia Panozzo

Natalia Panozzo

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS GOLD COAST 2020 -- Natalia Panozzo joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is a freshman at Palm Beach Atlantic University, from West Palm Beach, FL, studying Music Education. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Natalia also dedicates her time to Advocating S.T.E.A.M, the...

Read More

Page Mackenzie Weinstein

Page Mackenzie Weinstein

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS SOUTH FLORIDA 2020 -- Page Mackenzie Weinstein joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from The University of Alabama, with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Telecommunication & Film. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Page also dedicates...

Read More

Aaliyah Manning

Aaliyah Manning

Real Talk Ambassador 2019

MISS RIVER CITY 2019 —Aaliyah Manning, Miss River City joins us as a Real Talk Ambassador in 2019! She is a junior at The University of Central Florida from Jacksonville, Florida, studying Mass Communications. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Aaliyah also dedicates her time to...

Read More

Izzy Skormin

Izzy Skormin

Real Talk Ambassador 2019

MISS PASCO COUNTY 2019 — Izzy Skormin, Miss Pasco County, joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2019! She is a junior at the University of Central Florida from Orlando, Florida, studying finance. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Izzy also dedicates her time to advocating for...

Read More

Janiah Mccray

Janiah Mccray

Real Talk Ambassador 2019

MISS MIAMI BEACH 2019 – Janiah McCray, Miss Miami Beach, joins us as a Real Talk Ambassador in 2019! She is a sophomore at Valencia College from Coral Springs, Florida, studying Biomedical Sciences. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Janiah also dedicates her time to serving her...

Read More

Lauren Nielsen

Lauren Nielsen

Real Talk Ambassador 2019

MISS TAMPA 2019 — Lauren Nielsen, Miss Tampa, joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2019! She is a 2015 musical theatre graduate of the University of Tampa, from Bradenton/Sarasota, Florida. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Lauren also dedicates her time to Uniquely You;...

Read More

Megan Price

Megan Price

Real Talk Ambassador 2019

MISS CITY BEAUTIFUL 2019 — Megan Price, Miss City Beautiful, joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2019! She is a recent graduate of Florida Southern College from LaBelle, Florida, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Multimedia Journalism. In addition to serving as an ambassador,...

Read More

Alexandra de Roos

Alexandra de Roos

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS GAINESVILLE OUTSTANDING TEEN - Alexandra de Roos joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is a high school Senior at the Professional Children’s School, from Winter Haven, Florida. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Alexandra also dedicates her time to her non-profit...

Read More

Alexis Palacios

Alexis Palacios

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS LARGO OUTSTANDING TEEN -- Alexis Palacios joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is a junior at Steinbrenner High School in Lutz, Florida. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Alexis also dedicates her time to supporting others while a parent is battling breast cancer. She...

Read More

Amelia Grace McDonough

Amelia Grace McDonough

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS FLORIDA GATOR & OUTSTANDING TEEN -- Amelia Grace McDonoughjoins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is a Freshman at Ponte Vedra High School, from Ponte Vedra Beach, studying in the schools Biotech Academy. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Amelia Grace also dedicates...

Read More

Anna-Katherine Risalvato

Anna-Katherine Risalvato

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS POLK COUNTY'S OUTSTANDING TEEN --Anna-Katherine Risalvato joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is a sophomore at Arnold High School, from Panama City Beach, Florida, studying Performing Arts/Physical Therapy. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Anna-Katherine also...

Read More

Ashlyn Palacios

Ashlyn Palacios

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS PINELLAS COUNTY’S OUTSTANDING TEEN -- Ashlyn Palacios joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is an 8 th grader at Charlie Walker Middle Magnet IB for International Studies in Odessa, Florida. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Ashlyn also dedicates her time to...

Read More

Hannah Adams

Hannah Adams

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS FLORIDA'S OUTSTANDING TEEN 2020 — Hannah Adams will travel throughout the state speaking, volunteering, and impacting thousands of people’s lives throughout her year of service! Hannah is currently a junior in high school holding leadership roles throughout her community. As a...

Read More

Isabella Iannuzzi

Isabella Iannuzzi

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS CITY BEAUTIFUL'S OUTSTANDING TEEN -- Isabella Iannuzzi joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is in the 9 th grade at Laurel Springs School, from Dania Beach, Florida. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Isabella also dedicates her time to educating and encouraging...

Read More

Kayley Klatt

Kayley Klatt

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS ST. PETERSBURG OUTSTANDING TEEN -- Kayley Klatt joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is an incoming freshman at Rollins College, from Oviedo, Florida, studying International Business and Law. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Kayley also dedicates her time to her...

Read More

Kierra Hilts

Kierra Hilts

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS PASCO COUNTY’S OUTSTANDING TEEN -- Kierra Hilts joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is a Senior at Wiregrass Ranch High School, from Wesley Chapel, FL. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Kierra also dedicates her time to Animal Rescue and Education and has...

Read More

Liz Stoeber

Liz Stoeber

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS RIVER CITY'S OUTSTANDING TEEN -- Liz Stoeber joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is a graduating senior at St. Johns Country Day School and a rising freshman at the University of Florida, from Middleburg, Florida, studying Criminology. In addition to serving as an...

Read More

Madison Flowers

Madison Flowers

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS FORT LAUDERDALE'S OUTSTANDING TEEN -- Madison Flowers joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is a sophomore at Park Vista Community High School, from Lake Worth, Florida. Hoping to study medicine. In addition to serving as an ambassador. Madison also dedicates her time to...

Read More

Mallory Cunningham

Mallory Cunningham

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS ST. LUCIE COUNTY'S OUTSTANDING TEEN -- Mallory Cunningham joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is a rising junior at Olivet Privates School/Homeschool, from Port St. Lucie, Florida. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Mallory also dedicates her time to raising awareness...

Read More

Mary Kathryn France

Mary Kathryn France

Real Talk Ambassador 2020

MISS ORLANDO'S OUTSTANDING TEEN -- Mary Kathryn France joins us as a Real Talk Brand Ambassador in 2020! She is a Senior at Pine View School from Sarasota, Florida, studying in the gifted AP Program. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Mary Kathryn also dedicates her time to early childhood...

Read More