180 Degrees

180 Degrees is an abstinence until marriage program designed to help teenagers recognize the consequences of premarital sex, the beauty of a healthy marriage relationship, and turn their thinking about sex around a whole 180 degrees. The 180 Degrees Program includes presentations with: staggering statistics, how to be in healthy relationships, the media’s influence, how to live in purity, and how to overcome sexual pressure.    

This vital ministry is led by Rich Shelton, Real Options' Education Director.  Kayla McLeod is the other half of this gifted team.  These two have a heart to see teenagers catch a vision of purity!  Please contact Rich for more information or to schedule a presentation for your school, church or organization.

180 Degrees offers targeted programs for the following groups:

Junior high school
Senior high school
College student
Civic organizations
Youth groups
Parents’ Seminar:  “Got Kids?  Get Facts!”

To learn more about this program, visit the 180 Degrees website: 

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Rich Shelton, 180 Degrees Education Director

Rich has worked for Real Options for Women since 2009.  He’s the director of the clinic’s abstinence education called 180 Degrees.  He’s in charge of building rapport with the schools, scheduling, research and presenting.  Rich has a passion to help young adults come to know Christ, know their value in Christ and help set up boundaries in order to make good choices.  When he’s not in a school speaking, Rich works with the young men who come in with their girlfriends and encourages them to become active fathers and to be responsible.  He also does ALL the heavy lifting in the office and anything else that he’s told to do by, literally, ALL the females in the office. Rich enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, Jennifer, and his son, Noah. Jennifer is also the Executive Director at Real Options. Rich and Jen are expecting a baby girl in of October 2017.

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Kayla McLeod, 180 Degrees Educator

As a former cheerleader for Liberty University's NCAA Division I athletics, Kayla has embraced the meaning of what it looks like to be a role model to teens in our world today. One thing that sets Kayla a part is her persistence to face tough issues that teens are struggling with. As she speaks to students in schools, Kayla tackles the answers to hard questions and uncovers the truth behind purity, self-worth and healthy dating relationships. Kayla's one desire is to share with teens the love of their Creator and His simple pursuit for their hearts.  Kayla is married to JJ, the youth pastor at Legacy Church, and together they have a son, Hudson (2015).  Kayla enjoys exploring new things to do as a young family, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.


Destiny Valdez, 180 Degrees Educator

Destiny is a welcome addition to the 180 Degrees team. She is a native of Houston, and recent graduate of Oral Roberts University with a degree in Christian Caregiving and Counseling.  Destiny has a passion for sexual integrity and a heart for women in unplanned pregnancies as she herself was born out of an unplanned pregnancy. She is excited to join the Real Options for Women family, and grateful for God leading her to this position.