Youth and adolescents involved in community programs are aided in positive youth development as it enhances their social emotional learning, reduces risk behaviors, and civic engagement. For over 23 years, the "Dare to Dream" Sports Leadership and Mentoring Program has offered a non-traditional approach to mentoring during school hours. C.H.O.I.C.E. utilizes cross-age peer mentoring rather than the traditional adult to youth match. Cross-age peer mentoring is defined as the mentoring process occurring among high school student athletes and at-risk elementary students. The "Dare to Dream" program offers research-based positive youth development curriculum through the C.H.O.I.C.E. model©
(Bemker and Sias-Shannon, 2002)
The Advance Mentor Training Institute is a two phased comprehensive development training program that teaches skills that assist mentors to be successful with their mentee-matches.The training focus primarily on building support and developing opportunities for mentors to learn the skills to respond to the need of the mentees. Areas of training include, but is not limited to, positive youth development, crisis procedure and response, role modeling, culture diversity, community services, relationships building skills, improving communication techniques and leadership training.
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Children Have Options In Choosing Experiences (C.H.O.I.C.E.) is a listening ear for children during their darkest hour, a hand of praise during their shining moments and a voice of reason during challenging times. C.H.O.I.C.E. helps youth and adolescents navigate through issues at home, at school, and within their community by equipping them with coping and problem-solving skills to make positive choices. Our children face societal issues such as poverty, substance abuse, violence, mental health, and lack of parental supervision. Children have to overcome these societal issues with expectations to achieve well academically. C.H.O.I.C.E works alongside with Jefferson County Public Schools ( JCPS) to support academic excellence by addressing social and emotional challenges and teaching leadership skills.
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9th Annual Awareness Fundraising Event:
A Taste of the Community
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10th Annual Advance Mentor Training: Phase I
Proud "Dare to Dream" Alums
We are Celebrating 30 Years of Providing Services to the Metro Louisville Community!
Beginning in spring semester of 1987, C.H.O.I.C.E. piloted its group therapy model at the alternative behavioral school, Buechel Metropolitan High Schools (now known as Minor Daniels Academy). Since inception, C.H.O.I.C.E. has directly been beacon of hope to 7,500 students grades 3rd through 12th experiencing high risk behaviors and/or household dsyfuntion. C.H.O.I.C.E. has provided support services to eighteen (18) different schools, a mixture of elementary, middle, and high schools, throughout its service years. Currently, C.H.O.I.C.E. is offered at Fern Creek High School, Iroquois High School, Whitney Young Elementary, and Watterson Elementary. These schools are active in our unique cross age peer mentoring program utilizing high school athletes mentors, the "Dare to Dream" Sports Leadership and Mentoring program. The "Dare to Dream" program began at Fern Creek High School in 1994 and expanded to Iroquois High School in 2002.
Parents and educators desire young people to be successful academically, personally, and in their social lives. Research from MENTOR and the Search Institute has shown the key for our youth's success may lie in the establishment of positive relationships with their peers and adults, to adapt to the complex demands of growth and development, to contribute to their peer group, family, school and community while making responsible decision that enhance their health and avoid risky behaviors.
C.H.O.I.C.E. has played a vital role in helping establish positive relationships with peers, family, school, and community.
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