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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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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) to high school athletes and at-risk elementary students through weekly group session .
All group sessions and mentoring experiences occur during school hours.
Cross-age peer mentoring can have beneficial effects for both mentees and mentors Through the "Dare to Dream" program, mentors are exposed to leadership skill building and civic engagement. Mentors are educated to ensure they feel prepared to mentor their elementary-aged mentee but have the necessary skills, attitude and knowledge base to be successful in life. Mentees (grades 4 &5) are able to identify their negative behaviors through group sessions while being supported, encourages, and held accountable through their relationship with their mentors as they make more postive life choices.
Congratulations to our 2018 National Mentoring Summit Fellow: Dawn Shannon
C.H.O.I.C.E. Inc Non-Traditional Approch to Mentoring: Cross-Age Peer Mentoring
Dawn is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and a DuPont Manual High School graduate. She is an emerging highly motivated, enthusiastic, persistent, empathic, and goal-oriented leader. With her passion to understand and help her communities, she matriculated at Huston-Tilloston University, Austin, Texas, and received her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Pre-Law in 2009. She received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati in 2011. In an effort to live out her passion she reconnected with the agency C.H.O.I.C.E., who gave her a foundation in the social service industry with internship opportunities. Dawn is currently the Program Coordinator for C.H.O.I.C.E and a doctoral candidate for the Advancement of Learning and Service at Cardinal Stricth University, Milwaukee, WI. Dawn is presently working on research involving cross age peer mentoring program effectiveness on mentors’ development and their concepts of the future.
9th Annual Awareness Fundrasing Event:
A Taste of the Community
You are listening to C.H.O.I.C.E. Inc Anthem, "To the Top". Copyright 2016
10th Annual Advance Mentor Training: Phase I
Proud "Dare to Dream" Alum
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.
Each year C.H.O.I.C.E. Inc.’s host an Awareness Fundrasier to make the community aware of the needs of “high-risk/at-risk” youth and adolescents services needed to positively impact this population’s lives. This community event is a celebration of their achievements and an opportunity for friends, family and the community to join together in financially supporting C.H.O.I.C.E. Inc's misson.