Did You Know?


Youth and adolescents involved in community programs, such as C.H.O.I.C.E., are aided in positive youth development as it enhances their social emotional learning, reduces risk behaviors, and increases civic engagement.   

Celebrating Over 30 Years of

Providing Services

to the Metro Louisville Community!

Currently, C.H.O.I.C.E. is offered at Fern Creek High School, Iroquois High School, Whitney Young Elementary, and Watterson Elementary. All students are active in our unique cross age peer mentoring program utilizing high school athletes mentors to guide at-risk elementary mentees.


The "Dare to Dream" Sports Leadership and Mentoring program offers a non-traditional approach to mentoring during school hours. The "Dare to Dream"program offers a research-based positive youth development curriculum through the agency that developed into the C.H.O.I.C.E. model©(Bemker & Sias-Shannon, 1999). The C.H.O.I.C.E. model© aims to address the life stressors in particpants' lives to develop healthy coping mechnism to bolster resilience. Our children face societal issues such as poverty, substance abuse, violence, mental health, or parental separation/divorce. Our children not only have to overcome societal issues, but rise to expectations for achieving well academically. 


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. Connections allow young people to adapt to the complex demands of their growth and development. In addition, it offers youth and adolescents the opportunties to contribute positively to their peer groups, family, school, and community while making responsible decisions that enhance their health and avoidance of risky behaviors(substance abuse/violence). 




About  The Impact of

C.H.O.I.C.E. Inc.


Region 6


The "Dare to Dream" Sports Leadership & Mentoring program began at Fern Creek High School in 1994 and expanded to Iroquois High School in 2002.

District 2-Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin 

District 6-

Councilman David James

   District 10-

Councilman Pat Mulvihill

District 14-

Councilwoman Cindi Fowler 

District 15-

Councilman Kevin Triplett

District 17-

Councilman Markus Williams

District 21-

Councilwoman Nicole George 

District 22-

Councilman Robin Engel

District 25-

Councilwoman Amy Holton Stewart

You are listening to C.H.O.I.C.E. Inc Anthem, "To the Top". Copyright 2016

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 adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) at home, at school, and within their community by equipping them with coping, resilience, and problem-solving skills to make positive choices.

Would you like to become more involved with  C.H.O.I.C.E.?

Proud "Dare to Dream" Mentors

Proudly Funded for 2020 - 2021 School Year By:

The Cralle Foundation



For over 30 years, C.H.O.I.C.E. has played a vital role in helping young people establish positive relationships withpeers, family, school, and the community. 


C.H.O.I.C.E. has directly been a beacon of hope to over 10,500 students grade 3 through 12 experiencing abuse, neglect, or household dysfunction. 


C.H.O.I.C.E. has provided support services to eighteen (18) different schools - a mixture of elementary, middle, and high schools. Throughout our years of service, we continue to provide a safe place for young people to validate their concern and feelings in order to help them thrive into adulthood. 


A $30.00 monthly commiment for the next 12 months will ensure C.H.O.I.C.E. maintains a safe place for young people to share about issues at home and school while learning coping mechnisms and resiliency skills to maxmize their potentail for thriving.





C.H.O.I.C.E. is sanctioned by Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) to support academic excellence by offering mentoring, leadership skills, and group counseling to address social and emotional challenges. However, C.H.O.I.C.E. is not the official vendor of JCPS. C.H.O.I.C.E.  is a community based youth prevention and early intervention agency. All C.H.O.I.C.E. particpants and their families are served at-no charge.