CHOICES grew out of the experience of a concerned Seattle dad trying to reach his troubled teenage son. Confrontation didn’t work so he decided to write his son letters about decisions and their consequences. The message got through to his son, and he realized that this same message might resonate with other teens as well.
CHOICES Education Group was formed in 1985 as a national not-for-profit social enterprise with the mission of empowering teens to make positive educational choices that will increase their career and life opportunities. CHOICES has since helped more than 6 million teens across the country shape their futures, and now serves more than 350 teens every school day. CHOICES has been presented in all 50 states in the U.S., seven provinces in Canada, and three locations in Australia.
Our goals are to increase the probability that at-risk teens will graduate from high school, motivate teens toward their education and future, introduce them to practical skills for success such as self-discipline, decision making, time management and goal setting, and build sustainable business, education and community partnerships in each location we serve. We have 31 years of expertise in program development, service delivery and partnership sustainability. We currently partner with nearly 120 organizations across the US, engaging over 700 volunteers to deliver CHOICES to more than 70,000 teens annually…and we do it for less than $5 per student!