What We Cover
The teacher-approved curriculum makes the case for staying in school and introduces teens to skills for success including time management, decision making and goal setting. Trained volunteers engage teens in interactive exercises during the workshop and share their real-world experiences and insights. Teachers remain in the classroom during the sessions.
CHOICES presenters serve as positive adult role models from the “real world.” This gives them credibility in the eyes of the teens they serve.
Wow! What an impact! I want to start school all over again to use their advice. They were engaging, caring, funny and inspiring. The way they connect with 8th graders, it’s not easy, and I learned a few new ways from observing them.”
– CHOICES Host Teacher
Approximately 6 million teens have participated in CHOICES, and we have partnered with hundreds of organizations and engaged thousands of volunteer presenters. Our greatest impact, however, is demonstrated through the testimonials from students, teachers and presenters.
- “I’ll try harder to think about what I want in my future. I’ll apply self-discipline by knowing my boundaries and when to stop something.” – Student Participant
- “I will remember that everything I do impacts me” – Student Participant
- “I learned to be nice to the time and time will be nice to you!” – Student Participant
- “I will try way harder on my grades and do homework more often” – Student Participant
- “The real-life experiences are valuable and helping them to understand that self-discipline will have a positive influence on their future is huge.” – Host Teacher
- “Kids get into the information about balancing checkbooks, and they pay attention to how $15 an hour doesn’t go very far when paying bills. It’s cool to see them connect the dots about why it’s important to stay in school to get a better job.” – Volunteer Presenter
- “This program provides great value in promoting responsibility and understanding the consequences of their choices.” – Volunteer Presenter
The Two-Day Structure
The CHOICES workshop consists of two 45-minute sessions delivered on consecutive days in the classroom during the school day. The first session focuses on the value of staying in school and the second session introduces life skills to help teens succeed in both school and life.
Day 1 – Stay in School
- The Time of My Life
- Take Charge Factors
- School Decisions and Career Consequences
- Money Management
- The Graduation Challenge
- Dog Tags and Cellphone Game Cards
Day 2 – Skills for Success
- Mock Job Interview
- Time Management
- The CHOICES Challenge
- SMART Goals
- Key to Success
After the workshop is over, teens will soon be able to further connect with the curriculum by playing a new decision-making game on their smartphones. The game, which is under development, will be introduced during the workshop sessions, and the free app will be downloadable through the Google Play Store and iPhone App Store. The game will lead teens through real world scenarios about what they will face in high school and will give them the opportunity to practice making thoughtful choices in real time.