The mission of the CHOICES Education Group is to empower students with vital tools that will increase their career
and life opportunities.
We believe that every student deserves the opportunity to reach her or his highest potential.
We believe that students must not only be offered an education; they must actively participate in it.
We believe that the sooner communities offer support and guidance to students, the better the students will be able to take advantage of the opportunities available to them.
We believe the business community has a vested interest in the quality of students graduating from our schools and a responsibility to share in the effort to prepare students for the future.
The CHOICES Education Group was formed in 1985 as a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) social enterprise based in Seattle, Washington, USA. Since then we have brought the CHOICES message to more than 5,000,000 middle and high school students. CHOICES has been presented in all 50 states in the U.S., seven provinces in Canada, and three locations in Australia. Through our highly leveraged business and delivery models we currently engage more than 2,000 business volunteers to deliver CHOICES to more than 230,000 students per year.
In most locations CHOICES has been presented to eighth or ninth grade students. However, the material is accessible to all middle and high school students. The idea is that students get this vital message at the earliest time they are ready for it, so they can immediately begin to make more thoughtful, wise choices in their lives and in their schoolwork.
CHOICES has proven to be equally impactful regardless of the urban, suburban or rural setting of the hosting school. Students from all walks of life find the seminar relevant, interesting and challenging.
In addition to typical classrooms, CHOICES has been presented in honors classes and remedial classes, to learning disabled and gifted students, at poor inner city and wealthy suburban schools, all with equally positive results. Consistently, 90% to 95% of students and their educators rate CHOICES as positive.
Variations on CHOICES have been presented to teen-parent audiences and in juvenile detention and correction environments. It has been for the hearing impaired and translated into Braille for the visually impaired.
The seminar also has significant staying power. Sponsors have found that students exposed to CHOICES retain the message and continue to make more thoughtful school-related decisions, and experience higher grades and better attendance throughout their high school career.
Students explore time and money management techniques.