DISCOVERING OPTIONS

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 909 Purdue Ave St. Louis MO 63130 USA

Mission: Discovering Options helps at-risk children avoid drug use and other self-destructive behaviors through mentoring and comprehensive after-school programming that encourages family involvement.
Programs: PREP (promoting responsibility through education and preparation)serves a minimum of 50 children a year through its after school programs. PREP facilitates 4 10 week education and enrichment programs a year, and upon completion matches each child with a mentor. ETI (employment and training initiative) serves 150 adults a year. ETI prepares adults with a variety of disabilities mental illness, physical disabilities, visual and hearing impairments to increase their skill base through IT training and customer service skills.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a mentor with Discovering Options for only a few months now, but I have already witnessed the positive affects of this wonderful organization. My protegee constantly talks about her wonderful experiences in the prep program and all of the activities she participated in, such as cooking and yoga. This program not only makes a positive impact in the children's lives but also in mine.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Listening to my protege talk about her positive experiences in the PREP program.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes at this time.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've personally witnessed children experiencing activities, engaging in skills and delighting in achievements solely because the Discovering Options programs provided the safe place, good supervision and support which enabled them to do so. Activities such as martial arts, doing yoga, circus performing, conflict negotiating, crafts creating; and skills such as cooking. When a child discovers what they can do and finds the options which exist, that child is forever changed because their world opens up that much further

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The transforming affect of the children. They open up; find their right to be confident, constructive, valued, appreciated and appreciative.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would eliminate the need for it to continually fund raise. I would if I could see it fully funded so that attention could be given 100% to the task of rescuing the highly at risk inner city children. I would want there to be a Discovering Options at work in every city in the USA.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a mentor with Discovering Options for almost 2 years now.
Their dedication to the community is invaluable to the kids and families they serve.
They help in so many different ways such as providing kids a place to go after school to learn something new, socialize with others, experience new things such as yoga, cooking, dancing, etc.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my being a mentor. I have taken my proteges to the movies, rollerskating, and the mall for the first time, spoken to her about the importance of staying in school and getting an education (as she gets suspended a lot!), encouraging her and helping her with school work, etc. She is being raised by a single mother with 5 other kids! So, getting individualized attention each week is something she looks forward to and enjoys.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to help it grow bigger that it can help more kids and families.

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