Rating: 5 stars 3 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth
Location: 909 Purdue Ave St. Louis MO 63130 USA
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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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.