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.
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