Armed with a desire to proactively support Atlanta teens, the Dover Training Institute launched the CHOICES: Youth Leadership and Violence Prevention Program. Supported in part by Fulton Country and operating from Tri Cities High School, the primary goal of CHOICES is to strengthen teen’s connection to their own identity, culture and community. Additionally, CHOICES aims to help adolescents better understand how school violence hurts both the individual and community.
Working alongside school administrators and volunteer counselors, Dover Training Institute created a curriculum that teaches students peer mediation strategies so they are better equipped to handle conflicts when they arise. They also engage in leadership activities that are designed to identify and enhance their leadership potential.
Since its launch in 2005, CHOICES has reached more than 200 Atlanta-area young adults. In 2010, the program expanded to include a summer leadership program.
The CHOICES program is a great way to get involved with students within the community. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, corporations and individuals can give tax deductible donations to the CHOICES program. Each donation is used to further the program by providing classroom materials and enhanced training initiatives.
For college students interested in serving as facilitators, course credits may be available. In addition, corporate groups and individual volunteers are also welcome.
Funding provided in part by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Housing and Human Services Department Grant Programs.
For more information on the CHOICES: Youth Leadership and Violence Prevention program, please visit www.dovertraininginstitute.org or call (770) 434-3040 ext. 613.