New release of CHOICES receives rave reviews as it hits the classroom! Here are just a few comments from CHOICES sites throughout the country:
"Couldn't wait to shoot you an email to let you know that we did our first "new" CHOICES program." writes Sally Haas, a CHOICES program manager from Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce. "Wonderful feedback from the teachers … the kids were very engaged and really seemed to relate and like it … and our presenters left smiling!!! I had one gentleman that came in, and if you could use him to be the example of how to do it, it would be him!!!! He was amazing, just a natural. He does youth ministry, and he just connected with the kids. He came in, barely used reference materials - he was over the top amazing!!! They loved the interview, the new format of engagement was just spot on - I'm so pleased. Just wanted to shoot you a note and say bullseye! You hit the target."
"The CHOICES program was designed to make a positive difference in the lives of eighth graders by encouraging them to make good decisions and stay in school." explains Alana Parker, a CHOICES presenter from Muscle Shoals in Alabama. "The updated version accomplishes this mission in new and exciting ways by encouraging students to see the value in making positive decisions through age-appropriate examples and role play. The program is non-stop; therefore, the students are constantly engaged and never have the opportunity to become distracted or uninterested. Not only is the updated CHOICES program beneficial to and fun for the students, it's an absolute blast to present!"
"The vibe of the newer version has been received very well by some schools that declined us the last few years." adds Scott Harper, Executive Director of
Education for Tomorrow Alliance in Conroe, Texas.
CEG Executive Director is interviewed for Education Nation
Education Nation is NBC News' initiative to engage the country in a solutions-focused conversation about the state of education in America. In late September, Seattle's NBC Affiliate interviewed CHOICES Education Group's (CEG) Executive Director, Leo Muller on how CHOICES fits into the solution. View the Interview!
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High Volunteerism Can Mean Lower Unemployment Rates, Study Says
By Peter Bolton, The Chronicle of Philanthropy
States in which a big share of people volunteer, vote, and participate in other civic events tended to suffer the least-drastic increases in joblessness during the downturn, according to a new report.
The study, by the National Conference on Citizenship and others, mined federal labor statistics and Census data from about 50,000 American households. It found that states that did well based on five measures—helping neighbors, volunteering, registering to vote, voting, and attending meetings—in 2006 did not face big rises in unemployment from 2006 to 2010.
States in which a high proportion of people helped their neighbors did best, followed by those with strong volunteering rates.
Alaska, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Vermont were among states with the highest rates of volunteering and some of the smallest increases in unemployment from 2006 to 2010. (Learn More)