Model Program

San Diego CHOICE Program

4283 El Cajon Blvd.
Suite 115
San Diego, CA 92105-1254
http://www.choice.sdsu.edu

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Contact Information:
John Wedemeyer
Executive Director, June Burnette Institute
619.594.4756
jwedemeyer@projects.sdsu.edu

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Intervention

Both

Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School
High School

Urban
Inner City

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

referred youth to juvenile justice

Description:

The mission of the San Diego CHOICE Program is to provide a comprehensive array of services to at-risk youth which are designed to stabilize behavior, increase independence, self sufficiency and prevent out-of-home placements. These services are accomplished through intensive, community-based, family-centered interventions, which foster positive growth and empower the youth and their family.

Program Descriptors Include:
Bullying/Violence, Community Collaboration, Counseling/Advisories/Coaches, Extended-School/Summer Program, Family/Parental Involvement, Mentoring/Tutoring, Study Skills

Starting Date: 1996
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Misbehavior

Family factors

  • Not living with both natural parents
  • Family disruption

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Involvement with positive peer activities

Competence

  • Social competencies

Optimism

  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Local/City/County Agencies
Foundations
Service Clubs
Organizations/Agencies

Counselors
Volunteers
Parents

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Unspecified

Americorps San Diego State University

Evaluation Information:

Current program outcomes for Probation and HHSA referred high-risk youth include: 90% of youth are remaining enrolled in school 72% of youth maintain a regular attendance of 80% or better 86% of youth maintain their home placement 89% of youth did not have a new arrest 73% of youth regularly participated in positive alternative activities 90% of families received referral assistance 71% of youth service close successfully from the program

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

Additional Evaluation Information:
http://www.foundation.sdsu.edu/choice/recognition.html