Model Program

Career Choice International

229 Chicamauga Ave
Atlanta, GA 30314
http://www.careerchoicesmagazine.com/

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Contact Information:
Mr. Tony C. McMurray
President and Founder
855.237.9060
tony.mcmurray@careerchoiceint.org

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention

Both

Limited Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Preschool
Elementary
Middle School
High School

Urban
Inner City

School Wide

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

African-American
Hispanic

Poverty level whites

Description:

To be the agency that changes the way young students view education. We know the power of our program and realize its benefits not only to the student, but to society as a whole. Our program is one of the most powerful catalysts to help young students choose the right educational pathways leading them to fulfilling careers. To build a strong program that inspires kids to dream, grow, and prosper during the early stages of their educational process. It is best to prepare children beginning in Elementary school than to intervene too late in the course of a student's development. To eradicate the chance of another child losing sight of his or her dream of a successful good life. With your help, we will make the difference.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Career Education

Starting Date: 2005
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Last Verified: 2011

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low educational expectations
  • Low commitment to school

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status
  • Low education level of parents
  • Not living with both natural parents
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of conversations about school

School factors

  • Limited resources: expenditures per student/ teacher salaries/ student-teacher ratios
  • Race/ethnicity
  • School math achievement
  • Student engagement

Community factors

  • Family composition/socioeconomic status
  • Youth social attitudes

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Involvement with positive peer activities

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Competence

  • Social competencies

Creativity

  • Flexibility

School

  • Early warning systems
  • Teach self-determination and self-advocacy skills including student/person-centered planning

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is over $500,000 or less than $500 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

School Districts
Faith Based Organizations
Donations

Counselors

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Media/CD/DVD
Instructional Texts/Manuals

Boys to Men, Good Works, inc

Evaluation Information:

Students that were able to make the connection between school and careers that result in a prosperous quality of life were more likely to define a chosen career path.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level