Equipping Youth

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Equipping Youth

With the skills to succeed in life


So they can say:

YES, I will set positive goals for my future

YES, I will set personal boundaries to achieve my goals

YES, I will choose friends who encourage positive actions

YES, I am the one responsible for my…



Students’ Comments: 

“What I liked about Powerful Choices is the idea that I have the power to choose the best for myself. No one can stand in my way.”

“I learned the way to succeed in life; – by wisdom and ambition with excellence and all the other wonderful character traits. Powerful Choices is something I will definitely use now and later in life.”

“We are so glad you came to teach us the truth about the consequences of doing drugs and other risks and the damage to our future marriages that being careless can cause.”

“I can stand up for myself by being assertive and believing in myself. Also by looking at all of the positives about myself. If I look at the positives about myself it will help my self-esteem and I will be more confident.”


Equipping Youth Goals and Activities 


-Provide programming for youth and their families to enhance their ability to become more successful in their relationships as well as in school and their occupations.

Increase skills and assets in youth and their families that broaden their horizons encouraging positive character traits and awareness of consequences of their decisions and actions.

-Provide knowledge, insight, experience and understanding to youth that contribute to personal successes now and in their futures.

Encourage communication and collaboration among members of youth’s families and their community.

-Join leaders of youth services to address the needs of the community and to enhance services to youth and families.


-Provide Equipping Youth educators to teach Powerful Choices curriculum

-Conduct Powerful Choices curriculum teacher training to classroom teachers

-Create venues for youth and their families such as conferences, parenting workshops, family activity nights, and projects for volunteer participation for increasing the protective factors of youth and community betterment

-Evaluate the various venues for personal and societal changes resulting from our programming

-Provide educational and informational conferences for leaders and professionals of youth serving organizations


-At least a 20% increase in the number of participants, 12-19 years, who will indicate they have chosen to avoid risk from behaviors that could result in negative consequences.

-Youth and their family members will increase their comfort level of talking with each other and/or doing it more often than previously as a result of our programming and venues (projects).

Community leaders who address the needs of youth and families will show a greater knowledge of the facts concerning youth risk behavior and demonstrate an increased ability and desire to exercise primary preventive measures as they serve them.