University of Maryland, Baltimore County
AmeriCorps National Education Awards Program FY 2011 (New)
The Choice Program provides AmeriCorps members the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of youths living in at risk communities. Members working in teams manage caseloads of 30 court-involved youth per team referred from the community. The Choice Model, initiated 21 years ago at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), successfully balances the need for public safety with the need to divert youth from criminal behaviors utilizing a cost effective community based program.