Intensive AdvocacyThe Maryland Department of Juvenile Services refers youth to The Choice Program who are in need of intensive support and supervision in the community. The Choice Program strives to deter further delinquent behavior by linking youth and families to community resources and involving youth in positive activities. Community supervision by The Choice Program is often an alternative to costly residential placement. Youth are given holistic support and opportunities to succeed in the community to avoid more serious sanctions. The Choice Program employs Community Service-Learning Fellows to make daily contact with youth and families, ensure accountability, monitor school attendance, and provide links to resources and social supports to address any educational, legal, and health needs.
The team model allows Choice Fellows to provide services 7 days a week, 365 days a year to any youth who are in need of the most intensive level of community supervision. In addition to advocating for youth during the school day and providing after-school and weekend activities for youth, Choice Fellows rotate their schedules to make evening home visits on a daily basis. This allows Choice Fellows to build rapport with families, facilitate communication, and address any needs for additional resources. If needed, Fellows are available 24 hours a day for crisis intervention.