We believe that young people thrive when they have access to supportive resources and are able to contribute to and connect with their communities.
The Choice Program at UMBC is a not-for-profit organization administered by The Shriver Center at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). For 30 years, Choice has engaged, mentored, trained, and advocated for disconnected youth. The overarching program goals are to:
- reduce recidivism of young people involved in the justice system;
- reduce placement in foster care for youth in the social services system;
- and strengthen youth and family ties to the community through increased educational and vocational opportunities.
The Choice Program interventions provide services in the Baltimore and Washington DC metro areas. The program has strong partnerships with the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, the Maryland Department of Social Services, Baltimore City Public Schools, and AmeriCorps.