"I like the program because it helps me be calm”
- Mentee

About

Choose to Change (C2C) is a mentoring program serving and empowering youth in Little Village Academy, Farragut H.S, Gary, and Eli Whitney, impacted by violence and trauma.

At the core of the C2C model is the combination of intensive wraparound services and advocacy, trauma-informed group therapy, as well as the program’s ability to uniquely serve youth who are disengaged or in the process of disengaging from school. The key components of the C2C model include:

Relentless Engagement – Advocates do not give up on participants, especially those who are difficult to engage.

· Applied Learning – Advocates attend group therapy and help youth identify context where CBT skills can apply

· Decision-Making – Participants learn tools to disrupt negative thoughts, resolve conflict and build self-efficacy.

· Strong Relationships – C2C staff bring lived experiences and compassion in order to build life-long relationships.

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History

C2C program launched in 2022. It is a private-public partnership with CPS, Children’s Home & Aid and Youth Advocate Programs. Children’s Home & Aid implements group cognitive behavioral therapy while our New Life mentors focus on the mentoring component of the model. We work with YAP to guarantee that we deliver the highest quality mentoring and advocacy services, and to ensure that our services align with the C2C model.

3 days of weekly after school program

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Alma Roque

Mentor Director

Blanca Gomez

Mentor Coordinator

Caroline Linares

Mentor

Diana Perez

Mentor

Evelin Garcia

Mentor Coordinator

Jesus Velez

Mentor

Yesenia Reyes-Cura

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