Choices for Youth began with a “simple, two-step process: help youth find housing, education, and employment, and then help them maintain it” (Choices for Youth website).

As they developed their knowledge and grew to understand more about the needs of youth, their outreach and harm reduction philosophy has led to a more complex programming model.

The Choices website states:

  • Step 1: Provide individuals with options to find housing, employment, training, and education.
  • Step 2: Provide intensive models of support on personal barriers to achieving the desired outcomes in Step 1.
  • Step 3: Increase youth engagement in individuals’ immediate and broader communities.
  • Step 4: Increase options and support for continued individual stability and independence.