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Facing Choices: It’s Up to You



“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed
in the choices one makes… In the long run, we shape our lives
and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die.
And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.”
(Eleanor Roosevelt)

During July, over 90 high school Crusaders spent a week participating in our summer CHOICES program. In workshops, group exercises, and teamwork experiences, they learned how the personal, educational, and financial decisions they make now can have lasting influences on what they are able to attain in the future.

Many thanks to Brown University for providing us with facilities to hold our program! Crusaders from Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, and Woonsocket participated. Here are some of the things they said about what they learned:

– “They explained very well that high school won’t be as easy as middle school and the choices we make, like studying or not studying, dong my work or not doing my work, can affect my future.”
– “I learned that if I dropped out of high school I would have a pretty hard life.”
– “Pay attention. Don’t drop out. Volunteer.”
– “I have to know how to manage my time, or learn how to balance it.”
– “Use free time wisely.”
– “I learned many things that were important not only for high school but for college too!”
– “This program helped me understand how to take charge of my life.”
– “I learned that more education comes with more job options.”
– “Now I know that high school isn’t easy and that I have to prepare myself, but there are people along the way to help you.”
– “I learned that the decisions I make will affect my whole community, not just my future.”
– “I should keep my grades up and try very hard to stay on track.”
– “I learned that grades are important but that it is not the only thing you need to succeed.”
– “I didn’t know these things before I came to this program.”
– “I will actually use my planner, manage my time, and get things done.”
– “I realized the more I further my education, the brighter my future will be.”
– “Everything I learned I will use because I want to be something in life, and all this will get me there.”

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