Many students in St. Louis Public Schools live with multiple risk factors that are predictors for drug abuse: poverty, family conflict, a lack of commitment to school, behavior problems, and neighborhoods where drugs are easily accessible. These all make a child more likely to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. Discovering Options provides at-risk students with supportive and life-enriching programs to prevent drug abuse. The effectiveness of our programs has been verified by research studies. These programs facilitate positive change in the lives of students we serve.
St. Louis Public elementary and middle schools partner with Discovering Options to provide our services to their students. If you have a child in a St. Louis Public elementary or middle school, ask the principal if they have become a Discovering Options PREP school.
The curriculums we use are proven to work. Our staff is professional, experienced and dedicated. Our mentors are committed and receive individualized support and training. Everyone at Discovering Options, both employees and volunteers, is focused on helping our students discover options for making positive decisions about their lives.
We invite you to learn more about our programs, to consider becoming a mentor, and, if you believe our mission has merit, to become a donor. If you would like to view our Parent Program Feasibility Study Report (in PDF form), click here.