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The Choice is Yours

The Choice is Yours (TCY) is a diversion program for first-time, non-violent felony drug sellers.  With an 85% graduation rate, TCY is helping young adults in Philadelphia rewrite their story.  TCY has a remarkable 13% recidivism rate one year post-graduation — in sharp contrast to the 40 to 60% recidivism rate that you might expect for similar offenses.

I thought the streets were always what I was meant to do.  Being here, coming here changed my whole mindset.  I don’t want to be anywhere else.  I want to be here, I want to be learning. — Miguel, TCY client

Operated in partnership with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Philadelphia Municipal Court and the Defender Association of Philadelphia includes a mix of case management supports, access to education and employment, mentoring and restorative justice.  The Choice is Yours graduates move forward with clean records and a second chance.

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TCY answers the question "what happens to young people when they are mentored instead of incarcerated?"
Video thanks to the Vera Institute of Justice.

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Graduation Day is a Fresh Start at TCY

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Vera Institute Profiles TCY

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TCY Included in National Justice Toolkit

"In Your Backyard: A Toolkit for Addressing Criminal Justice at the Local Level", a new publication from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) highlights TCY.

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High School Diploma = Workforce Currency

Learn about our partnership with Penn Foster, helping clients earn their high school diploma.

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Media Mentions

Read the latest news coverage of TCY.

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