Louisiana teens in a criminal justice diversion program are receiving support from a new adventure based mentorship initiative – Project Choices.
A partnership between 100 Black Men of Greater Lafayette, Team Adventure Games and the 15th Judicial District Court’s Juvenile Specialty Court, Project Choices aims to provide teenagers mentorship and self-esteem building.
The group is structured to meet once monthly with LEMOINE team member and Team Adventure Games President, Earl LeBlanc. LeBlanc and select court staff lead teens through team building and self-discovery exercises embedded in hands-on learning games.
LeBlanc has led his program for 25 years and says the process allows participants a door to explore their emotions, goals, and challenges while learning coping skills and tools for success through problem-solving and engagement.
Program participants range from 15 to 18 years of age, struggle with substance abuse and addiction issues, and have been referred to the court’s diversion program by the district attorney’s office, attorneys, and probation officers.
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