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TEEN CHALLENGE - the program
This phase concentrates intensively on dealing with the student's issues- through academics, group and individual counseling and work detail- and teaches on areas such as anger, self-image, self-worth, cleanliness and personal grooming, growing through failure, accountability, responsibility, sportsmanship and work ethic. This phase lasts around 3 to 4 months, although there are cases where students who have a slower "recovery" pace are allowed to finish in 5 to 6 months. To emphasize the educational aspect of the program Teen Challenge refers to its residents as "students".
This phase helps students put into practice what was learnt in the induction phase. It concentrates on Spiritual, academic and vocational advancement. The training phase consists of intensified tutoring in the development of positive attitudes, reliance on God, trustworthiness, being a good example to others, concern for others, accountability, work ethic and a strong sense of responsibility.
The reentry phase is used for students who see the need for further grounding and tutoring. Each re-entry student re-enters the program for a period of 3 to 6 months to continue his advancement in the areas specified. The re-entry program is flexible and is tailored to meet the needs of the individual involved.
The Aftercare program is for students who have completed the Teen Challenge program. This program offers students the opportunity to be connected to a support group, for the purpose of mutual benefit among peers and to act as a means of accountability. It also has the potential to function as a group where business and work partnerships can develop. Within the aftercare component there are many options for advancement for each student involved.
What We Do
1. We minister primarily to men with drug and alcohol problems, who abuse substances on a daily or several-times-weekly basis.
2. We offer help to teens and adults. Our preferred group is 18-45 years of age, with some age exceptions.
3. We believe strongly that as a man yields himself to God, he will change. At all points we preach, teach and counsel that God can change any life – with an emphasis on daily practical application.
4. Our ministry is entirely based upon a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ, based on interdenominational teaching.
5. Our counseling is not psychological – but Biblical in perspective.
6. We are a Christian discipleship program teaching men to become disciples of Jesus Christ, based on interdenominational teaching.
7. We teach basic life skills, such as responsibility, good work habits, integrity, self- discipline and ethical morality.
8. We prepare our students to reenter society as good citizens, good husbands & fathers and good employees, functioning as “substance-free” individuals.
1. We are neither a psychiatric facility nor a medical
facility. We do not admit persons who have existing mental problems which
would prohibit the individual from cooperation with the program schedule
and overall agenda of activities.
2. We are not a government agency. We are a non-profit, faith-based, Christian NGO. (Registered Charity)
3. We are not an alternative to jail. All applicants (where possible) must resolve legal issues before entering Teen Challenge.
4. We reserve the right to refuse admission to applicants at our discretion and to dismiss students who disrupt the program.
5. We do not exclude people who are:
6. We do not give long-term care to those who are consistently violent, un-teachable, sexually aggressive, Homosexuals (unwilling to change) or game-players. These are character traits that warrant dismissal from the program.
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