Teen Challenge helps students regain control of their behavior by helping them to recognize the unproductive patterns in their lives and encouraging them to seek new solutions to life’s problems and difficulties.
We believe that students can and should take responsibility for their behavior and choices. While there may be life tragedies or difficulties which have contributed to a boy’s problematic behavior, a child can learn to make better choices regardless of his situation or past. Effective solutions to life’s difficulties can be found, and healing from life’s hurts can be experienced.
The Teen Challenge program is broken up into five phases. The first four phases are completed on campus. Each phase has unique goals, objectives, and intervention material that a student must complete before moving to the next phase. The general goals of each phase are as follows:
PHASE I : RESPONSIBILITY
Students develop skills and maturity needed to follow rules of the program, take responsibility for actions, and accept consequences.
PHASE II : TEAMWORK
Students continue growing in personal responsibility while learning to work well with others, earn trust, and more freedom.
PHASE III : LEADERSHIP TRAINING
Students demonstrate the ability to function with less supervision and are given leadership opportunities on the campus.
PHASE IV : LEADERSHIP
Students must express a desire through words and actions to become a positive leader and influencer amongst peers. Students have a great level of freedom on campus with added responsibilities and expectations.
PHASE V : TRANSITIONAL SERVICES
The Transitional Services Coordinator assists students and their families by creating a quality re-entry plan including:
- Academic placements
- Safe living environment.
Students leave the New Hope Boys Home campus to pursue this re-entry plan while still remaining under the care of the program. Weekly contracts are turned in and random drug screenings are performed. Once a student has completed six months successfully, he returns to the campus for a graduation service and celebration.