Rescue, Rebuild, and Return
Rescue people from destructive lifestyles, Rebuild individuals spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically, Return them to God, family, community, and the work force.
Teen Challenge was started by Revered David Wilkerson in New York City in 1958. The story of the beginning has been told around the world in the book and movie, "The Cross and the Switchblade." Today there are Teen Challenge centers in over 60 major cities in the United States and many others worldwide.
Teen Challenge is a residential discipleship program that rehabilitates men, women, children, and families with drug and alcohol dependency, and other life-controlling problems. We show them how to break down the barriers of self-deception and negative attitudes, rebuild their self-esteem, live a life free from drug and alcohol addiction, and to live according to Christian principles as a productive member of society.
The 12-month long program consists of classroom assignments, individual and group counseling, educational, and vocational assistance, work-study, and personal attention by the staff in a structured, nurturing, Christ-centered environment.
The first Four months is the induction level. The student must complete certain curriculum requirements, show substantial improvement in attitude, and demonstrate a willingness to change their behavior before progressing to the next level.
The goals in the next four months are to continue the required curriculum work and consistently be self-disciplined, trustworthy, honest, cooperative, responsible, and to develop good work habits.
During this level of four months, the student must demonstrate maturity, good judgement, and consistent positive attitudes and relationships, both in the program and outside the program. The student gains more privileges and responsibilities during this level. The student is to show marked improvement in the areas of difficulty that they entered Teen Challenge with, and a continual growth plan. The students in this level should show signs of positive leadership for their fellow students in the program. They must make future plans for employment, continued education or training, plans for a good home environment, and commitment to a church home. Upon completion of level three, the student is eligible for graduation.
The above suggested times of completion of each level may vary depending upon the individual's growth, participation, attitude, and general overall progress.