Pastor David Wilkerson founded the first Teen Challenge Center in New York City in 1958. Teen Challenge has been offering faith-based recovery services in the northwest since 1983, starting with one men’s ministry center. Today, it operates 12 locations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana with over 250 residential treatment beds for men, women and children. Boise Girls Academy in Boise, Idaho, offers long-term Christian residential care for girls, between 14 and 18 years-old, struggling with behavioral issues and substance abuse.
Accommodations and Food
The Boise Girls Academy campus is on three acres of land near the Boise River and the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The 6,000 square foot building features a dining room, kitchen, student dorm, classroom, recreational room, prayer room, counseling and administrative offices. The campus also has a sun deck, running track, volleyball court and garden. Students live in one of two facilities with 10 girls per room. Students are assigned a bunk bed and wardrobe and share a large restroom with marble shower stalls and granite countertops. Residential staff live in adjacent apartments.
Snacks and other items can be purchased from the student store, while meals are provided an eaten communally in the cafeteria. The on-site kitchen staff prepares nutritionally dense and tasty food. Food allergies can be accommodated.
Treatment and Staff
Boise Academy treats girls with substance abuse, behavioral and emotional issues that have led to failing classes, suspension from school and damaged relationships. The 15-month program is highly structured, with girls supervised around the clock. Discipline is not punishment-based but rather an emphasis on mutual understanding and respect. A LADC is assigned to each client and serves as the main point of contact for the family.
Weekly individual counseling and daily group therapy is where clients share their experiences, concerns and learn new coping skills. Experiential therapy incorporates adventure activities, role-playing, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and modeling appropriate behavior, with staff offering continuous encouragement and assistance. Girls must attend a weekly Church service, as well as daily prayer and devotion. Bible study groups along with reading and writing assignments must be completed.
Clients that haven’t graduated high school participate in an academic curriculum provided Alpha Omega Academy. This program delivers courses through an online learning management system, which are accessible at any time. The courses are challenging but flexible and staff members help during structured school hours.
The staff includes certified teachers, licensed counselors and ordained ministers, who provide guidance and mentorship to girls at the academy.
Because of its proximity to beautiful mountain surroundings, Boise Girls Academy enjoys many outdoor activities; like skiing at Bogus Basin Ski Resort, walking on the Boise River Greenbelt and boating at nearby reservoirs. The Boise area has it all–desert, rivers, mountains and lakes for hiking, camping, kayaking, river rafting and fishing.
Boise Girls Academy is a program for the whole family. Parent participation in scheduled Parent Weekends and support for the mentoring aspects of the program strongly determine the student’s success.
Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge Boise Girls Academy provides comprehensive and structured treatment for girls struggling with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues. Unlike some other Teen Challenge programs, the Christian component is combined with evidence-based treatment and plenty of outdoor adventure, making this a solid choice for young women who need to leave their home environment and learn new coping skills.
Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge Boise Girls Academy
1846 N Dawn Place
Boise, ID 83713
Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge Boise Girls Academy Cost: Insurance (30 days). Reach Boise Girls Academy by phone at (208)-375-4636 or by email at [email protected]. Find Boise Girls Academy on Facebook and Google+
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