Frequently Asked Questions
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Q. What is the difference between the Induction and Training Phases?
A: The Induction Phase encompasses the first 4-6 months. During this Phase, the student is obligated to complete FOUR Teen Challenge Curricular Contracts (which will include individual Bible studies, introspective assignments, scripture memorization, etc.) A student who complies with the directives and finishes these assignments will then be considered for completion into the Training Phase. The Training Phase exercises these Biblical principles learned by demonstration and application, working in his daily life.
Q: Can a student get a G.E.D. while in the program?
A: Yes. After the student completes his Induction phase, he will have the opportunity to pursue his G.E.D. if he chooses to do so. Staff will assist him in achieving this important goal.
Q: What type of counseling do the students receive?
A: Upon entry into the program, each student is assigned a counselor to provide individual one-on-one guidance and mentoring determined by that students’ particular needs. The proven cure for life-controlling problems is based on the embracing of Biblical principles to spiritually improve the quality of his character.
Q: To whom and when will the student be allowed to make phone calls?
A: After 30-days in the program, the student will be allowed one fifteen (15) minute phone call each week, normally on Saturday evenings. A student will only be allowed to call persons on his authorization list (i.e. immediate family or his pastor). Phone usage is a privilege and will be monitored by Staff. The student is automatically charged only $5.00 from his personal account for the entire month, either local or long distance calls.
Q: When will the student be allowed to write his family?
A: The student can write his immediate family and pastor immediately upon entering the program. All incoming and outgoing mail will be monitored by Staff.
Q: When can I visit?
A: After 30-days in the program, the Induction Phase student is eligible for one on-campus four (4) hour visit each month. Visits are normally authorized for Sunday afternoons. Training Phase students are eligible for off-campus passes with approved family members or pastors. All visits and passes are subject to Staff approval.
Q: How do I find out how the student is doing in the program?
A: Each student is assigned a counselor upon entering the program. All inquiries relating to the student will be handled by his counselor or a designated Staff representative. When inquiries are made and the assigned counselor is not on duty, any message(s) will be forwarded to the student’s counselor, and the Staff on duty will address your concerns.
Q: Will the student receive educational classes while in the program?
A: Absolutely! Students participate in both Personal and Group Studies for New Christians. The classes’ curriculum helps to establish a foundation of Biblical knowledge leading to spiritual growth. The faith- structured classes also develop the main goal of the program: a life-changing, continually growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Q: Can I get my induction fee back if the student leaves the program early?
A: No. The induction fee is a non-refundable fee regardless of the length of time a student remains in the program.
Q: Can the students get a job off campus while in the program?
A: No. The student will participate in Teen Challenges’ Job Training Program. Both on and off campus vocational training is supervised by Teen Challenge Staff, typically working on a crew of fellow students to assist in financially supporting the ministry itself. The student IS NOT working a secular job at which he would be drawing a weekly paycheck.