HOW WILL I COMMUNICATE WITH MY SON WHILE HE IS IN TEEN CHALLENGE?
Students have scheduled weekly phone calls home, as well as video calls. The frequent exchange of letters is also encouraged. Your son will have supplies and time to write home. Each family is assigned a Parent Contact, a staff member who will contact you with bi-weekly updates and answer any questions you may have. Detailed monthly progress reports are sent to each parent/guardian, as well as Zoom video calls with the student and Parent Contact.
HOW WILL I GET MY SON TO TEEN CHALLENGE?
You are ultimately in control of deciding what is best for your son’s care and we can work with you on options for transporting your son here safely. We do require the student to be told they are going to a facility 24 hours in advance. Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge does not provide professional transport services, but you may contact our preferred provider, Venture Transport Services at 785-840-4136.
Admissions always take place on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm EST. A reliable GPS will bring you directly to our center. Our address is:
9302 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News, Virginia 23601
Here are some tips for getting your son to Teen Challenge:
- Write a letter- Several of our parents have told us writing a letter to their son explaining what is happening has worked for them. You could give this letter to your son as you are driving, and ask him to read it completely before responding.
- Read Over Packing List- Get ready ahead of time. Leave early in the morning. “Everything is packed and we’re taking a trip” should be enough to get a groggy teenager moving. Most transport companies will require a 4 a.m. or earlier departure from home.
- Bring friends- Often families arrive with a youth pastor or neighbor to assist in transporting their son.
CAN MY SON Leave earlier than the 14 months?
WHAT SERVICES ARE OFFERED AT YOUR FACILITY?
We offer recreation therapy, where the boys go to the YMCA, fishing, basketball tournaments, and much more! We have a Discipleship Coordinator the boys will meet with for spiritual matters, checkups, parent meetings, devotionals, and questions. We have an Education Coordinator who helps the boys will all things school related, as well as runs their daily school.
We also have a credentialed Pastoral Counselor the boys will see, at minimum, once a week. We have an off-site credentialed counselor who comes in several times a month to meet with the students. If families wish to speak to a licensed therapist outside the facility, they can ask to set something up, or find a local licensed therapist/practice themselves.
We have a Culinary Director who takes some of the boys, who are on higher phases, to do the meals and meal prep. We have a Program Coordinator who runs our PSNL (Personal Studies for New Living) & GSNL (Group Studies for New Living) studies. This is where they learn about integrity, respect, leadership, decision making, etc. We also have other support staff, admins, the Program Director, and the Executive Director of our facility who just love on these guys, have great conversations, pray with them, and just have fun with them!
IF OUR SON IS DISCHARGED OR WE WITHDRAW HIM, CAN I GET MY MONEY BACK?
WILL MY SON HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RELIGIOUS ASPECTS OF THE PROGRAM TO RECEIVE HELP?
WHY IS TEEN CHALLENGE EFFECTIVE?
IS TEEN CHALLENGE A MEDICAL PROGRAM?
WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO VISIT MY SON?
WILL MY SON BE ABLE TO GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL?
The academy operates year-round, so there is ample opportunity for a junior or senior to earn his high school diploma.