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Life Skills

Preparing For The Future

During their stay with Teen Challenge, students are exposed to new people, experiences and opportunities that will expand their worldview and will guide them toward a more positive, hopeful way of thinking about life.

A Teen Challenge Student Life Coordinator (SLC) works with students to give them the tools they need to live a healthy life. The SLC meets with students once a week to introduce new experiences and opportunities, to encourage students to learn about themselves and to expand their worldview. The goal is to help students to discover their own creativity, skills and talents so that the allure of their addictions is replaced by something more attractive. Our life skills component is customized to the interests and needs of the student. Students are sometimes paired with other students to learn a new skill or may learn a skill from a volunteer or staff. The new skills are as diverse as,

  • A weekly exercise class
  • Bowling
  • Outdoor games/sports
  • Help understanding taxes
  • Help with budgeting
  • Parenting skills
  • Food preparation
  • Basic housekeeping
  • Gardening
  • VBS craft preparation at a local church
  • House painting
  • Time management
  • Team work skills
  • An excursion to cottage country
  • Speaking at a women’s prison
  • Attending Christian concerts
  • Campfire night on site with a sing along
  • Attending a camp retreat
  • Learning to sew

Students also have the opportunity to work in a computer lab and learn basic office skills such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Students may also wish to take the English and Math courses needed to complete their GED.