What are the requirements for acceptance into your program?

Driver’s License

Social Security Card

Physical Exam

$450.00 (Non-Refundable)

A Sincere desire to change

Open to instruction and correction

You must make a 12 – 14 month commitment to complete the program

What is the age requirement for acceptance into your program?

Participants in our program must be at least 18 years of age (or about to turn 18 within a few months of enrolling).

How will I pay for program fees?

Most participants in our program are eligible to receive Medicaid/Home Relief Grant assistance which covers room and board for the duration of their stay with us. Students that are ineligible to receive this grant are required to commit to a monthly financial support of $450.00. In many cases, we are willing to work with individuals on a case by case basis.

What is your policy on the induction or entry fee?

Upon entering Long Island Teen Challenge, there is an Induction Fee Agreement that must be signed as part of the application process:

Statement Regarding Newly Admitted Students’ Induction Fee

1. The participant understands that Long Island is a Christian discipleship program that does not accept insurance or rely on government funding.

2. The participant understands that there is a non-refundable $450.00 application fee that is payable in cash, money order, cashier’s check, credit and/or debit cards.

3. The participant understands that Long Island Teen Challenge WILL NOT refund the application/induction fee or any portion thereof; even if the student decides to leave immediately after the application process is completed. NOTE: Whether they decide to leave after 1 hour; 1 day; or 1 week.

How long is the program?

The residential Program is 12 -18 months long. However, the average stay for participants is 14 months.

Do you offer detox?

NO!! Long Island Teen Challenge program is a Christian residential rehabilitation program and not a medical, psychiatric, or psychological program. All applicants requiring detoxification must do so prior to entry.

What is the success rate?

We do not collect statistical data pertaining to the success rate of our participants. However, based on a 1975 Federal study led by Dr. Catherine Hess of the U.S. Health Service and the National Institute on Drug Abuse Report discovered that the Teen Challenge Program had an 87.5% success rate after a multi-year study between Teen Challenge and other government-run programs was concluded. She also discovered that the government-run programs had a 1% – 15% cure rate. Her supposition was: “…the JESUS FACTOR made all the difference!”

Philippians 1:6 says, “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it…” We believe that the success rate is extremely high for the graduates of our program who are genuine about their new life and freedom found in Jesus Christ.

What is your stance on psychotropic medication?

We do not accept residents into our Program who are currently taking psychotropic medications. If applicants are on such medications, our policy prohibits participation in our program without detoxification and prior approval from a physician. If an applicant is incapacitated by his medication or the dosage he’s on, he may not be able to participate in the program.

What about my legal and court issues?

Participants in our program will be assisted with their legal and court issues while attending Long Island Teen Challenge. We have developed a relationship with the local courts and will work with the legal system on your behalf.

We assist in the following ways:

· We write letters to courts; probation/parole departments; and attorney offices on your behalf

· Make calls to your attorneys, etc. to inform them of your attendance in program.

· Provide regular updates and progress/urinalysis reports on your behalf

· In some cases we would transport you to your court hearings, probation/parole appointments

Do you help me get my high school diploma?

Participants in our program will be assisted with obtaining their G.E.D. while attending Long Island Teen Challenge. In order to be eligible for the G.E.D. program, you will have to be in attendance for at least 90 days.

What’s a typical day like there?

Our programs have been developed to encourage the student to cope with everyday life issues. Throughout each day, students typically rise early and have little free time, due to a busy schedule of:

~Devotions ~Discipleship Training ~Work Projects

~Meal Times ~Chapel Services ~Bible reading

~Recreational Activities

Lives are transformed at Teen Challenge by the power of God, which is stronger than the bonds of addiction. Teen Challenge helps the total person with spiritual, emotional, physical, social and educational challenges to prepare them for their new life.

Mornings are devoted to bible reading, prayer, chores, discipleship classes, and counseling; afternoons are dedicated to vocational training and work; and evenings are committed to recreation, mentoring sessions, Bible study, and fellowship.

The weekly curriculum is a combination of Teen Challenge International’s Group Studies for New Christians (GSNC) materials and biblical homework/study. Each student is assigned a personal mentor who has overcome addiction himself/herself and is trained in the Start Right Program mentoring program developed by Dr. Anna Ramos. Through personal discipleship, our mentors focus on the unique needs of each student as they lead them into a consecrated life in God.

Do you help sex offenders?

Due to community restrictions, we do not accept those who have a sex offense conviction into our residential program.

Why does the program have to be 12 - 14 months long? I’ve heard of others that are only 10 to 30 days long.

Well, it certainly would be much simpler for us to offer a short-term stay to people looking for help. But if there is one thing we’ve learned in our years of experience it is this: it has taken years for thought patterns and habits to become entrenched in a person’s life and it takes time for them to be turned around. The staff here at Long Island Teen Challenge is dedicated to seeing you find the real change you need. This simply takes time. As someone once put it, “God can save a man in an instant, but it takes time to build his character.” We understand that it may be a terrific sacrifice for you to come here for a year, but at least you’ll be leaving with real change.

Generally, those who come to us are sick and tired of their addiction, inflated promises and easy, “band-aid” answers that never seem to work. They are typically at a place where they are desperate for change—even if it means making a drastic commitment for a year in Long Island Teen Challenge.

How can I leave my family for 12 - 14 months or more? Who will take care of them?

We understand how the thought of leaving home, job, family and the security of being in control of your own life can be an absolutely overwhelming, and perhaps frightening, prospect for many of our students. After more than 23 years of dealing with hundreds of families who have had to face this dilemma, there are a few things we can share with you:

First, is simply the promise from the lips of Jesus Himself found in Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” This may seem like a trite or simplistic statement to someone who has a family to support, but it truly has been our experience that those who determine within their hearts to get their spiritual lives right, find an awesome God going to bat for them back at home.

The other thing we should mention is that getting your life back in order generally requires sacrifice. Many would like to have the solution but are not willing to make the necessary sacrifice. If we can be frank with you, that simply isn’t realistic. But we can also assure you, the rewards of such a sacrifice are definitely worthwhile. The real question is, “Are you willing to trust God?”

Can my family visit while I am there? Can I receive mail and phone calls?

The answer to all these questions is “yes”.

Our visits, mail and phone policies are as follows:

VISITS: After being in the program for 21 days, you may have three visits per week at our outreach center during our weekly meetings and services. (See Schedule on bottom). These visits are limited to immediate family members and others with the supervisor’s approval.

MAIL: After being in the program for 21 days, you may write and receive mail while in the program from family members. All outgoing and in-coming mail is screened. Mail is distributed daily by the counseling staff.

PHONE CALLS: After being in the program for 21 days, you are eligible to make outgoing phone calls to family members or others with the approval of the Program supervisor. Students are generally allowed phone calls on Sundays for 10 minutes – 15 minutes. Students that are married and/or are parents are allowed additional phone calls on Thursdays. You will have access to ministry phones. We do not allow incoming calls.

PASSES: After being in the program for 60 and 90 days, you may have an 8 hour daily pass with immediate family members on a Sunday after Church service. A Pass Request is required to be submitted 2 weeks prior pending the approval of the Executive Director. Weekend Passes are available after 120 days. Weekend visitations may extend up to 3 days (Friday–Sunday).

Can my family also receive counseling while I am in the program?

We do not have a counseling program set up for family members as part of our program. However, we do have a family support group (Freedom Families) that meets once a month. This is a real blessing for parents, spouses and children who have lost trust for their love ones due to their addiction and are currently enrolled in the program. They can hear for themselves, stories from other parents, about the process they too have gone through and how their love ones are progressing in the program.

It is also wonderful for our staff to be able to work with husbands and wives so that the inevitable marital difficulties which arise from addiction can be resolved. In addition we provide Strong Tower Christian Counseling Services at discounted cost per session.

How much detail should I share with my spouse or children about my addiction?

We encourage husbands and wives to be open and honest about their addiction with their spouses, but we discourage giving graphic details about the experiences. Such imagery can negatively impact them, and in most cases the details are simply unnecessary. Our mentors can guide students through this disclosure process in a way that promotes healing.

When the children find out daddy (or mommy) has to go away for a while, how much should I tell them?

While it is wise to provide an honest answer to your children, it is also wise not to give too many details about their parent’s sin. Simply sharing with them that their parent is going away to “Bible School” or to learn more about Jesus so he or she can learn to be a better parent will usually suffice, depending on the age of the child, of course.

What should I tell my extended family and friends about where I’ll be for the next 12 -14 months?

It is always appropriate to simply let them know that you’re going way to draw closer to the Lord. If your pastor is aware of your situation, he/she will most likely be able to offer you guidance with how to handle this in your local church.

What are the qualifications of your counselors?

We do not have “counselors” at our program. However, each of the male and female interns and staff are graduates of our residential Program. These graduates have been trained in Recovery Mentoring and they know what it takes to find victory over addiction. Each student in the program is assigned a Recovery Mentor. Each Recovery Mentor receives training through our Start Right Program developed by Dr. Anna Ramos. This allows the mentors to effectively engage the students in the recovery process. The combination of personal victory over addiction and credible training sets our mentoring staff apart.

Our Mentoring Department is running under the leadership of Dr. Anna Ramos who have received hers Bachelors of Arts from Central Bible College, obtained her Master’s and Doctorate Degrees in Counseling. And is a licensed Mental Health Counselor and member of the ACA, IAMFC, and IAAOC.

How will I (or the staff) know when I’m ready to graduate the Program?

Because our mentors and staff pray for each of their mentees regularly; have weekly one-on-one sessions with them; and are able to observe their progress over several months, they are able to determine an appropriate graduation date for each student based on the degree of genuine change that has taken place within them and their completion of all the assigned curriculum materials.

What can I do to help my spouse while I’m going through the Program?

We encourage spouses to pray for their spouse and believe the Lord to do a deep and lasting work within them. We do offer counseling through our Strong Tower Christian Counseling Services and emotional support through networking with Freedom Families. We find that typically a spouse is really encouraged by his or her spouse’s participation in these services and that in many ways they are on the same page seeking the Lord for themselves and holding faith for the restoration of their marriage.

What kind of follow-up is there after the program is completed?

Graduates in our Program are encouraged to maintain periodic contact with their mentor after completing their program. In addition, those who fall back into old habits are invited to return for our 4 – 6 months Restoration Program. Typically a short period of intervention via our Restoration Program is sufficient to get them back on track.

Graduates from Long Island Teen Challenge may apply for Strong Tower Christian Counseling Services or attend weekly meetings at our family outreach center for additional accountability and fellowship at any time, even if it has been years since their graduation.
For students who complete our program, we encourage you to stay accountable with another godly person who’s willing to assist you for a period of time, especially with any struggles with lust and temptation. We also urge spouses to be accountable with their spouses, especially in areas such as finances, computer and cell phone usage, and time away from home.

Also, graduates are encouraged to make sure their home is a sanctuary—a place where Jesus would feel welcome and comfortable. If your home needs a good purging, then don’t let anything stop you! After God has done a deep work in your heart, you and your family want to cut off every avenue of the enemy in your home. This may include certain magazines, inappropriate movies and even the television if need-be! You also want to make sure every computer, cell phone and other Wi-Fi enabled gadget in your possession is equipped with a reliable Internet filter.

Exit plan Career Development Program (Phase 3)

Another aspect of the emerging leaders program is the EXIT plan. Upon graduating from induction phase, the student is required to submit a written decision of a 2-5 year plan. In this EXIT plan is a written decision for the student’s career choice, whether it be ministry related, or a job in the secular field. This EXIT plan will help the teacher place the student in the appropriate academic course, whether it is a ministry course, or a business course. The class would still meet together as a corporate second phase class and continue to study the proposed discipleship curriculum. The student would is assigned a book for the appropriate track to be completed on their own time.

To further the EXIT plan process, the developers have inquired a job fair/career day. This is a class that is held every two months for graduating students to explore their options by being resourced with material explaining technical schools, job placement programs, bible colleges, etc. Also in this class the students will learn ways to prepare a professional resume’ and participate in mock interviews, where students are exposed to frequent asked questions by perspective employers. It is the desire of Long Island Teen Challenge that men not only graduate sober and spiritually adequate, but physically and practically prepared to return and benefit society. The senior student must work with the Academic Dean to expedite the EXIT plan by contacting prospective employers, pastors, and housing authorities to ensure that the student makes a successful exit and is adequately prepared to make a smooth transition into society.

What kind of accountability should an individual or family have once they have completed the program?

For students who complete our program, we encourage you to stay accountable with another godly person who’s willing to assist you for a period of time, especially with any struggles with lust and temptation. We also urge spouses to be accountable with their spouses, especially in areas such as finances, computer and cell phone usage, and time away from home.

Also, graduates are encouraged to make sure their home is a sanctuary—a place where Jesus would feel welcome and comfortable. If your home needs a good purging, then don’t let anything stop you! After God has done a deep work in your heart, you and your family want to cut off every avenue of the enemy in your home. This may include certain magazines, inappropriate movies and even the television if need-be! You also want to make sure every computer, cell phone and other Wi-Fi enabled gadget in your possession is equipped with a reliable Internet filter.

Will I be able to work on the outside? What about my job?

Participants in our program will be unable to continue their current job or obtain new employment while attending the program. Teen Challenge is a working program, so each participant must understand that they would be required and expected to participate in our vocational training platforms available.

Long Island Teen Challenge is a non-profit organization, and as such, we do not receive any government funding. We do receive financial support from donations to the ministry; however, there are several different types of vocational platforms such as “Blessingdales: (name of our thrift store), and fundraising efforts that God uses to support the financial needs of the ministry.

Special Events, Blessingdales, and other vocational training areas are a two-fold blessing. First, they provide necessary funds for the functioning of the ministry. Secondly, they provide an opportunity for the students to gain training, work experience, and various job skills that will be beneficial for the future employment success.

During your stay at Teen Challenge you will be expected to participate in these various vocational training and fundraising efforts as they arise. The most important fundraising tasks include: Store Front Ministry; Walk-A-Thon; the US Tennis Open; and other miscellaneous.