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New Perspectives - Jun, 1995 Issue #34 

TEEN CHALLENGE
of North Louisiana, Inc.
Joe F. Akins, President
Shreveport, Louisiana 
318-425-8336

They operate a home for 10 teenage girls ages 13-16 upon admission. They are certified as meeting the accreditation standards of National Teen Challenge Office, Springfield, Missouri. 

They essentially are a home for girls and strive to maintain a loving family atmosphere. Academics is provided through Grace Christian Academy, a Christian private school which is designed to work with students where they are in terms of academic progress. An individualized plan is developed for each student that is flexible to fit each individual's particular needs so she can work at their academic level without being stigmatized. The students are not formally classified into grades (except for Dept. Of Education record keeping purposes). 

The fundamental principle of Teen Challenge is that personal relationship with Christ and spiritual growth is life transforming, and produces profound change in a person's self understanding and approach to life. For this reason considerable emphasis is placed on the religious dimension of spiritual development.

The bulk of the day is spent in school, with a self-paced approach that emphasizes remedial work. Each girl has one formal counseling session each week. At least one formal group counseling session is held weekly. Informal counseling, both individual and group, is conducted on an ongoing, as needed basis.... The professional staff consists of five persons. Girls who need medication supervision are referred to a psychiatrist. Tuition is on a sliding scale, based on the parent's income, but is very reasonable even if the parents pay the top rate. 

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