This Teen Challenge Girls Academy is a non-profit Christian boarding school providing an affordable safe haven for adolescent girls in Alexandria, Virginia and around the nation; girls who have sought to fill a void in their lives through negative peer influences, self-destructive habits, or risky substances.
After trying every option in their quest to help their daughter, families in Alexandria, Virginia turn to the Teen Challenge Columbus Girls Academy. They have usually tried relocation, counseling, and medication, and getting nowhere. Some have been told by loved ones that it would be best for their girl to get away from home for awhile and from negative influences and peers. That is when they make the call for the help of a therapeutic boarding school, like the Teen Challenge Columbus Girl’s Academy.
The typical prospective resident from Alexandria, Virginia was once moving toward a bright future; however, as a result of self-destructive choices or substance abuse, her life may end up far different from what everyone hoped for. Where there was once excelling grades, there is academic failure. Where there were once athletic, artistic or musical abilities, there is a loss of interest. The young woman who once sought her parents’ direction, love, approval and acceptance, now depends on her peers to fulfill those needs; she is willing to allow them to lead her down a dark path in life.
While shifts usually happen in the moods of girls going through early adolescence, some precipitating factors can leave a void in a girl’s life and lead to extremely self-destructive and angry behaviors. These factors include:
- Death of a parent or loved one
- Early abuse (known or hidden)
- Family split
- A difficult or especially critical parent
- Bullying from others/Loss of friends
- Loss of economic status or a change to a new home or school
- Chronic illness of a loved one
- Physical invasion or mental intimidation
- Gang membership
- Excessive interest in pornography
- Negative peer influences
Resulting from such factors, girls from Alexandria, Virginia who enroll in our the Teen Challenge program generally demonstrate attitudes and actions including:
- Loss of a positive self-image
- Depression/Suicidal thoughts
- Manipulation of family and parents
Usually, prior to choosing CGA, families in Alexandria, Virginia have sought help from psychiatry and the use of medication. While such medications can help alleviate the symptoms of deeper issues, we have achieved great success in helping girls get off of them once and for all. All but the most severe psychological issues are generally precipitated by deeper emotional issues, which must be dealt with having a clear mind. Psychotropic drugs are reduced over time with the care of our physician and the family’s psychiatrist.
Most girls who come to CGA in Columbus, Georgia, from Alexandria, Virginia have been previously diagnosed with psychological disorders like:
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Reactive Attachment Disorder(RAD)
- Depression or Manic Depression
Progression of a typical Teen Challenge resident from Alexandria, VA:
When a student enrolls in Columbus Girls Academy it is typical for her to exhibit blame-shifting, avoidance of responsibility, and sometimes complete denial of wrongdoing. Soon after enrollment, the resident begins to experience some sorrow for the consequences of her prior actions. Essentially, she is “sorry” for being caught in her actions, but she has yet to experience a turning away from that behavior. This may be very similar to the roller coaster that parents have been living with at home — pledges to change, moments of peace, that cycle back to repeat and crisis. Regret does not change individuals, repentance does.
Usually, adolescents have been spared or delayed the heartache of the full-blown consequences for their bad decisions; sometimes by well-intending authorities in their life. So, as a result, adolescents are not always entirely certain of the need for change in their lives. However, the parent is convinced of the need for intervention, because their daughter is obviously headed for lifelong trouble if such actions persist. The Teen Challenge Columbus Girls Academy is an intervention program, hopefully intervening in troubled adolescents’ lives before they go on with life habitually living in a dysfunctional lifestyle.
At Teen Challenge we daily see the total transformation that can happen in the lives of girls. This total transformation displays itself in new attitudes and actions marked by:
- Reconciliation with God and family
- Acknowledgement of past wrongs, accepting responsibility and seeking forgiveness
- Acceptance of the unique individual they are
- Academic improvements
- Gifts and talents begin to come to the surface
- Becomes a positive influence on others
- Speaks truthfully and makes the truth known
- Submits to authority
- Begins to have a vision for a positive future
- A happy and peaceful attitude.
Please call at (334)855-3695 or contact us using the online inquiry form to learn students from Alexandria, Virginia year-round.
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The Columbus Girls Academy Teen Challenge program isn’t in Alexandria, Virginia, but it accepts young women from Alexandria, Virginia.
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Alexandria is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of 2010, the city had a total population of 139,966. Located along the Western bank of the Potomac River, Alexandria is approximately six miles south of downtown Washington, D.C.
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