This Teen Challenge Girls Academy is a non-profit Christian boarding school located near Columbus, Georgia, providing an affordable safe haven for adolescent girls in Jasper, Georgia and around the country; girls who have sought to fill a void in their lives through negative peer influences, self-destructive habits, or risky substances.
After exhausting every option in their search to help their daughter, parents in Jasper, Georgia are happy to find the Teen Challenge Girls Academy near Columbus, Georgia. They have usually tried psychologists, medications, and rehabs, all without success. Some have been told by psychologists that it would be a good idea 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 Christian boarding school for troubled teens, like the Teen Challenge Columbus Girls Academy.
The typical girl who is enrolled from Jasper, Georgia at the Teen Challenge Girls Academy was that she was once bright and talented; however, as a result of self-destructive choices or substance abuse, her future has been compromised. Where there was once excelling grades, there is academic failure. Where there were once athletic, artistic or musical abilities, there is disdain for what she held dear. The young girl who once sought her parents’ direction, love, approval and acceptance, now has sifted to her peers to fulfill those needs; she is willing to allow them to lead her down a destructive path in life.
While changes usually happen in the moods of girls going through early adolescence, some precipitating factors can leave a void in a young woman’s life and bring out 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 move to a new home or school
- Chronic illness of a loved one
- Physical invasion or mental intimidation
- Gang participation
- Excessive interest in pornography
- Negative peer influences
As a result of such factors, girls from Jasper, Georgia who enroll in our the Teen Challenge program generally demonstrate issues and behaviors including:
- Low self-esteem
- Depression/Suicidal thoughts
- Manipulation of family and parents
- Alcohol or drug abuse
Often, prior to choosing CGA, parents in Jasper, Georgia have gotten help from psychiatry and the use of medication. While psychotropic medications can help alleviate the symptoms of deeper issues, we have achieved great success in weening girls off of them once and for all. All but the most severe psychological issues are generally precipitated by deeper emotional issues, which must be addressed and solved with a clear mind. Psychotropic drugs are eliminated over time with the care of our physician and the family’s psychiatrist.
Most girls who come to CGA in Columbus, Georgia, from Jasper, Georgia have been previously diagnosed with behavioral disorders including:
- Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Reactive Attachment Disorder(RAD)
- Depression or Manic Depression
Progression of a typical Teen Challenge student from Jasper, GA:
When a student comes to 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 girl begins to feel some sorrow for the consequences of her prior actions. Essentially, she is sad 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, periods of peace, that cycle back to repeat and crisis. Regret does not change behavior, repentance does.
Often, teens have been spared or delayed the trouble of the entire consequences for their negative decisions; sometimes by well-intending authorities in their life. So, as a result, adolescents are not always convinced of the need for change in their lives. However, the parent is certain of the need for intervention, because their teenager 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 self-destructive lifestyle.
We can be reached at (334)855-3695 or inquire using the online inquiry form to register young women from Jasper, Georgia year-round.
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The Columbus Girls Academy Teen Challenge program isn’t in Jasper, Georgia, but it accepts girls from Jasper, Georgia.
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Jasper is a city in Pickens County, Georgia, United States. The population was 3,684 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Pickens CountyGR. It is named after General Andrew Pickens, a Revolutionary War hero who fought the Cherokee in 1760 and 1782.
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