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    Ozarks Teen Challenge Boys Academy

    PROGRAM GUIDE “Where life transformation Happens”

  • Ozarks Teen Challenge: Program Guide

    By Ozarks Teen Challenge

    Designed by Peggy Niebuhr & Wendy Buttacy

    © 2014, Ozarks Teen Challenge, Branson West, MO

    All rights, including the right of presentation or reproduction in whole or in part in any form, are reserved under the Universal Copyright Convention and all other pertinent conventions, treaties or proclamations.

    No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of Ozarks Teen Challenge

    For more information contact:

    Ozarks Teen Challenge P.O. BOX 2066 Branson West, MO 65737 Phone: 417.272-3784

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    “Where Life Transformation


    Welcome to Ozarks Teen Challenge Boys Academy Michael and Wendy Buttacy, Executive Directors

    Here you will find much more than a mere rehabilitation program. Rehabilitation involves restoration to an original state. We at Teen Challenge believe that God has a greater plan for your family. He intends to transform your loved one into the young man that he was created to be. Please browse the pages of this program overview with assurance that there is an answer for your situation. Our hope is that this simple assurance will change your outlook from one of pain and despair to HOPE, and that you’ll consider our program as an agent of blessing to your family.

    The Ozarks Teen Challenge Difference

    Holding to the same core values, which have made Teen Challenge so effective for over 50 years, we endeavor to facilitate transformation in your loved one’s life. These values are not a simple therapeutic formula for changing him. They are principles, which are centered on communion with the God of transformation. This is fundamental because deep, lasting change comes through a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ.

    Through structured, daily habits and spiritual nurturing, we intend not only to introduce your loved one to Jesus Christ, but to guide him into true discipleship. As he grows as a disciple, you will begin to see his anger, indifference, and destructive behaviors diminish while his countenance begins to reflect that of Christ.

    Whether Ozarks Teen Challenge is your first or your last attempt to resolve his crisis, we are confident in the redemptive, transforming power of God. We trust that He who created your loved on also intends to prosper him.

    Contact Us Today Our Admissions Coordinator, Adam Holderread, would love to talk with you today to assess your family’s needs and to help in any way we can.

    Call: 417-272-3784 E-mail: admissions@ozarkstc.org Website: www.ozarksteenchallenge.com

  • Measuring Success Follow-up evaluations are conducted with parents up to five years later (including those whose student’s did not complete the program) and those evaluations reveal:

    • 83% reported an increase in respect for parents, siblings, & other authority figures

    • 77.7% reported an increase in healthy relationships and secured employment

    • 69.2% reported a reduction (or elimination) of at risk behaviors

    • 69.2% of graduates are currently enrolled in college

    Life Transformation Ultimately, our success is seen most clearly through the faces and testimonies of our students and families themselves. To hear their testimonies of hope, check- out our website: www.ozarksteenchallenge.com

    The following packet is an overview of how we facilitate this life transformation through Christ centered programming.

    Our Program Ozarks Teen Challenge Boys Academy is a 15 month program that recognizes the importance of addressing each student’s unique needs. Every aspect of our program: the structure of their day, individualized academic & discipleship tracts, recreation therapy, leadership training, & life skills projects are developed with intentionality, focusing upon your their personal growth and development. The results, speak for themselves:


  • Time Event 6:00 a.m. Worship Area Open for Prayer 7:00 a.m. Official Wake-Up

    7:30 a.m. Morning Devotions & Prayer

    8:00 a.m. Breakfast (Every meal is freshly

    prepared on site)

    8:30 a.m. Clean-Up & Chores

    9:00 a.m. Ozark Boy’s Academy 1st Session

    12:00 p.m. Lunch

    12:30 p.m. Clean-up & Chores

    1:00 p.m. Group & Personal Discipleship Classes

    2:45 p.m. Recreation Therapy

    5:00 p.m. Dinner

    5:30 p.m. Cleanup & Chores

    6:30 p.m. Free Session (Students may choose

    from a variety of activities to enjoy & relax)

    7:30 p.m. Ozark Boy’s Academy 2nd Session &

    Parent Phone Calls

    9:00 p.m. Prep Time For Lights Out

    9:30 p.m. Lights Out

    A Typical Day A typical day at Ozarks Teen Challenge consists of a highly structured schedule focused upon building responsibility, punctuality, and consistency in the lives of our students. We encourage the development of personal responsibility by making chores such as: making their beds, cleaning their closets and hanging clothes properly a standard here at Ozarks TC.


  • 5-Phase System

    Phase 1: Finding Personal Value

    Students begin to understand their personal value, God’s love for them, and His purpose for their lives. Understanding this value assists them in confronting and managing their emotions, developing greater personal discipline/work ethic, and in taking responsibility for their actions.

    Phase 2: Building Relationships

    Students deepen their relationships with God, family, friends, and their mentors by finding their identity in Christ and growing in the spiritual disciplines. They learn how to seek reconciliation, set healthy boundaries, and how to develop healthy, trustworthy relationships.

    Phase 3: Servant Leadership

    Students prepare themselves for future success by developing in servant leadership, personal integrity and faithful obedience. They are also encouraged to find vision and purpose within God’s will for their lives.

    Phase 4: Changing Culture

    Students learn to maintain and safeguard their faith and integrity within always changing cultural settings by developing a definition of their “new normal” and by becoming positive culture changers.

    Phase 5: Transitioning Home

    Students prepare for their transition home by setting future career, life, and education goals and discussing expectations, rules, and safeguards alongside their families.

    Here at Ozarks Teen Challenge we believe in encouraging students to take ownership of their lives by demonstrating positive spiritual, mental and emotional growth. We focus this growth within phases. As students graduate from one phase to the next, they are rewarded with more personal privileges and responsibilities.


  • Personality Accountibility We believe that learning to take personal responsibility for one’s actions and the consequences of those actions is of vital importance for our student’s current and future success. Just as positive behaviors and proven growth earn our students privileges and phase advancement, negative behaviors result in a restriction of privileges or even a phase reduction.

    Accountability Structure If a staff member witnesses behaviors that warrant some additional accountability, they will fill out a consequence report and notify the student that he is doing so. This report includes a description of the student’s behaviors and what the consequences for those actions will be. Two staff members then sign-off on the report and it is reviewed by our Program Director, to ensure fairness and equality in our accountability process.

    The student is then presented with the consequence report. The staff member will explain why he is receiving the report, what is required of him, and the student is then able to sign, as well, agreeing to the outlined accountability. Our staff also discuss with the student why they acted in that way and how they can make better choices in the future.

    Consequences Here is a list of some of the types of consequences that may be assigned to a student if they demonstrate negative behaviors while in the program:

    • Written Character Qualities (i.e. Descriptions of Wisdom, Respect....etc) - Students are required to write out a certain number of copies of these descriptions during their normal recreational/free time. - The Character Quality assigned is correlated with the type of negative behavior that is being addressed.

    • Physical Training - Students are assigned additional physical training during their normal recreational/free time (Plenty of water, breaks, and supervision are provided to ensure training is done properly and safely.)

    • Loss of Privileges (i.e. off-campus outings & events, and Phase privileges)

    • Increased Chore Responsibilities


  • Academics Ozarks Boys Academy is the educational portion of your student’s stay with us. It features:

    • Personal One-On-One Tutoring

    • Video tutoring

    • Fully customizable class curriculum

    • Self-Paced Classes

    • Year-Round Education

    Field Trips Educational field trips to places such as Wilsons Creek Battlefield, the Titanic museum, Table Rock Lake Dam, Army Co