Phase One: Outreach and Evangelism – all Teen Challenge programs carry out this phase in some aspect of their program. It is the core of the process and the reason why Teen Challenge was birthed. In its very essence, this phase entails going out into the community, seeking those who require the = assistance of Teen Challenge, and making them aware that life can be better.
Phase Two: Crisis and Referral – is the procedure of assisting individuals with the immediate crisis at hand in relation to the use and/or abuse of drugs and alcohol. Then providing them with an appropriate and accurate referral to services that are conducive to his/her needs. In rare instances a crisis and referral center may include, in its services, short term (1-4 weeks) residential care while placement is applied for and readied at an Induction Center.
Phase Three: Induction Center – is the beginning of residential services at Teen Challenge and is the service most commonly referred to when “entering” the program. Typically, an Induction phase is 3-6 months of residential care. During that time, the participant will experience all aspects of the program after an initial orientation phase.
Phase Four: Training Center – is typically a 6-12-month residential phase of the program following a successful completion of the Induction Phase. The curriculum, policies and experiences a participant has in this phase vary dramatically from program to program. Many Teen Challenge programs offer life-skills classes in personal money management, relationships, job skills, adult basic education and GED classes.
Phase Five: Re-entry – is offered in many programs after graduation if a participant chooses to relocate into the area of the program instead of going back home. Normally the program consists of part-time help at the Teen Challenge Center and a 6-month contractual arrangement involving bank accounts, purchasing an automobile, and other necessary stages towards independence.
Phase Six: Restoration – is the most diverse of the phases at Teen Challenge and is currently available in limited areas. This involves the process of assisting graduates of Teen Challenge who have gone out and experienced some problems or experienced a relapse and require a safe place to recover and regroup. (Not yet widely recognized or adopted as a phase in the TC program, although widely practiced)