Treasure Coast Boys Academy is a residential boarding school and counseling program just for at-risk boys. It has an on-campus accredited, private school registered with the State of Florida. It is a safe haven for boys ages 12-17 years of age with out-of-control behaviors.
The non-profit program is designed to bring about a change in behavior and attitude for boys who are struggling with behavioral and motivational issues such as: falling grades, school suspension, anger, defiance, depression, attention deficit or attachment disorders. They are also successful in resolving drug and alcohol abuse and addictions, which often coincide with behavioral issues.
The ranch property is located on a 30-acre parcel, 10 miles west of Vero Beach, Florida in cattle and orchard country. The boys begin in a dorm setting and finish in a large home with house parents. The property features a well-equipped gym and weight machines, soccer field, baseball diamond, basketball court, pool, game room, fishing ponds, and professional sport fishing boats to take frequent fishing trips. They have horses on the property that are often ridden, and at times taken on camping trips. They form strong relationships with each boy and much of the life-changing experiences take place while involved in these outdoor activities.
The staff works with each boy in cooperation with and participation of their family, bringing to the table a vast amount of experience. The therapeutic team helps repair the significant catalysts in each boy’s life that are bringing on their poor choices and self-destructive attitudes and behaviors.
Residents are encouraged to challenge and encourage each other to live out their faith in everything they do and say. Residents pray for one another and challenge each other through positive peer pressure to walk in the righteousness of God, which is demonstrated through the Godly character traits such as purity, honesty, and generosity.
The program believes that the first change must be a heart change… leading an out-of-control teenager to a second chance at attaining a bright future of successful living.
Each student at our ranch has an opportunity to spend time in the mountain wilderness. In the mountains, each boy will experience camping, whitewater rafting, hiking, and other wilderness adventures. This experience is to show students that life can be exciting and adventurous without the negative influence that was a part of their life in the past. Hiking, canoeing, camping, and outdoor activities are usually not a part of the lives of most young people today, but they are with the boys here. It is through these fun outings that we can get to the root of the issues in a boy’s life. It’s an easy place to talk and share hurts and pains; then the campfire that evening gives an opportunity to further talk and pray for one another. These trips are memory makers that last a lifetime!
INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP THERAPY
Therapy is ongoing – all day, every day. Individual counseling sessions are not as frequent as the many 10-15 minute life coaching that takes place during school, work, or a sporting event. As was once said, the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man. A simple horse ride can provide a life-changing conversation in a young man’s life. The same can be said for a day on the lake fishing with a good mentor.
Treasure Coast Boys Academy understands that success in life transformation depends on a strong loving family atmosphere when going home. Unconditional love with clear well-defined boundaries is just a few of the family dynamics we focus on teaching the family while the student is here.
Treasure Coast Boys Academy specializes in helping boys who are exhibiting the following:
- skipping school, resulting in failing grades
- abnormal lack of ambition and depression
- outbursts of anger and destruction of home property
- absence from the home for extended periods of time
- stealing from family members
- poor choice of friends and suspected drug use
Lives are transformed by the power of God that is stronger than the bonds of rebellion or addiction. They help the total person with spiritual, emotional, physical, social, and educational challenges to prepare them for their new life.
Spiritually: The student’s symptoms are indicative of deeper problems and conflicts; we understand that a new life in Christ will give them the power and ability to overcome these problems and live a more productive life.
Emotionally: The healing of the past is necessary. Bible studies enhance mental growth and serve as a foundation for creating new lives.
Physically: They care for the physical needs of the students.
Socially: Students learn to work through relationship problems with their peers and with their families at home. They will learn to apply the character qualities they learn in the classroom to their everyday lives.
Treasure Coast Boys Academy provides focused and individualized academic attention for the students in its care. Education goes on and credits are earned, but education is not the program’s primary focus. Character, integrity, hard work, and respect for others are what we concern ourselves most with. If those attributes are in place, education is more easily accomplished on campus and when the boy returns home.
ACCREDITATION AND DUAL ENROLLMENT — Students at Teen Challenge’s private Christian School are simultaneously enrolled in Edgenuity’s Online school. Edgenuity is fully accredited by Cognia, the world’s largest educational community with over 27,000 public and private schools. It gives students courses through an accredited program that will help them transfer credits, apply for federal grants, and pursue admission to colleges or universities while still being enrolled at Teen Challenge’s private Christian School. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has also approved the Edgenuity instructional model and curriculum for online instruction of student-athletes.
Edgenuity Virtual Academy is a leading provider of online curriculum and instructional services. It is in use by more than 20,000 schools, including 20 of the 25 largest school districts, to meet academic goals and improve student outcomes.
While the Edgenuity program is intuitive and self-paced, our own certified classroom teachers make sure that our students keep up their coursework, offer to tutor, answer any questions, and give each student plenty of encouragement. Our teachers and parents as well are able to see at a glance how well each student is doing, through the online Edgenuity portal. Students who fail to keep up or are having difficulty with a certain topic are specifically helped, but if they are just dragging their feet out of rebellion, they may lose out on some privileges like outings and fun times until they choose to get caught up.
- Multi Award-winning platforms for virtual learning.
- Fully accredited by COGNIA (formerly known as AdvancEd).
- Three levels of Internet filtering/monitoring for a safe & secure online learning experience.
- Flexible course options.
- College courses are available for those that graduate HS while in the program.
Therapy is ongoing all day, every day. Individual counseling sessions are not as frequent as the many 10-15 minute life coaching that takes place during school, work, or a sporting event. As was once said, the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man. A simple horse ride can provide a life-changing conversation in a young man’s life at our boys’ ranch. The same can be said for a day on the lake fishing with a good mentor. There are many variables that surround a person who is abusing drugs and alcohol, causing them to continue on the path of destruction. Through equine therapy, Treasure Coast teaches the boys to care for something else in their life, and that has a profound impact on their own actions and motivations.
“It was the best decision we have made in our entire life. Our son’s life was saved from destruction on this earth and for eternity. The education was the finest he could have gotten anywhere. He became a self-disciplined student with motivated study habits and finished with a 3.9 GPA. He now has the desire and compassion to serve in his community and church, as well as tutoring and mentoring younger kids.” – Parent of Former Student