The Refuge Girls Academy in Central Indiana offers struggling girls, ages 13-17, a faith-based program and personal therapy for healing from behavioral or academic problems. Our 12 to 15-month residential program helps girls acquire a healthy mind, body, and spirit while living in a structured, reliable setting.
The Refuge uses a caring approach, teaching girls to live well and flourish. As they interact in group Bible studies and the Stay Sharp™ prevention course, girls learn to embrace God’s love, practice responsibility, and discover their purpose in life. Troubled girls also experience character-building activities, equine therapy, and community service opportunities at local churches in small-town Central Indiana.
When girls need to improve and earn school credits, The Refuge provides personalized classroom and online academics for each girl, with help from an experienced tutor in our secure, on-campus classroom.
An exceptional feature of The Refuge involves dozens of local women mentors from area churches who spend time and support our resident teen girls. Mentors offer vital support and guidance, bring gifts, attend parties with her, and even take her off-campus with qualified staff to enjoy time together at Lebanon’s shops, diners, and parks. Where else could a struggling teen girl in a residential boarding school find this personal and spiritual support from a local Christian woman who truly cares and prays for her? You can only find it here at The Refuge Girls Academy in Central Indiana, a Teen Challenge program!
A consistent daily schedule helps our students build healthy bodies, minds, and spirits.
Girls exercise four times a week at the local athletic facility, have gardening classes, art therapy, and equine therapy.
On-campus activities include gathering daily for morning and evening devotions and Chapel services on Wednesdays.
We personalize each girl’s schoolwork for academic repair and improvement—resident girls study online courses in our secure campus classroom, assisted by our tutor and staff.
In our active vocational program, girls acquire marketable job skills and hands-on experience in downtown Lebanon, IN at Starbucks, Arnie’s Pizza, and our new mobile coffee truck, “The Lebanon Brew.”
“I have been a long time support of the work Teen Challenge has accomplished and the help they have provided over the years.”
“Teen Challenge is effective; it is literally changing the lives of young Americans from every walk of life. The work and dedication of Teen Challenge deserves the commendation of every citizen.”
“Organizations like Teen Challenge…have a far better record of dealing with social issues and people in difficulty than do the bureaucrats.”
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“Teen Challenge is one of the most successful programs in our country.”
“Teen Challenge offers hope and restoration to individuals by exchanging their distorted views on life with God’s perspectives.”
“I have not seen a more effective ministry in leading hurting people to a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.”
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“Teen Challenge is doing the job that others only talk about. Teen Challenge is a reputable institution that needs to be highlighted.”
Teen Challenge changed my life completely, I learned what it really meant to be a Christian and after I graduated I learned how hard it was to live what I was taught. It has been a struggle for me but now I know what it is like to live. (…)
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