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Character & Leadership

Developing important life and leadership skills

Character and leadership skills are developed as clients work their way through fourteen group studies (GSNC) and seven customized individual learning units (PACE). During this time clients participate in about 3-4 hours of classroom study every day.

Group Studies for New Christians (GSNC)

Group Studies for New Christians is composed of 14 learning units. Each unit takes about 3 weeks to complete.

  • Attitudes
  • Temptation
  • Growing Through Failure
  • Christian Practices
  • Anger and Personal Rights
  • Love and Accepting Myself
  • Personal Relationships with Others

Personal Accelerated Christian Education (PACE)

Clients must also complete a customized individual program called 'PACE'. Guided by his teacher/counsellor, the client decides which units would best benefit him and signs an accountability contract promising to complete the units.

  • Orientation
  • Self-image and Identity
  • Spiritual growth
  • Relationships
  • Leadership
  • Future plans and next steps

In addition to classroom study, clients develop character and leadership skills by giving back to the community through volunteering at the West End Food Bank once a week. Four or six clients sort canned goods, bag groceries and tidy the facility 4 hours/week. Also, clients are occasionally asked to help people in the community to pack and move house.

Those in the program also learn about leadership and build character when they are invited to share a meal in the homes of volunteer families. This project helps to demonstrate for the clients what a stable family looks like so that when the clients return to their own families they will be better equipped to lead. Host families are encouraged to hear about the ways in which God is changing lives at Teen Challenge.

In July 2012, the Atlantic Men's Centre will begin a new pilot project with Camp Evangeline in Nova Scotia. Here clients will develop character and leadership skills and learn hands-on work skills as they cook and serve 245 meals 3x /day for the month of July.