IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS: 1,439 teens will attempt suicide. 15,006 teens will use drugs. 3,506 teens will run away. (1) 1,511 teen pregnancies.
To parents of troubled teenagers, many of the behaviors mentioned subsequently, and the fears of the statistics mentioned above, may seem all too familiar. Today's teens are under tremendous peer pressure to participate in self-defeating and self-destructive behaviors. As they search to find their own identity amidst a crowd of negative influences, frequently their attitude and behavior will spiral out of control. Teens are exposed to an environment where drugs, violence, sex, money and peer pressure are an ever-present force that affects both their behavior and perception of life. Today's teens are more deceived, protected and sheltered from the consequences of their behavior than ever before. In spite of your love and attention, their judgment has become temporarily clouded, rendering them incapable of comprehending the direction of their life choices. The following are just some of the symptoms some of these troubled teenagers are exuding:
New Hope is designed to help young men and women build character, acquire self-discipline, develop stamina, increase accountability, and to learn appreciation of others. New Hope specializes in the treatment of young men and women between the ages of 11-20, who are experiencing conduct and behavior problems. The individual treatment planning at New Hope is aimed at facilitating a change of heart, healing and strengthening family relationships, and inviting new beginnings. We have one competent staff member for every two young people.
New Hope is an arena for relationships, a dedication to excellence, and a commitment from our staff to be involved with the young people, working together to provide a setting for change in the heart of struggling kids. We offer hope and direction to families caught in crisis situations with their teens.
My family and I have been missionaries among the YanomamÃ¶ Indians for 27 years. We have 5 children, 4 married and actively serving the Lord. Our youngest is still at home in High School. We have lived, for the most part, 300 miles into the Amazon Jungle of Venezuela and Brazil. We are experts in Jungle Survival, as well as in using horses to facilitate behavioral changes. I am an Equine Specialist, Equine Assisted Learning specialist and EAGALA certified. I coached both varsity football and basketball in Florida. We have 30 years experience in teaching, counseling, and coaching, ranging from youth to adults.
New Hope is structured to facilitate change in the hearts of these youth from a Christian perspective. Our program is a 21 day program, where the young people and qualified staff live deep in the woods in tents. All of the demands of everyday living takes place there, isolated from all of modern-day conveniences. We use horses as the main activity to work with the youth. The first 2 weeks is all done with ground work with the horses, which also facilitates therapy as well as hard work. In the last week, we actually teach the young people to ride and spend time doing some trail riding. Each day, there are required physical exercises that we do together.
The ultimate goal of New Hope is to see the young people making positive choices in their lives, changing their heart attitudes positively, to facilitate a better relationship with their parents. We certainly believe Jesus Christ is the focal point for change, after one recognizes a heart need.
1 (Every day 1.3 million runaway teens are on the street; each year 5,000 of them will die from assault, illness or suicide.)