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Character & Leadership

Developing important life and leadership skills

Character and leadership skills are developed as students work their way through fourteen group studies (GSNC) and seven customized individual learning units (PACE). During this time students 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)

Students must also complete a customized individual program called 'PACE'. Guided by his teacher/counsellor, the student 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

Individualized tutoring is available for students with learning difficulties. Students who have not completed their GED will receive tutoring in basic math and/or literacy if necessary.


Teen Challenge has entered into a partnership with Emmanuel Bible College, to benefit the TC students who have a calling and commitment to Christian service, through the provision of ministry training and higher education. This partnership provides graduates of the Teen Challenge Program, who have successfully participated in its intensive rehabilitation and discipleship program, with the opportunity of a reduction in the costs of certain programs and courses at Emmanuel Bible College.

Students also learn about leadership and build character by participating in the Northpark Families Project. In this project, volunteer families from Northpark Church invite students into their homes once a month to spend an evening or share a meal during the fall and winter. This project helps to demonstrate for the students what a stable family looks like so that when the students return to their own families they will be better equipped to lead.

In addition, students learn to give back to the community through community service projects such as volunteering at a local day camp or by participating in other programs that help raise awareness for other local or international charities. For example, students have the opportunity to participate in Operation Christmas Child, a program to provide Christmas gifts to children around the world.