Minnesota Girls Academy is a 915-acre working ranch in beautiful Northeastern Oklahoma. Our facility is a 12-15 month residential program accredited with Teen Challenge USA. The Cross Christian Academy is our private, accredited, year round school that the girls attend while at New Lifehouse. Our program offers a very structured environment to help foster growth in each of our resident’s lives. We use a level system to help teach the residents appreciation, gratitude, responsibility, submission to authority, self-control, leadership, time-management, and a strong work ethic. The first levels are very controlled but as the residents improve and progress, they are awarded higher levels. The higher levels allow for more privileges, freedom, and responsibilities.
During their stay at New Lifehouse, each girl will have the opportunity to learn various vocational skills. The residents are also involved with various community service projects. This aspect of the program is used to assist the residents in building a strong work ethic to enable them to be successful in their communities, families, and future careers.
The key to the success of Teen Challenge is the spiritual component. Minnesota Girls residents attend daily classes where they are taught Teen Challenge curriculum. Class topics include Anger & Personal Rights, Successful Christian Living, and Growing Through Failure as well as many other character-building subjects. The residents attend a local church on Sunday and Wednesday and also attend daily chapel on the ranch. Each resident is required to complete contracts that address specific issues the resident may be struggling with in his life.
Minnesota Girls Academy Staff and Administration are committed to ensuring that residents understand God’s love, forgiveness, and His ability to restore relationships. Our staff are deeply involved in the mentorship of residents on a daily basis. Each resident is assigned a staff advisor to meet with regularly to discuss needs, goals, and areas of personal growth. The relationships built through this process continue throughout their stay at the ranch and beyond. Staff advisors also stay in contact with parents on a weekly basis in order to keep them updated and involved with the process.
The goal of Minnesota Girls Academy is to help residents establish and grow in a relationship with God. residents are encouraged to learn how to make good boundaries and choices in life as well as learning self-discipline. We believe that through the commitment of staff, the structured and loving environment, and most of all Jesus Christ, that Minnesota Girls Academy is Where Change Happens!
Warning Signs To Look for in Your Teenager:
- Major changes in her mood, or he is easily angered when she wasn’t in the past.
- Negative changes in family relationships (everyone is walking around on pins and needles)
- Grades declining, skipping school (when she previously liked school)
- New friends that are not the best influence and abandoning the better influences
- Trouble with the law or expulsion from school
- Positive signs of drug or alcohol use
- Disrespectful to authority
- Loss of direction in life or extreme risk-taking
- No longer enjoys the wholesome things like sports, hobbies.
- Spends a great deal of time alone, and when home, isolates herself.
- Participation in theft or illegal activities
- No longer caring what her parents think or that she will be punished.
As a parent you should realize how important it is to identify these warning signs as soon as possible. The earlier problems are, seen the greater the chance to overcome them. The longer they go on (they won’t correct themselves) the harder it will be to turn it around.
As you begin to see these signs in your daughter a plan can be developed to intervene. Sometimes this begins with counseling, but it may lead to placement at a center like Minnesota Girls for a time. Without identifying the warning signs early, the later choice is usually what becomes necessary. For several reasons you might be at that point now and we are here to help identify what direction you might have to take to get your daughter the help she needs to overcome her life controlling issues.
What We Consider Success Here at New Lifehouse
Success of a resident can be defined in many ways. In fact each parent or family might have a different goal for their daughter because each resident is unique in personality and each family has different dynamics and goals. Success here comes in many ways but we have goals for each resident and things that we like each resident to achieve while they are here.
We strive to instill character into each resident. Personal responsibility is the character quality that we work to be a foundational quality in the residents life change. Integrity, honesty and trustworthiness are also expected.
As girls are here at Minnesota Girls we will see positive change in personal relationships because of the character changes taking place in her life. Servant leadership is the key to this. Relationships with peers become non competitive and an attitude of serving takes over. Families become more appreciated by the resident and the importance of having a quality relationship with parents is realized.
Through teaching leadership from the perspective of servanthood, authority is seen in a different perspective by the resident. When she discovers Godly leadership she no longer has to fear those in charge. She has experienced being in a leaders role and comes to understand the importance of respecting those in authority and the difficult position they hold.
Setting goals for the future is a dream of every parent. Goals help to give fuel to the fire of achievement. Every young person is unique.
Minnesota Girls does everything possible to prepare our residents to both set and to achieve their life goals. Discussing life after Teen Challenge begins on day one of being here. Some residents know what they want when they get here and some of course do not. Graduates of Minnesota Girls go on to be successful in many areas.