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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.


Students also build character and leadership skills while serving others in various ways throughout their program.

For example, students volunteer to help open the Town of Allan pool by painting the pool and drywalling the building. In exchange, students are able to access this pool 3-4 times in summer. Also, when the town discovered that its water source had been contaminated, Teen Challenge students distributed information pamphlets door to door.

Some students are also able to do community service projects such as yard work on civic property for the Town of Allan Office to pay off their fines or convictions.

Churches sometimes call on Teen Challenge to serve by directing traffic or managing crowd control at a concert, or unloading supplies for a church event, or providing kitchen help, clean up, and ushering during a conference. Students also serve soup at the Salvation Army twice a month.