Affordable Residential Treatment Center and School for Teenage Boys With Life-Controlling Issues or Self-Destructive Behavior
Lakeside is a therapeutic boarding school dedicated to helping troubled boys gain a new start in life. Our rates are WELL BELOW THOSE OF OTHER SIMILAR PROGRAMS because we are a nonprofit ministry. But our staff and success rate are second to none.
Boys ages 14-18 come to our remote campus near Minneapolis from across America. We help at-risk teens who are struggling with behavior and troubling issues such as: falling grades, school suspension, anger, defiance, depression, attention deficit or attachment disorders. We also treat drug and alcohol abuse and addictions, which often coincide with behavioral issues. Our staff works with each boy in cooperation with and participation of their family, bringing to the table a vast amount of experience. The professional men and women on our therapeutic team help repair the significant catalysts in each boy’s life that are bringing on their poor choices and self-destructive attitudes and behaviors.
Lakeside is part of Teen Challenge, which has for over 50 years helped teens recover from life-controlling issues. Our Lakeside campus is situated on 47 acres bordering two pristine lakes, providing a unique environment for troubled teenage boys. We integrate outdoor and adventure activities into all aspects of the therapeutic program. Lakeside is built on a foundation of faith, fostering new behaviors, character development, and helping each boy to recognize who they were created to be. We do this by providing a place that they can truly belong; a place for new, positive relationships and daily opportunities to learn about God’s purpose in their life, and be challenged in their faith.
While boys are at Lakeside, it is a home away from home, where they receive plenty of exercise and athletic adventure, plus a quality education, including the opportunity to get caught up on academic credits, if they are behind. They can also retake courses to improve their grades. We feature a leading curriculum which can also be completed by the boy when he returns home, so he doesn’t have to re-enter the risky environment of the public school system when he returns.
Lakeside Offers Behavioral Change As Well As Substance Abuse Recovery
Today, behavioral issues in teenagers most often coincide with some level of substance abuse, which can be hidden from the parent. It can have a profound affect on your boy’s attitudes, and it may be the main reason he is acting up. Fact is, it can take months away from drugs (even alcohol or marijuana) for your boy to begin having better attitudes and making better judgments. With some substances, addictions can arise from even one use and they must be dealt with before they become a life-long problem. Lakeside offers the best opportunity for overall recovery, allowing boys to truly get their motivations and lives turned around and on the right track again.
Optional Licensed Chemical Dependency Counseling
We provide licensed treatment detox and addiction counseling services as an option for boys who are more deeply addicted to drugs or alcohol. Such services are provided at additional cost and presented by credentialed chemical health counselors. Beyond the standard services provided for all our boys, our optional chemical dependency counseling service is based on the assessed need of the resident.
About this Teen Challenge Residential Program for Boys
Lakeside’s mission is to provide an affordable means for helping boys gain freedom from life-controlling problems by addressing their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Lakeside is a therapeutic boarding school and a temporary home away from home for boys. Our program is founded on Christian faith, believing that faith is transformational, not just in the short-term, but for a lifetime; so all of our activities integrate opportunities for the troubled teens in our care to learn and grow in their faith. From our adventure activities to excellence in academics, we seek to foster the boy’s understanding of himself, God, and others, and to refocus his future on positive pursuits.
You can see the results on the faces and in the testimonies of the boys who complete the program. They learn to restore relationships, become truly content, and to find purpose in their lives. The transformation is truly profound.
Over 80 percent of our former residents rate the overall quality of the Teen Challenge residential program as “outstanding” or “very good.”
— Minnesota Teen Challenge Outcomes Studies Performed by Wilder Research (2007-2008 & 2009-2011)