- Treasure Coast Boys Academy
- Location: East Coast Florida
- Students: 50 (Ages: 14-17)
- Gender: all male
Treasure Coast Boys Academy is a residential boarding school and counseling program for difficult or at-risk boys. It features plenty of activity and adventure and an on-campus accredited private school. It is a haven for boys ages 14-17 years of age with out-of-control behaviors.
The non-profit program is designed to change behavior and attitude for boys who are struggling with behavioral and motivational issues such as falling grades, school suspension, anger, defiance, depression, attention deficit, or attachment disorders. They are also successful in resolving drug and alcohol abuse and addictions, which often coincide with behavioral issues.
Treasure Coast Boys Academy is located on a 30-acre parcel, 10 miles west of Vero Beach, Florida, in cattle and orchard country. The boys begin in a dorm setting and finish in a large home with house parents. The property features a well-equipped gym and weight machines, soccer field, baseball diamond, basketball court, pool, game room, fishing ponds, and professional sport fishing boats to take frequent fishing trips. They have horses on the property that are often ridden and taken on camping trips. They form strong relationships with each boy, and many of the life-changing experiences occur while involved in these outdoor activities.
The Treasure Coast Boys Academy staff works with each boy in cooperation with and participation of their family, bringing a vast amount of experience to the table. The therapeutic team helps repair the significant catalysts in each boy’s life, bringing on their poor choices and self-destructive attitudes and behaviors.
Education is a priority at Treasure Coast Boys Academy. Leadership skills, developing integrity, and the importance of work are also learned through indoor and outdoor responsibilities.
Residents are encouraged to challenge and encourage each other to live out their faith in everything they do and say. Residents pray for one another and challenge each other through positive peer pressure to walk in the righteousness of God, which is demonstrated through the Godly character traits such as purity, honesty, and generosity.
The program believes that the first change must be a heart change… leading an out-of-control teenager to a second chance at attaining a bright future of successful living.
Each student at Treasure Coast Boys Academy has an opportunity to spend time in the mountain wilderness. Each boy will experience camping, whitewater rafting, hiking, and other wilderness adventures in the mountains. This experience shows students that life can be exciting and adventurous without the negative influence that was a part of their life in the past. Hiking, canoeing, camping, and outdoor activities are usually not a part of most young people’s lives today, but they are with the boys here. Through these fun outings, we can get to the root of the issues in a boy’s life. It’s an easy place to talk and share hurts and pains; then, the campfire that evening allows talking further and praying for one another. These trips are memory makers that last a lifetime!
Treasure Coast Boys Academy provides focused and individualized academic attention for its care students. Education goes on, and credits are earned, but education is not the program’s primary focus. Character, integrity, hard work, and respect for others are what we concern ourselves most with. If those attributes are in place, education is more easily accomplished on campus and when the boy returns home.
INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP THERAPY
Therapy is ongoing – all day, every day. Individual counseling sessions are not as frequent as the many 10-15 minute life coaching during school, work, or a sporting event. As was once said, the outside of a horse is good for a man’s inside. A simple horse ride can provide a life-changing conversation in a young man’s life. The same can be said for a day on the lake fishing with a good mentor.
Treasure Coast Boys Academy understands that success in life transformation depends on a strong, loving family atmosphere when going home. Unconditional love with clear, well-defined boundaries is just a few of the family dynamics we focus on teaching the family while the student is here.
Treasure Coast Boys Academy specializes in helping boys who are exhibiting the following:
- skipping school, resulting in failing grades
- abnormal lack of ambition and depression
- outbursts of anger and destruction of home property
- absence from the home for extended periods of time
- stealing from family members
- poor choice of friends and suspected drug use
At Treasure Coast Boys Academy, lives are transformed by the power of God that is stronger than the bonds of rebellion or addiction. They help the total person with spiritual, emotional, physical, social, and educational challenges to prepare them for their new life.
Spiritually: The student’s symptoms indicate deeper problems and conflicts; we understand that a new life in Christ will give them the power and ability to overcome these problems and live a more productive life.
Emotionally: The healing of the past is necessary. Bible studies enhance mental growth and serve as a foundation for creating new lives.
Physically: They care for the physical needs of the students.
Socially: Students learn to work through relationship problems with their peers and with their families at home. They will learn to apply the character qualities they learn in the classroom to their everyday lives.
Educationally: Treasure Coast Boys Academy has developed a curriculum specifically designed to teach students about God and help them develop the skills required to become successful Christians.