-I also went to Teen Challenge of New Mexico. I completely agree with Kleyva. I not only attended the school but I was brain washed into working as a staff member for over 2 years after I graduated. I learned how to clean out freezers and dumpsters, but I didn't learn a thing about the real world. The overall character of the staff is totally based on money. The directors live in a beautiful 2 story house while the girls live in an old house with run down cars and have to take 3 minute showers even after cleaning out a mouse infested dumpster. They don't even allow you to look out of the windows or watch anything other than FOX News. They also influence you to ONLY vote republican.
After spending almost 5 years of my life there I later found out that my "High School Diploma" is not a real diploma. Teen Challenge is not a credited school. Of the 5 years I was there, only 3 girls were tested at a high school level for A.C.E. The rest of the girls (over 200) were tested at a 2nd grade level and made to "graduate" with a FAKE vocational diploma. Teen Challenge of New Mexico is the biggest manipulating and brain washing cult I have ever known.
When did you attend? I went to Teen Challenge of NM 13 years ago, I still have nightmares of returned, forced to clean dumpsters with toothbrushes, clean bull and horse crap with my bare hands, forbidden to talk to anyone for weeks when I disobeyed, and forced to eat beans and nothing else for a week is not loving discipline they advertise. They shove religion down your throat. I was told I was not wanted by my family when I wanted to go home, told that my asthma was not real, depression was not real, anxiety, not real and allowed not even an inhaler to treat it. God heals all they said. At 13 years old they made me watch an abortion to scare me into being pro life. The staff members (not even graduates of the program themselves, but students!) would make up lies about me to get me into trouble, and again was sentenced to silence for weeks. I was so severely depressed while there. We were not allowed to look out the windows, speak to anyone outside the program, including family members except for monitored calls. Once on a monitored call the staff member disconnected the call in mid sentence because I 'did not say yes sir and no sir' to my father enough. They may have the right idea to help people, but for young adolescence it is wrong, there is no love in the program, except from 'God' which is not enough for a 13 year old girl. Most girls got along long enough just to get out, and I know for a fact some are worse off than they were.