Our Mission: To Transform and Restore Struggling Teens
The mission of New Lifehouse Academy is to see the lives of teenagers transformed and families restored. NLA is “Where Change Happens.”
Hello and welcome to New Lifehouse Academy, the adolescent girls program of Teen Challenge of Oklahoma. If you are reading this then chances are you are like so many other parents that have allowed us to care for and mentor their girl. You might have feelings of inadequacy and hopelessness. We here at New Lifehouse want you to know that hope abounds and we desire to help you and your girl find what you need.
So many times we talk to parents that tell us how they feel their daughter is going down the wrong path and making such poor choices. We can affirm to you that you are not alone and that hope for success does exist. Here at New Lifehouse we have seen what the power of God can do in even the most desperate of situations.
Young girls today have so many distractions that draw them away from God’s plan for their life. Whether your daughter is going to be a construction worker, a doctor or maybe even a minister God has a plan for her to be the best woman possible. We want to be a part of helping her get there.
The staff of New Lifehouse are dedicated to pouring themselves into your girl’s life. Mentoring and a faith based approach are key ingredients to reaching young women and helping them change their path. Our staff come from across the country to work here because each and everyone of them have a desire to help your girl. I encourage you to meet them as you look at the staff section of this website.
New Lifehouse Academy is a 12-15 month residential program where first and foremost we will strive to help your daughter become all that God desires. This process includes mentoring and biblical counseling, group studies and personal studies, vocational learning and an education in a fully accredited and state board of education recognized school.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
The spiritual component forms the foundation of the therapeutic program at New Lifehouse Academy. Everything we do, and who we are as individuals, is wrapped up in the spiritual component. We realize that most students come to us in rebellion against their parents’ faith and their spiritual upbringing.
We present our faith and Christian love without compromise, making no apology for the Christian principles we teach. Even so, we never push or force any student to accept what we present, nor shun or punish those who do not. Our desire is to see a a solid faith in Jesus Christ that is “owned” by the student, not one that is forced, faked or contrived. A relationship with Christ formed in this way will last forever, not just until they leave our campus.
Jesus Christ taught us much about service. In following His message, we also desire to see students change their focus from self-centered thinking to an “others-centered” mentality.
Academic Achievement and Repair of Past Academic Failure
While some therapeutic schools say they cannot mix strong education with therapy, our academic program receives high priority at New Lifehouse Academy from day one on. We operate our fully accredited educational program on a year-round schedule. A personalized educational plan is developed for each student, upon which we evaluate and report individual progress on a regular basis.
We require our students to demonstrate mastery, not just a passing grade, before they advance in any subject, so our tutors are often involved to help strengthen knowledge when testing shows a deficit in understanding. In addition to core subjects, students may also work toward repairing past grades (improving their past grade point average) and recovering lost credits, as a second chance to put their educational goals in order.
Another major thrust of our program is that we work to bring hope and healing to the entire family.
While a student is enrolled at New Lifehouse Academy, we also spend time working to restore the environment in the home. At the same time that we teach personal responsibility to teens for their own past choices, we are also fully aware that the family environment has a significant impact on teens. New Lifehouse Academy strives to give hope and bring restoration to the entire family, not just the student enrolled with us.
Many parents of our teens have tried every possible method to help their teen, without success. Our family program includes elements such as parent coaching, study of the same materials the student is learning, conferences with parents, time with a parent advocate, and phone calls aimed at restoration.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10
We want each teen to discover the purpose for which God has uniquely designed him or her. To help students find and develop their strengths, for senior students we offer advanced leadership training.
To find out more about New Lifehouse Academy or to begin enrollment, please complete our Inquiry Form.
We look forward to talking to you about how we can help you, your girl and your whole family. Our hearts desire goes beyond just impacting your daughter but restoration of the entire family. May God richly bless you and guide you in your journey to finding hope.
About Our Directors
Shawn and Shanon Blankenship are the Directors of New Lifehouse Academy. Having experienced so much as a family, the Blankenship’s have a passion for young people and know the importance of family restoration. They have been with Teen Challenge of Oklahoma for more than 10 years and are the founding directors of the girls program.
Shawn is a veteran of the United States Air Force and holds masters degrees in counseling, psychology and business administration. Previous to coming to Teen Challenge, Shawn worked in the psychiatric field as a Licensed Therapist and has vast experience in the field of mental health and counseling. His experience includes running inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and alcohol and drug programs, training nurses, medical students and psychiatric resident doctors, training of law enforcement on handling mental health issues, as well as program development. Finally, Shawn is a credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God.
Shanon has been married to Shawn for more the 28 years. She raised her six children while pursuing her education in family services and has more than a decade of experience in helping individuals and families heal. Shanon has been involved with helping young people for more than 25 years. Her passion for pouring into their lives is what drives her daily. Shanon is the program manager for the girls home and has developed the program over the last 10 years seeing so many young women change their lives and families being restored.
The Blankenships are committed to the mission of Teen Challenge: Bringing hope to youth, adults and families by providing Christ centered programs!
“Bringing Hope to youth, adults, and families by providing Christ-centered programs.”
Here at New Lifehouse we strive to individuals and families restored. We firmly believe that the foundational relationship for everyone is that of the child to the parent. We want everything that we do to help make this happen.
Our Core Values
Loyalty: “Loyal to God, mission, one another”
Integrity: “Right choices before God and man.”
Vision: “Inspired direction.”
Effective: “Producing measurable results.”
FAITH: “Believing God for the impossible.”