We believe that the discipline of physical exercise is an important part of spiritual development. Through self-disciplining of the addicted teens’ physical bodies and fighting feelings of lethargy, the troubled young man is learning to train his spiritual person. Therefore, at-risk youth will be required to work out several times a week which includes the studying the art of Tae-Kwon-Do under a Christian youth program that teaches life skills and self-defense. The program teaches courtesy, self-control, integrity and perseverance so the troubled young man learns to honor what he is taught; we have never had a problem with a student using what they have learned in an inappropriate manner. The students also work out weekly at a local gym, where they are taught proper weight training and nutrition. Heb 12:11 “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
We believe in surrounding the addicted young men with other great men of God that are leaders in their fields. We do this by having weekly guest speakers who come and share the word of God and how to apply it to real-life situations. The students will spend evenings at local youth groups, Sunday mornings at church service, and week days working on our Spiritual Curriculum.
In our Christian youth recovery program, at risk youth are required to memorize Scriptures and go through character quality training. They also have several books to read and movies to watch, thus beginning the process of transforming the addicted teen’s mind into a healthier way of thinking. True transformation happens in the surrender of old attitudes and beliefs. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what Gods will is — His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Please note that students need to finish all spiritual curriculum before they graduate our program, which may take longer than 10 months depending on their ability to comprehend and practice the things being learned. It is very important he finishes what he has started. So parents, please partner with us in making sure your son finishes strong so he may enter his next season (home) with the same motivation.
We believe that our current Four Level Spiritual Curriculum (and the appropriated time periods for each level) have been most effective in meeting each students needs.
This time period begins upon intake and lasts two weeks, allowing the student to adjust to the new schedule without putting too many demands on him.
Level 1 begins at the end of Induction and is a thirty day period. This is when the student really begins to work at scripture memory, book reading and character qualities.
Level 2 increases the work load with an additional increase in character qualities including verses to memorize and books to read. This is a 4-7 month period.
Level 3 is three months in length. At this phase we will give the student additional responsibility again including more Bible memory verses, increasing character qualities and specialized reading material.
This level is one month long. The student will be leading Bible studies, involved in youth groups and be a mentor to other students.
All through the Level System parents and students will be evaluated and marked on their required accomplishments for the discipleship sessions so that the son can graduate. If the parent is not involved or misses their discipleship meetings your son may be delayed in completing his level. A major part of your son’s completion rests on your willingness to meet weekly by phone or in person and your commitment to change so that when your son graduates and returns home things are different.
About half of the young men who come into the program are not actively involved in school. We believe that providing the student a quiet working environment free of distractions will allow them to be successful. This atmosphere offers the student the opportunity to work on character issues and helps train them to be motivated and successful. We know that behavior issues will surface in this environment which will give the staff an opportunity to teach the student new ways to tackle academics through the student’s understanding of their identity as the Word of God teaches. Once they begin to change their behavior, they will be ready for school. Our academic program is an accelerated online schooling source through Blue Print Education/Hope High School which is approved and accredited offering a high school diploma. We also have an Education Supervisor that will oversee all the work in the classroom.
Please keep in mind the spiritual curriculum is very important because it will challenge the student’s character to do the right thing in stressful situations. When first coming into the program, most boys aren’t at the point where academics are important to them. Our induction phase is an adjustment period that allows establishment of solid character necessary for academic work. Only if the student allows his character to be formed will he be able to motivate himself to consistently work hard on his academics. His character must come first, which is why DMI stresses discipleship. However, since many of the boys are not in school when they come to us, our goal is to get the student back into the flow of completing all of his academics so that he can graduate on time. So please be patient, we believe his academics are very important. But his character is more important during this time. It is the student’s choice whether or not he will apply himself to this learning process.