Teen Challenge started in Brooklyn, New York in 1958 by Rev. David Wilkerson.
Wilkerson was a young country preacher pastoring a church in eastern Pennsylvania. One February afternoon, Wilkerson read an article in LIFE magazine about seven teenagers who were on trial for murder. During a gang fight in Manhattan, these teens beat a young man to death. Troubled by what he read in the article, and sensing God wanted him to do something for the teens, Wilkerson made a trip from his hometown in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania to the urban area of New York City.
Some time after this, Rev. Wilkerson resigned his church in Pennsylvania and moved to the New York City area to work full time with teenage gang members. This new work was eventually called “Teen Challenge.” Soon, Teen Challenge began to also offer help to those addicted to drugs and alcohol, no matter their ages.
During these early years, a large home was obtained on Clinton Avenue in Brooklyn. A year-long residential discipleship program was started in this facility. This Teen Challenge program is still helping people change their lives in today! Due to its success, residential Teen Challenge centers began cropping up in cities all across America.
Teen Challenge has grown into one of the largest and most successful programs of its kind in the world.
The Teen Challenge (TC) discipleship model is an effective, proven, faith-based solution for the drug epidemic. In 1958, the first Teen Challenge center was established in New York City to work with inner-city youth wanting a life that did not involve gangs and drugs. Evangelism and discipleship have always been the core of the Teen Challenge program.
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Teen Challenge of El Paso
P.O. Box 640008
El Paso, TX 79904
Phone: (915) 566-1197
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We are excited to bring you this great event that will bring "Change for Change. We have set aside Tuesday June 6th as #GivingTuesday. We are asking you to prayerfully consider how you can be a blessing to Teen Challenge that given on this day. Teen Challenge has continued to keep its doors open due to our many sponsors and donors, whether your contribution is through monthly giving, one time giving or giving up your precious time as a volunteer. Thank you we could not have done this without you. We as a staff will also be participating in "Change for Change". A suggestion to staff is: label a jar "Change for Change" and start putting in your spare change at the end of the day or skip that stop at Starbucks and put that couple bucks in the "Change for Change" jar. Bring in your contributions on June 6th. God bless you.
What Keeps Us Going
The students that are in our program come from many different types of backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common- a life controlling problem. A life controlling problem is any habit or problem, which has control of a person to the point that she cannot function properly. The three most common life controlling problems are street drugs, alcohol, and prescription drug abuse; however other issues may also be termed life-controlling if it affects a person's ability to function freely in life.