Treasure Coast Boys Academy is a boarding school just for boys who are struggling. It is a safe haven for boys ages 12-17 years of age with out-of-control behaviors. It has an on-campus accredited, private school registered with the State of Florida.
The non-profit program is designed to bring about a change in 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.
The ranch property 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 equine therapy and horses on the property that are often ridden, and at times taken on camping trips. They form strong relationships with each boy and much of the life changing experiences take place while involved in these outdoor activities.
The staff works with each boy in cooperation with and participation of their family, bringing to the table a vast amount of experience. The therapeutic team helps repair the significant catalysts in each boy’s life that are 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.
Treasure Coast Boys Academy provides focused and individualized academic attention for the students in its care. 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 that takes place during school, work, or a sporting event. As was once said, the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man. 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.
Through the relationships and bonds the young men build with the horses, we believe they will experience personal empowerment, therapeutic activities, riding, spiritual growth, and life changing insights as well as a good work ethic, while learning how to care for an animal.
Horses are large and somewhat intimidating to many people. This creates a natural opportunity for some to overcome fear and develop confidence. Working alongside a horse, in spite of those fears, creates confidence and provides wonderful insight when dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations in life. Often during a session, the horse or experience can initiate an enlightened moment that impacts the teen and their family’s way of thinking or behaving. At the end, they will take away key experiences and learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns. Our program is not about teaching people to ride horses, nor is it about horsemanship. It is not required nor necessary for those who come to us for help to have any experience with horses.
Each student at Treasure Coast has an exciting opportunity to regularly spend time in the wilderness and on the many local waterways and the nearby Atlantic ocean. Boys enjoy horseback riding, hiking, fishing, exploring, and many other wilderness adventures. While they experience fun in the wilderness, our team of counselors and mentors work on their thinking and behaviors. For boys who once had no hope for their own future, this experience is to show them that life can be exciting and adventurous without drugs, alcohol, electronic war games and the other negative influences that were part of their lives in the past.
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 are 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
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 are indicative of 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.
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.