LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
This 10 week program is divided into two phases that target all 3 components of a person: mind, body, and spirit. It provides essential skills for boys (ages 14-17) to become positive role models to their peers and within the community. This program provides the teens with ample opportunities to experience hands-on leadership skills. Throughout each day of the program, participants will share in the responsibility of team projects. Projects are given to teach them how to lead others, take direction from their peers, communicate the task at-hand, and learn how to receive constructive criticism. They also teach life skills like working with their hands and using creativity to achieve desired goal. Fun activities are incorporated to assist in team-bonding and communication skills. As each participant enhances in his ability to lead and serve others, he is encouraged to accept greater responsibility within the group in hopes of preparing him for a junior mentor role.
I learned the difference between hearing and listening and why it’s important to listen to others before I speak. I learned new ways to deal with my anger.
-Teen in Residential Program 2017
I was a part of the Leadership Program at PLS and it taught me how to be a leader and how it feels when people look up to you. It teaches you how to take on the responsibility of being a young adult and helping each other. It taught me how to be more mature.
-Teen in Leadership Development Program 2016
Ryan and Sheri are very involved in your life and they just want to see you do well, which is a really big thing to me. Usually when you get involved with things like this you don’t see the founders caring about you like this.
-Teen in Leadership Development Program 2016
One teen at a time
Residential Program for At-Risk or Troubled Teens
“At-risk“ or “troubled” is a term many people associate with teens in and out of juvenile detention or in trouble with the law, but that is not always the case. At-risk or troubled can also define teens whose actions could be leading them down the wrong path. It's our hope at PLS, by providing a safe and loving Christian environment, that we are giving teens an outlet to discover who they are and in what direction they want their lives to go. We want them to learn through hard work and dedication on the farm that each one of them is a valuable member of society and that God has a plan for their lives too. “I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. “ Jeremiah 29:11
Through our residential program, we offer a stable and loving family atmosphere for teen boys between the ages of 14 and 17. This program is designed for 1 to 2 boys at a time, which will allow for the attention that each one needs for personal and spiritual growth. Our “family” atmosphere approach provides each boy with his own bedroom, meals and snacks throughout the day and daily household and farm chores, and well as family time in the evenings.
We believe that boys who enter the residential program are unique individuals and therefore should not be placed into a rigid and structured plan that will limit their growth. We meet each program participant where they are in life, emotionally, physically, and spiritually, and then use that information to build specific programs based on each individual’s strengths and weaknesses. We designed the program to remove individuals from their comfort zones and intentionally challenge them so that they can realize their full potential.
This program consists of 5 phases in which the order of is subject to change. However, each phase will be experienced upon the completion of the program.
The grading system will be used as a progress-monitoring tool to show how much each individual has grown.
Phases of Our Program:
Phase 1: Surrender - Giving up Bad Habits, Embracing Good Habits
Phase 2: Take Up Your Cross - Learning to Live a Life of Forgiveness
Phase 3: The Rock - Building a Strong Moral Foundation
Phase 4: Follow Me - Teamwork and Leadership Skills
Phase 5: Go Make Disciples - Transition into a Life of Hope, Integrity and Godly Character
They will be graded on the following behaviors:
Time management / Preparedness
Work Ethic / Determination
Attitude / Respect / Obedience
Ability to adapt and overcome change
All interested applicants will be contacted by Sheri Young to discuss program eligibility and cost. Once eligibility is determined, an interview will be scheduled at the child's home to discuss child's needs and opportunities at PLS. The length of the program will vary for each individual and will depend on specific goals and desired outcomes.