We know how hard it is to find the Help for Troubled Teens

Our residential programs are moving youth forward. In 2019, 86% of PWA students made good academic progress and 92% were employed by the time they completed our program. 

Eligibility

  • Boys ages 10 to 21
  • In the Court System
  • Needing to complete the Sexual Health & Relapse Prevention (SHARP) program

          AND/OR

  • Needs to learn independent living skills

Experience

  • On-site facilities include an alternative school, counseling center, dorms, cafeteria, indoor and outdoor ropes courses, gymnasium, athletic fields, a chapel, and a greenhouse.
  • The campus also provides a vocational program that includes wood working, small engine shop, horticulture, and beekeeping to teach work ethic, confidence, and leadership.

Setting

  • Nestled between South Bend and Fort Wayne in Pierceton, Indiana, the 94-acre PWA campus rests in a peaceful, wooded setting.

PWA Programs

Sexual Health and Relapse Prevention (SHARP)

  • This Sexual Health and Relapse Prevention Program (SHARP) works with young men with sexually harmful behaviors.

  • This 5-stage program is designed to provide treatment for young men ages 10 – 21 and relapse prevention treatment for youth who have completed initial offender treatment and are ready to prepare for the next step of their life.

  • Available for Endeavor, Endurance, and Challenger programs.

The Endeavor Program is for young men ages 10 – 12* (SHARP).

The Endurance Program is for young men ages 13 – 15* (SHARP).

The Challenger Program is for young ages 16 – 21* (SHARP).

*Ages are approximate. Each student at PWA is reviewed and then placed into the most appropriate program that fits their age and mental/emotional maturity level. 

Independent Living | Phase I

  • This Boys’ Independent Living program is available for young men ages 15 to 21 who are in need of a structured environment to help them move quickly toward independence.

  • Residents work intensely on building a foundation of independence by learning and practicing independent living skills, social skills, and employment skills.

  • Each living program has its own therapeutic treatment for residents and is also separated by age.

The Voyager Program is for young men ages 15 – 21* (non-SHARP).

Spencer Home is Phase II of Independent Living located in Fort Wayne, IN. It is a program for young men ages 17 – 21.

*Ages are approximate. Each student at PWA is reviewed and then placed into the most appropriate program that fits their age and mental/emotional maturity level. 

Alternative School

  • Pierceton Woods Academy operates an on-campus, year-round school that provides a complete academic program.

  • Students receive a combination of self-paced online curriculum and electives (such as art class, small-engine, and woodworking shop) taught by licensed teachers and specialized instructors.

  • Self-paced, private online coursework gives students the freedom to work at their own pace without judgement.

  • This structure gives students an opportunity to recover lost credits and earn a Core 40 diploma or GED.

  • We are a Freeway Accredited School through the Indiana Department of Education.

Vocational Program

The Vocational Program equips youth with tangible skills and work experience to provide a greater opportunity to find employment after leaving our campus.

  • Real, on-campus employment opportunities
  • Develop a healthy work ethic
  • Learn teamwork and coordination in group projects
  • Gain experience in the workforce and understand employer expectations
  • Create a resume, apply for jobs, and interview
  • Learn how to manage money, and pay bills that mimic real expenses, such as housing, food, utilities, etc
  • Improve communication skills
  • Learn the values of conflict resolution as students work with their peers
  • Learn valuable, in-demand skills from food service to farming and woodworking
  • Woodworking & Furniture Building/Retail
  • Gardening & Horticulture
  • Greenhouse Management
  • Small-engine
  • Kitchen Duties & Shifts & Meal Preparation
  • High Ropes and Low Ropes courses
  • Mock Interviews & Money Management

Spencer Home

Independent Living | Phase 2

How to Enroll Your Student

1.

Identify Your Student's Needs

or contact us if you need help

2.

Contact Us

We'll let you know what information we need.

3.

We Evaluate the Referral

We'll get back with you in 1-3 business days with an acceptance if we are a match.

Or, if you have further questions, contact Deb Johnson directly at djohnson@lifelineyouth.org

Celebrating our Students' Hard Work

Through our Vocational Program, the students at Pierceton Woods Academy are learning about and seeing the process of farm-to-table cooking and eating unfold.
Our Vocational Program helps equip our students with tangible skills and work experience to provide a greater opportunity to find employment after leaving our campus.
Good work, PWA students!

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