Emotional Growth: A Three-Phase Approach
Abundant Life Academy is broken down into three separate phases, each taking approximately four months to complete.
Phase 1, “Know Yourself”
Each student’s primary focus is on coming to an appropriate understanding of the behaviors & choices that were the contributing factors to being enrolled at ALA. The emphasis here is on personal accountability, taking responsibility for their choices, and admitting that there were negative issues in their lives prior to enrollment that are a direct result of these choices. Students must work on defining what the core issues are that he or she struggles with. Spiritually, our desire is that each student during this phase begins to connect, or reconnect, with who they are in Christ. Near the completion of Phase I, the goal is for students to begin to identify the specific triggers to their core issues.
Phase 2, “Choose Yourself”
During this phase, the students focus on recognizing patterns, acknowledging the triggers to those patterns, and understanding the role that individual issues play in the construction of our character. Each student learns to distinguish issues that they experience prior to falling “into pattern,” and learn how to choose a different reaction than they would have in the past. The final emphasis of Phase II is to begin recognizing problems as opportunities rather than seeing problems as troubles. This is based on the Biblical principle that it is in our weakness that Christ can perfect His strength in us. Phase II students are taught that it is not important to learn how to “not fail” but to learn how to “fail well.”
Phase 3, “Give Yourself”
This phase is primarily focused on service to others. By the time a teen enters their last phase, they have completed the majority of their emotional growth work. This last phase centers around fine-tuning individual issues while placing a strong emphasis on giving back by serving those students who are coming up behind them. Each child in Third Phase is assigned two “raise ups” or, lower phase students in whom they can serve and help. Our Third Phase students are all on Leadership, and thus are responsible for the daily implementation of program elements. Every Phase III student is required to participate in Community Service, Mercy Missions Trips, as well as completing a Third Phase project with the intention of leaving behind a legacy to up and coming students. It is during Phase III that great importance is placed on developing an effective “re-entry” plan, created to ensure a smooth transition back into their home environment with emphasis placed on their long-term success.