Teen Challenge was established in 1958 by David Wilkerson on the streets of the New York City. David, a small town Midwest pastor, had a heart for the troubled teens dealing with drugs, violence and gangs. Teen Challenge has grown to more than 1,200 centers in over 100 countries around the world. Over the course of 53 years the organization has transformed the lives of thousands of men and women, breaking the cycles of drug addiction, alcoholism, gang life, and other life-controlling problems.
Teen Challenge has become known worldwide as “The Faith Based Solution to the Drug Epidemic.” Past government and university studies have shown a documented success rate of 86% for those who have graduated from the Teen Challenge program. The success rate is based on graduates many years after they leave Teen Challenge.
Several years ago, research conducted by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in the US validated 86 % of Teen Challenge graduates remained drug free 5 years after graduation. Another study conduced at Northwest University in Illinois revealed that a phenomenal 86 % of Teen Challenge graduates remained drug free. What’s more incredible is 90 % of Teen Challenge graduates were found to be gainfully employed two years later as compared to 41 % from other programs studied.
Teen Challenge Kenya (TCK) was founded in February, 2008 under the able leadership of John and Anne Martin, the then executive directors. Having worked with street children and the less privileged before, these couple had a clear desire to see true transformation and restoration. The center opened its doors in 2008 and had its first success story in 2009. From there, the center boasts nearly 200 graduates commissioned over nine (8) graduations with a success rate of over 80% of the students who successfully finish the 12-months program. Teen Challenge has further grown from one men’s center in Nairobi to the three (3) current centers with an aggregate capacity of 85 beds, a great feat indeed.