Jubilee Leadership Academy is a highly structured, Christian residential program for teenage boys age 13-18, located on the Snake River in Eastern Washington. Our relationally oriented program is specifically designed to meet the needs of our students and their families struggling with difficult challenges and life circumstances.
Since 1995, Jubilee Leadership Academy has been helping troubled teens to overcome their struggles and become healthy and happy young adults. The services offered at Jubilee focus on the development and support of education, vocational and spiritual growth. The doors opened up with just 6 program participants and began to slowly grow in participants. After the first year of operation, there were 8 program graduates, half of which went onto college.
The campus is on 400 acres surrounded by Broetje Orchards. Jubilee Leadership Academy is a structured, positive learning environment that offers the benefits of more than thirty talented staff dedicated to helping young men gain the tools needed for success. The residential program integrates educational, spiritual, and personal growth curricula with vocational skill building activities, athletics, and community service learning projects. This integration, combined with a relationship-focused approach, provides full student engagement and results in demonstrated success. A team of counselors and other professional staff works with each student, creating an individualized development plan that outlines objectives and goals for the student’s success.
We offer a fully accredited academic program complete with advanced and college prep coursework. Our vocational program includes: woodworking, horsemanship, culinary arts, and facilities management. This comprehensive programming with vocational training provides a life-changing opportunity to discover and create a more fulfilling lifestyle for our students.
Jubilee Leadership Academy provides a regularly scheduled formalized counseling session with each student. Regardless if the student’s struggles are major or minor, they each benefit from the individual mental health counseling as well as addiction counseling. Individual counseling focuses on improving the overall level of adaptive functioning in the areas of behavior, emotional expression, and interpersonal relationships. In addition, individual counseling takes on significant value in the resolution of issues and concerns that the student feels ill-prepared to address in the group sessions.
A certified Jubilee counselor facilitates group counseling is facilitated by a Jubilee counselor several times a week. These intensive groups cover subjects including past trauma (PTSD), grief due to a lost loved one or abandonment, substance abuse addictions, electronic use, mental illness, leadership, spiritual development and emotional regulation. Additionally, each student is assigned to two other counseling skill-building groups that specifically address relevant issues.
Certified ropes course facilitators and recreational professionals operate Jubilee’s experiential based counseling sessions. Experiential based counseling uses activity-based experiences to teach life skills in areas such as relationships, communication, teamwork, self-esteem, self-awareness, accountability, and responsibility. Involving students in challenging and unpredictable tasks helps them think in new and creative ways about old problems. These activities are designed to identify what needs to be changed in a student’s life and relationships, and helps students to take the steps necessary to achieve success.
Family counseling occur often, based on the needs of the family and the stage of the student;s course of treatment. but parents are welcome to attend in person. Family counseling sessions usually occur over the phone, but parents are welcome to attend in person or via video conferencing (SKYPE). A Jubilee counselor schedules family counseling sessions for each student. The family is also welcome to request family sessions s needed. These sessions provide the opportunity for families to work through sensitive issues together and to support each other, prevent relapse, and plan for returning home.