About Us


The Teen Challenge program aims to prepare Grace Academy students to take an active role in shaping their lives and futures, to remain free from drug, alcohol and other addictions and to prepare them for the challenges and complexities of this day and age.


We endeavour to meet the needs of the whole person to help them to be Physically well, Socially adjusted, Mentally sound, Emotionally balanced and Spiritually alive.

Brief History


Teen Challenge was established by David Wilkerson in 1958 and has grown to over 1400 centres in over 122 countries worldwide.


Teen Challenge Western Australia is a Residential Rehabilitation Training Centre located in Esperance. Over time, a range of other programs has been developed in order to meet the needs of young people and families experiencing drug and alcohol related problems. Established in 1985 it is a not for profit organisation. 


As well as drug treatment services for individuals and families, Teen Challenge WA delivers school-based and community-based education and prevention programs to meet the growing demand for practical information and good advice on responding to drug and alcohol abuse.

Program Overview


Located near Esperance, Teen Challenge Grace Academy is a 40 bed facility on 250 acres of land and is a residential rehabilitation and detox program that offers men and women aged 16 and over freedom from drug and alcohol dependence and other life control problems.  Based on Christian principles, the program offers academic and vocational training and focuses on developing Christian character, equipping the individual to return to family and society as a responsible citizen.


A typical week includes

  • Individual and group studies
  • Work duties
  • Character development
  • Recreation and social activities


Program Structure


The program is broken in to 3 phases

  • Recovery
  • Personal Leadership Development
  • Transition and Work Skills Development


Post Teen Challenge

  • Bendat Family Foundation Scholarship Funding
  • Transitional Support
  • Alumni



To book an assessment for entry to Teen Challenge Grace Academy or for more information, please contact us.

Grace Fellowship




Once students leave Grace Academy, they become part of the Alumni – a member of a Strong Body of Christian Friends Growing and Giving Together, former students supporting present students and so help change someone’s destiny from no hope or future to FREEDOM, SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE!



Transition Support Program


The Transition Support Program helps former Grace Academy students (Alumni) to make a successful transition back to family, employment and further education.


During this time of transition Teen Challenge can offer an Alumni:


  • A Personal Transition Mentor who has successfully connected with family, employment, church society and further education after Grace Academy. 


BENDAT family foundation sCHOLARSHIP


  • Further education funding opportunities via the Bendat Family Foundation Scholarship

Established in 1985, Teen Challenge Western Australia is a not for profit organisation providing rehabilitation services, support and education to meet the needs of young people and families experiencing drug and alcohol related problems.

Teen Challenge

Western Australia


P (08) 9246 5777

(08) 9246 5377

81 Ellersdale Avenue

Warwick WA 6024


Postal PO Box 277

Greenwood WA 6924