Dramatic Beginnings


Teen Challenge was founded by Rev. David


Wilkerson in New York City in 1958. Out of his


vision to help street gangs and drug addicts of New


York City, he founded a ministry to provide


residential Christian discipleship. His book "The Cross


and the Switchblade" tells the story of the very first


student, Nicky Cruz, whose dramatic conversion


inspired a 1970's movie by the same title. The Teen


Challenge approach provides drug and addiction


rehabilitation that considers the whole man:


physical, psychological and spiritual.

Our Mission

Teen Challenge of Mississippi 


​help for life-controlling problems



5 Buford Lane Poplarville, MS 39470   601.795.8063

Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm​​

Primary Focus


There are over 300 Teen Challenge centers worldwide. Each center is autonomous and


receives no State or Federal funding for support. Teen Challenge of Mississippi, Inc. has


operated a Training Center in Mississippi for over 30 years. Though Teen Challenge


provides residential services to men, adolescents and families, the Poplarville Center is for


adult females 18 years and older.

Mission Statement


Teen Challenge of Mississippi, Inc. is a non-profit


Christian organization whose mission is to help


women with life-controlling problems become


mentally sound, socially adjusted, physically


well, and spiritually alive through the power


of Jesus Christ.

The Program


The program combines Biblical instruction to build Christian character, spiritual


counseling to promote emotional wellness, and work assignments to teach


acceptance of responsibility and a healthy work ethic. The program is a minimum


of twelve months and is completed in three phases, each lasting about four


months. The Induction Phase provides for an adjustment period in which the


student learns to keep a disciplined daily schedule and adhere to the policy and


procedures. The Second Phase promotes implementation of character qualities


being taught. The Advanced Phase prepares the student to return to the


community as a contributing citizen. The After Care portion of our program


ensures accountability while adjusting to living away from the center.