Healing and rehabilitating teens and young adults with substance abuse addictions
The first lady was first inspired to work with Teen Challenge, a faith-based organization dedicated to the healing and rehabilitation of teens and young adults with substance abuse addictions, after attending a graduation ceremony and hearing the moving testimony of several Teen Challenge students who had completed the program. She now works regularly with Teen Challenge to raise awareness for the group throughout the state, and assists with their fundraising and expansion efforts.
Teen Challenge of Wisconsin first began in Milwaukee in 1983, and its first residential program for men was opened in 1989. The women’s program was opened in September of 1999. A study by Northwestern University confirmed a success rate for Teen Challenge graduates of over 80%.