Youth Challenge of Hampton Roads (Newport News, VA)

Work Address

  • Organization Name:Youth Challenge of Hampton Roads
  • Address:332 34th Street
    Newport News, VA 23607
    United States

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  • Mission:
  • Mission Statement

    Youth Challenge Inc. is committed to the restoration, rebuilding, and establishing of sound minds, bodies and spirits in the resident population of the program, both men and women.
    • RESTORATION of lives that have been devastated by drugs, alcohol and high-risk lifestyles that accompany this type of behavior is our primary goal.
    • REBUILDING lives by teaching application of Christian principles and high moral standards, as well as responsibility towards family, society, and a legitimate vocation is our emphasis.
    • ESTABLISHING a solid biblical-based foundation of character development and sound teaching through the Word of God in order to successfully re-enter society is our aim.
    With love and concern we are succeeding in our mission to turn many former rejects of society into productive citizens who make a solid contribution to their homes, churches, and communities. Through outreach we are helping thousands to avoid the pitfalls that destroy their lives. Our mission is to restore and rebuild the individual lives and families that substance abuse has destroyed.

  • History:
  • Youth Challenge was founded in 1979 by Troy Collier. After ten years of outreach in the Hampton Roads community alone, a local Board of Directors was organized to open the first men’s home for Youth Challenge in Newport News, VA. This facility was a 19 room home for young men. Shortly thereafter, in 1982, Youth Challenge opened a 12 bedroom home for young women. Later, in 1996, Youth Challenge acquired our current facility, a 39 thousand square foot building, now affectionately known as “The Hope Center”. The facility houses our Men’s Home, Administrative Offices, Single Staff Housing, Re-entry dorms, and Restoration dorms.

    Youth Challenge offers a 12 to 15 month residential program, which includes counseling (individual and group), continued education with GED preparation, work therapy, vocational training and recreation. Youth Challenge’s goal is to treat the whole person: spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Through teaching and exampling Biblical principles, Youth Challenge enables students to live a drug free and productive lifestyle. Youth Challenge also offers an aftercare program to ensure the continued success of students graduating from the program.

    Youth Challenge serves the entire Hampton Roads community in its fight against drug addiction, crime, juvenile delinquency, and the deterioration of the family. In lieu of jail or prison, where it costs taxpayers approximately $40,000 a year to house, many of our students come from the judicial system. To this day we are considered by many Judges, Prosecutors, and Lawyers to be the most successful substance abuse program in the Hampton Roads area. “Youth Challenge gives the court a viable alternative to incarceration which can make a meaningful difference in a troubled person’s life.” (Judge Christopher W. Hutton, Circuit Court, Hampton, VA) “There are many programs in our community for drug addicted individuals but your (Youth Challenge’s) positive results certainly set you (Youth Challenge) apart. Your (Youth Challenge’s) Christian emphasis that focuses on changing the heart first is certainly the key to that success.” (Judge Patricia West, Circuit Court, Virginia Beach, VA)

    We also have an outreach team that goes out to local youth camps, churches, and schools as part of our drug prevention program. While we certainly are proud of the changes in thousands of lives over the years, we even more so celebrate the countless lives that may have resisted drugs because of the influence of our outreach team.

    Although Youth Challenge serves many local communities we receive no local or state funding. Youth Challenge operates solely on the contributions from individuals, church groups, fundraisers, job related income (i.e. lawn care, moving jobs, and maintenance jobs), proceeds from our Thrift Store, donated vehicle sales, and private foundations.

  • Year established:1979
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)

Types of funding being sought (i.e. funding type)

  • Program:Yes
  • Operating:Yes

Program areas of focus and activity (i.e. funding cause)

  • Education:Medium
  • Health:Medium
  • Human Services:High
  • Public Benefit, Society Benefit:High
  • Religion:Medium

Geographic areas of focus and activity (i.e. geographic area)

  • National:Maybe
  • Regional:Yes
  • State/Province:Yes
  • Local:Yes

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