Venture Academy saved our daughter’s life – there is no doubt about it. How did they do it where others failed most pitifully? Without access to her toxic peer group, bullies, inappropriate and unhealthy outside influences could not reach her. Nor could she be tempted back onto the path of disaster. Not until then did our daughter begin to recover. Finally she could feel safe from bullies, temptations and judgement and when free from these distractions she could begin to understand that her life was valued. She began to allow herself to be happy, to experience joy and to laugh like a teen should. Her choices became healthier and sustainable. We missed her terribly – don’t get me wrong we did. However, we were faced with the choice – a living healthy thriving teen or a dead one.

– Clinician, Registered Nurse