During the Program, students progress through six levels of advancement towards graduation. They are closely monitored and consistently receive feedback from their peers, senior managers, and the Program Director. Each new level requires a higher standard of performance. Before advancing to the next level, students must perform to the requirement of that new level. This motivates students to continue striving for higher goals. As they progress, students are provided with increased opportunities, responsibilities, leadership positions, and privileges.
All students are encouraged to stay at the Academy until they have acquired all the tools needed to live a successful sober life.
Every day at the John Volken Academy students practice healthy living. This is often a challenge, as changing a negative life-style into a healthy one is not easy. Our students get up at 6 am Monday to Saturday and have a healthy breakfast, followed by chores and motivational group sessions. From 8 am to 9 pm they attend the Life-Skills Training Center (LTC). This time is spent in career training, group sessions, community activities, and various personal development sessions. Students enjoy healthy meals 3 times a day, as well as 2 snacks.
They normally share accommodations, with 1 to 3 students per room, depending on their level in the program. Quiet time for reading and letter writing is between 10 – 11 pm, with lights out at 11. Sundays are for personal and spiritual growth, reflection, approved visits, and outings.