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50 YEARS OF HISTORY

In 1958, Pastor David Wilkerson reached out to troubled street youth in New York City. Teen Challenge was created to meet the needs of these youths. This is how the ministry of Teen Challenge began and has spread literally around the world.

Today, Teen Challenge is a non-profit, interdenominational, faith-based program operating in 82 countries, with over 1,000 autonomous locations internationally, and continues to grow at a dramatic pace worldwide.

Teen Challenge Alberta was originally founded in 1986 as the Alberta Teen Challenge Society and merged with Teen Challenge Canada in 2004.

The Teen Challenge story is told in the best-selling book and movie The Cross and the Switchblade.

Teen Challenge Alberta - David Wilkerson in 1957 Outside the Courtroom Teen Challenge Alberta - Youth Rally in July, 1958 Teen Challenge Alberta - David Wilkerson & Nicky Cruz Teen Challenge Alberta - David Wilkerson in 2009