Living Here

Your Own Room.


This is one of the first questions teens ask—“Do I get my own room?” And for good reason–we all need our own space to regroup and reflect. Plus, getting enough sleep in the teen years is vitally important. Students are free to appropriately decorate their rooms in a style that makes their space feel like their own. Still, beds must be made every morning, and the room must be kept clean.

Learning these habits can be new for some teens, so we help our students rise to a standard of cleanliness that shows self-respect and self-care.


A Good Thing

Meals at Journey Academy are planned and prepared in the home by students and staff, using locally-sourced and organic ingredients whenever possible. The communal kitchen is a central hub of house life, and the evening meal preparation ritual is something that many students enjoy.

Students are expected to participate in meal preparation and clean-up as part of a daily contribution to the Journey Academy community. Mealtime is often a time when students learn about new things, share about their day, and bond.



No matter where you live, it’s essential to know how to do chores. Our youth do laundry, clean the kitchen, vacuum, make their bed and keep their bathroom tidy. These skills are necessary to become a flourishing and independent adult. Or just to be a good roommate.


Clear & Communicated

We do have rules. But we also have privileges that can be earned. They are clear. They are documented. And we hold to them. We communicate expectations during the interview process. Once enrolled, we review expectations, monitor their progress on a daily basis, give feedback, and celebrate wins.

We see behavior as an indication of what may be happening in your teen’s life, and talk openly about what’s working and what’s not.


What will my room be like?

Youth have their own rooms that come fully furnished with a bed, dresser, and desk. Youth are encouraged to decorate their rooms that represents themselves and make them feel at “home.”

Can I play music in my room?

Absolutely! We love music in our program and understand it’s a great coping skill. We just ask that music be respectful and appropriate.

What’s the food like?

We do family style meals at lunch and dinner. Youth can have a say in what is on the menu and even help with cooking and shopping. We love it when youth share their favorite recipes with us! Personal snacks and treats are welcome. If you have a special diet or food preference, we’re happy to accommodate.

What kind of chores will I have?

There are a variety of 10 different chores that include; cleaning the living room, washing dinner dishes, mopping/sweeping, basic household chores. Students get an allowance and extra privileges by doing chores.

What if I need help with homework?

We have lots of support available! There are regular study hours built into the daily schedule and staff are available to help if you get stuck on an assignment.

Can I drive my own car on campus?

Unfortunately, you cannot have a car on campus. However, if you’re hoping to drive, you can work with your family to iron out driving privileges while on home passes. If you don’t have a car yet, but would like to work towards getting your license, we can help you reach this goal.

Can I have a job?

Yes! Plenty of youth have jobs while in program. We’ll help you write your resume, prepare for your interview, and maintain a work life balance. Of course, getting a job is a privilege and contingent on safety and progress in treatment.

Am I allowed to have my cell phone?

You cannot have your phone, or other wifi accessible device, when you first get here, however phone access is something you can earn. We work as a team to review when the time is right for you.

Can I go on home passes?

Yes, definitely. However, we start with on-site visits, then progress to off-site visits, and then start home passes.

Do you go on outings?

Yes! We love to go on fun outings. Students often elect activities they’d like to participate in. Recent outings have included trips to Six Flags, the movies, laser tag, the beach, hikes, day trips to San Francisco, and exploring local community events. However, as with everything, decisions about involvement in outings comes down to safety and level of participation in treatment.