Shelterwood offers a structured experience, but doesn’t take a military perspective. We believe that “relationship and respect” is the key to our program, and that most teens will follow someone they think is cool or respect. So, we hire a dynamic team of young adults as our direct care staff/mentors to build relationships and live in community with our teens. These young adult mentors work in concert with our therapeutic team to use the therapeutic and spiritual tools available to go after the hearts of teens. At Shelterwood, we maintain a 1.5 : 1 teen-to-staff ratio. That means our teens are more than just supervised. They are discipled and encouraged around the clock, 24/7.