WWASP Programs

WWASP Survivors provides detailed reports on the various WWASP(S) Programs that have either closed and left behind a history of abuse or are currently in operation and accepting kids today. Due to the multiple closures and legal troubles surrounding the WWASP name, WWASP has dissolved their corporation and many schools which were opened and owned by former WWASP staff are now denying affiliation with WWASP. WWASP Survivors determines the WWASP affiliation of currently operating schools to be evident in the relationship between ownership/employment of former WWASP employees, similar program structure and policies, utilization of the Resource Realizations Seminars (or in-house spin offs), and contracting the use of the same marketing agencies that refer to confirmed WWASP affiliated schools. Today WWASP has morphed into Youth Foundation Inc. For more information on what constitutes a WWASP Program read more here.

Open WWASP Programs

3 Points Center – La Verkin UT (Formerly Cross Creek/ Youth Foundations)

Second Chances – La Verkin UT (Formerly Cross Creek Manor)

NorthWest Academy – Amargosa Valley, NV (Formerly Horizon Academy)

Seneca Ranch – Donalds, SC (Formerly Carolina Springs Academy)

Midwest Academy – Keokuk, Iowa

Ashcreek Ranch Academy – Toquerville, UT

Red River Academy – LeCompte, LA

Old West Academy / Majestic Ranch Academy – Randolph, Utah

RiverView Camp – Toquerville, UT (Open for summer)

RiverView Academy – Thompson Falls, MT

Woodland Hills Maternal Home

 

Previously Affiliated WWASP and WWASP Spin-off Programs

Sunset Bay Academy – Rosarito, Mexico

Diamond Ranch Academy – Hurricane, UT

Eagle Ranch Academy – St. George, UT (Formerly Brightway Adolescent Hospital)

Liahona Academy – Virgin, UT and Hurricane UT

 

Closed WWASP Programs

Youth Foundation Success Academy/ Youth Foundation Inc – La Verkin, Utah (Formerly known as Cross Creek/ Horizon Academy)

Cross Creek Programs – La Verkin, Utah (Currently 3 Points Center/ Second Chances)

Horizon Academy – Amargosa Valley, NV (Currently NorthWest Academy)

Spring Creek Lodge – Thompson Falls, Montana

Casa By the Sea – Ensenada, Mexico

High Impact – Ensenada, Mexico

Paradise Cove – Samoa

Tranquility Bay – Jamaica

Morava Academy – Jelenice, Czech Republic

Teen Mentor School – Costa Rica

Academy at Ivy Ridge – Ogdensville, New York

Darrington Academy – Blue Ridge, Georgia

Brightway Adolescent Hospital – St. George, Utah

Carolina Springs Academy – Donalds, South Carolina

Gulf Coast Academy

Royal George Academy

Sky View Christian Academy

Red River Academy

Bethel Boys Academy –  Lucedale, MS

Bethel Girls Academy – Petal, MS

  • Camp Respect – Lucedale, MS.
  • Eagle Point Christian Academy – Lucedale, MS
  • Pine View Academy – Lucedale, MS.

Transport Companies used by WWASP

First Response Transports, Gene McMahan

Rick Strawn Security Services, Rick and Susan Strawn

Steadfast Security, LeRoy DeVore

Teen Escort, Ann & Kay Atwood

Teen Intervention Services, Glenda and James Paulus

Spring Creek Lodge Second Chance Transport.

Trusting Hands Adolescent Services, for California students only.

Majestic Ranch Intercept Transport Services.

Help Our Teen Adolescent Services: Cross Creek or Majestic Ranch.

*Last updated: 3/14/2015

26 Responses to “WWASP Programs”

  1. Linda Says:

    Riverview Academy (utahriverview.com)at 591 N. State Street is now claiming to have a “ranch” on Shangri-La Road in Toquerville, Utah. They have recently renewed their Human Services license under Youth Foundation, Inc. The building at this address is for sale by Coldwell Banker and the listing was just renewed (http://www.utahhomes.com/property/details/153117/MLS-1010511/591-N-State-St-La-Verkin-UT-84745.aspx).

    They are currently sending Youth Foundation Success Academy kids there.

    Even though Cross Creek Programs website is using outdated (2012) licensing and accreditation, some of the phone numbers for Youth Foundation, Inc. are now routed to Cross Creek’s answering machine (435-635-6060 or 435-635-6000) which is a different number than is listed on their website.

    Horizon Academy is closed but was replaced by Youth Foundation Success Academy. All of the information is the same, just the name was changed.

    Cross Creek Programs, Youth Foundation Success Academy, and Riverview Academy are currently operating under the Youth Foundation, Inc. umbrella and Jade Robinson has replaced Karr Farnsworth as the director.

    All of these “programs” use the WWASP paradigm and Resource Realizations brainwashing seminars, Discovery and Focus.

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    • Nelly Says:

      My daughter stayed 9 months in Utah at second chance. It is the best decision I made. I do not know anything about affiliations they have but can assure you my daughter was very well taking care of with a passionate staff that wanted the best for her. She ran away from home at age 17 for a full week and we did not know where she went . She was aggressive towards her sisters and authority in general. She was very unhappy. Second chances really helped her to be back on her feet. It was difficult to not see her for 9 months but I will not thank enough the team for their kindness and professionalism. It may be a difficult step but it really helped my daughter to be happy again. THANK YOU ADAM

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    • Nelly Says:

      My daughter was 9 months at Second chance in Utah and came back home last September. I am very happy she followed the SCINSU program for 9 months. I do not know anything about past affiliations but bringing her to Utah second chance was the best decision I made. It is easy to criticize. I have met only people there that really cared and did the best they could for my daughter. She ran away from home and was very agressive towards her family and any kind of authority. She was very unhappy. She is now finding her way thanks to Adam and his team at second chances. They really saved my daughter’s life. It was a difficult step to not see her for 9 months but she is now happy and I really want to thank the all staff and particularly Adam for their work. You can tell that it is a real passion to bring teen back to life and they succeeded with my daughter. THKS AGAIN

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  2. Dan Maurer Says:

    I was at Midwest Academy in Keokuk, Iowa in ’08 and ’09. During that time I apparently learned much of the program jargon used by those who were at many of the schools listed above. Also, up until part way through my stay, MWA did indeed use Discovery and Focus, though the company (at least as far as the tags we go said) was called Premier. You might want to confirm MWA’s past affiliation status and add it to the list if it is indeed confirmed.

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  3. Alex Wilcox Says:

    I came from Red River Academy, LA, a year and a half ago. I was there for three years, and ten months. I had been through so much, I had given up, but when I was ready to die, my mom and dad sent me there. I’m not saying that Red River was bad, because it was hell on earth. But, I do admit, it taught me things I never would have learned any other way. I went through the seminars, and they helped me, but not as much as they could have, if they were better. I’m living alone, and my dad has kicked me out, for being gay, and it’s hard enough to live without my family. When I was in there, I lost so many friends, and my family has forgotten about me. So in a way, RRA helped me, but it also hurt me worse than people know. I was hurt, but I started the healing process there. I will never forget the people who DID help me. Mr. Dustin, Mr. Justin, and the few chaperones who actually cared, Mr. Don, Mrs. Glenna, Mrs. Lynn, and the teachers, who all helped us. I thank them, and them only. Those who actually cared, thank you for helping us through the hardest times of our lives. But, that doesn’t mean what the people are doing is right. I’ve seen and experienced first hand, the chaperones who pissed us off on purpose, and didn’t get fired for it, and those who yelled at us, for asking a question. I was insulted by them, and nothing happened. But when we yelled back, cursed back, and hit them, we got in trouble. Why is it that some places, that are seen as good, can have such a disguise to cover up the worse parts of it? The Family Reps knew some of it, and they never agreed with most of them, but I admit, some things were our fault, but not everything. Again, I thank you Mr. Ben, who helped and cared enough to help us through the hardest days. Thank you.
    Alex

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    • Justin Says:

      When you say Mr. Ben…do you mean Benjamin Osteen?

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      • Layne Says:

        I went to Red River Academy as well, and yes – Benjamin Osteen is the referred to Mr. Ben.
        As for how I felt about Red River, I was there 1 year and 12 days. It was hell on earth. Didn’t help me mucn, though I will say it did save my life, only for the fact of I was suicidal. When I got out, I was still cutting, doing drugs, and having sex. RRA was absolutely horrid.

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  4. Rachael Kassinger Says:

    https://movies.yahoo.com/news/gay-teens-ripped-homes-name-god-kidnapped-christ-231600946.html

    Are these programs connected to wwasp? or not connected, but still abusive troubled teen program?

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  5. nEALY Says:

    My daughter was a graduate from SCINSU. She went from a trainwreck throwing her life away to AMAZING! It was all because of the love and therapy she experienced. She loved it there. She said it was the hardest year of her life, but she wouldn’t change a thing. She still stays in contact with the therapist and some others there that she misses and they have a beautiful relationship. Adam, the owner is experienced and understands the program. I was skeptical at first. But the proof is living in my house and she is a whole new human that is going to have a happy life now.

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  6. Kara Says:

    Second Chances in Southern Utah is not a WWASP program. My daughter spent 5 months there last year and went from being suicidal, in and out of inpatient care, to the joyful kid with a purpose in life. She’s home now, has matured tremendously and makes straight A’s, holds a job and is involved in various school activities.. Second Chances has high standards for their employees, many of whom we are still in contact with. The girls that have completed their time there will tell you it made a huge difference in their lives. Please don’t assume what you haven’t seen for yourself. They are in the former Cross Creek building but are a totally different model of care.

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    • Bill Boyles Says:

      Sounds like the typical program party live. What we have here is a wonderful example of what the program actually does. You see, the program is NOT designed to help kids. It’s designed to produce happy “success stories” exactly like the one you just made. Ironically, you “testimonial” is an almost word perfect copy of the same kind of garbage every other “happy” parent and kid spouts. While I sincerely hope your kid does great in life, I’d bet a lot of money that in 5 to 10 years she’ll, unfortunately, be singing a different tune- one you just aren’t ready to hear right now. Let me ask you this: are you still her only or major source of financial support? Bet you are. Just wait until that changes.

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    • Maria Says:

      Hi Kara do you mind me asking how your daughter is currently doing after attending Second chances? I’m considering this place for mine and want to know if there is any positive or negative feed back from her now that it been a while. I really appreciate the info. Thanks.

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      • Sceptic Says:

        FYI search owner Adam AhQuin / Maximum Life Skills Academy and you won’t send your child there. Also search AhQuin and Ah Quin along with abuse, lawsuit, neglect , death , teen treatment facility. Also, run a criminal background check on the staff and verify the said credentials!Two of the brothers opened Olympus Academy in Utah and have recently shut down. I’m assuming they sent there “students” home to avoid the insurance fraud they have been under investigation for. Residential Treatment Centers are not the solution for troubled teens. Call the State of Utah licensing and ask what the requirements are to have a facility. If they are providing therapeutic treatment why aren’t they licenses as a medical facility or more than a school? Why do the locations of these facilities continually move and often change names? Why are there so many facilities in Utah? Because…it’s about the money and they have extremely lax licensing requirements. There’s a reason these facilities are in Utah. Don’t be a victim of a savvy salesperson! Hope this helps.

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    • Lisa Says:

      Hi Kara, you said your daughter went to SCINCU for 5 months and that they have high standards for their staff.Can you please enlighten me how you know these things to be true since they aren’t the most transparent place and don’t offer any additional information to parents.

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  7. 429DH Says:

    It is tough for anyone to comprehend the process by which a family feels there is no other options for their child who has spun out of control. In most cases, I would imagine, every doctor, therapist, counselor, discipline, and every parenting technique has been tried before this painful step is taken. I would also venture to say, in most cases, the safety of the child is at stake in some level.

    I would encourage all parents to research any facility with deligence, ask for referrals, check licenses, inspections, etc. – a facility that is operating in a healthy manner, will provide this information when requested in a healthy manner.

    It is unfortunate and horrible the atrocities done and should be dealt with.

    But I would encourage persons not to engage in situations where hurt and anger create an unhealthy dialogue that benefits no one.

    And just in case it’s relevant, I am a parent of a child who has been enrolled in RTC. It has been extremely beneficial for my child’s and our family’s health and well-being.

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  8. Lisa Says:

    My daughter was in the SCINSU program last year. We have great respect for the program, staff, and the founder. She learned so many things while there and it was all positive influences on her. I thank God that we found SCINSU when we did. I’m not sure my daughter would be with us now had she not gone to SCINSU. The stories that our daughter has told us has caused us to have even greater respect for Adam, the founder of this great program. Adam has gone above and beyond to help these girls find their way. Our family will always be grateful to SCINSU.

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  9. Lorraine Elerby Says:

    Working on my due diligence here. SCISU is being recommended to me for my 17 year old. Her goal in life right now is to have a baby so she is constantly checking her ovulation and basal temperature. She has only has much older boyfriends and wants to live away from home, She is a pot smoker and cigarette smoker and has no interest in school. I recently noticed some black capsules in her possession. She has also admitted to taking Valium. She use to be a cutter but now is just tattooing her body.I believe she is severely depressed and self medicating herself. She is a runaway and so far has not gone too far and has always returned or been returned by the police. For the past 5 years since divorce weve been through hospitalizations and therapy, things are just escalating. What is a mother to do with so little parental right left?

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    • Ali Says:

      Lorraine – I feel your pain. Our daughter has been at second chances for the past couple of weeks. It was the only way to get her away from all the vices of life as a teen. I spoke with two of the moms of both a daughter who finished her program and one who is currently finishing up. We were very hesitant at first but feel very good about our decision. I would call or email Adam and ask him or Debbie for some of the references of moms who have been through the program. Some people will judge you for doing this but if it brings your innocent girl back with a lot of maturity then that is all that matters.

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    • Maria Says:

      Lorraine Elerby,

      Hi did you ever decide to send your daughter there? If so how was it? Do you have any details good or bad?

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  10. Lisa Says:

    My daughter was at SCINSU, and it is not what is being referred to in these posts, a WWASP program. I have nothing but the utmost respect for the founder, Adam and all of the staff that We had contact with. They all show the girls how to find their passion, help them with life lessons and most important, actually help them change their thinking from hopelessness and depression to happiness & gratefulness. All things we were not able to achieve here at home, even with much support. I hate to see good people with great programs slandered where others can’t get the help they need.

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  11. Donna H Says:

    We also have a SCINSU graduate. She will celebrate her one year on May 19, and will graduate with honors from high school on the same day!! When I researched all of the facilities, we used a referral company called called The Envoy Group, who helps parents find the right place for their children all over the country. Second Chances ended up being the best place for us because it provided a small, homelike setting with a small number of girls who just needed the opportunity to quiet the culture noise and discover who they really were. None of the programs that I looked at, which were over 20, had the growing principles that Second Chances adheres to. Our experience there was very positive. Our WHOLE family was helped, we grew closer together, and relationships were healed. We knew it was not going to be a walk in the park to send her child thousands of miles away from home, but the alternative was to wonder whether not she was going to be safe, or if we could protect her from herself. So, I have to say you guys that are advocating for a wwasp survivors, I get it – if children were being harmed in anyway, the spotlight needs to be on them. But in this instance and for several girls that we still remain in contact with it was the right thing to help them get back on their feet. No one in the 11 months she was there was harmed-in fact, if there were any issues, we were notified almost immediately.

    We had weekly conversations with case managers, and an online portal that allowed you to see grades, updates on their case management, or other input by teachers, therapists, field trips, etc.

    I have asked my daughter several times, if she knew of a girl who is struggling, would she recommends Second Chances… Her response is always “yes mom.”

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    • Bill Boyles Says:

      my parents probably would have said the same thing right after I graduated the program. wait until she isn’t financially reliant on you and we’ll see if she’s still telling the same story. I also find it interesting you can state with such confidence that “no one was harmed” in the time she was there. How do you know? how would you know? I doubt you were there 24/7, and even if you were, I doubt you would have had some sort of godlike knowledge of everything happening in the facility. This, of course, is one of the biggest issues with these places: when a child is kept apart from her parents, they simply have no way of knowing what is going on. At best, they can hope for the best. This is true of other places like schools and daycares, but in those types of institutions the child comes home every day, and doesn’t live in mortal fear of being sent back or being punished for telling the truth.

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    • Bill Boyles Says:

      Oh, one more quick thing: your statement that you’ve asked your daughter hypothetically about whether she would recommend the program tells me that you aren’t quite as sure of your decision as you’re pretending to be or would like to be. I get that. My parents also denied the abuse for a long time and exaggerated the amount of “danger” I was in a vain attempt to stave off the crushing guilt of what they had done to me. I once bought my other a copy of Maia Szalavitz’s excellent book Help At Any Cost, but to this day she has been unable to bring herself to read it because she simply can’t face the reality of what being in the program was like for me and the level of abuse I faced. What I’m saying is: your denial is far from a unique reaction, but ultimately I think you’re going to find that it is a wedge between yourself and your daughter. If she needs to talk about what happened to people who actually understand, hopefully she’ll find her way to our Facebook group, like so many others have. Hopefully your relationship with her ends up better than those of many others that I know.

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  12. Steve Says:

    We had a horrible experience with Second Chances in La Verkin Utah. Now we feel it is our duty to warn people about the prison like facility. Stay away, stay away, stay away. Do not send your daughter to this facility unless you want her to listen to 30 girls screaming 24 hours a day, and staff telling lies about you, the parents. The stay in this prison-like facility changed our daughter from defiant to suicidal. When this happened the staff kicked out daughter out and gave us 24 hours to find another care facility for her. Second Chances does not care about your daughter. It is a “puppy mill” housing as many girls as possible, to make as much money as possible. A true nightmare!!! Stay away! If you are looking for a caring place for your troubled daughter with caring staff and competent counseling try Meridian Mentoring in OrangeVille Utah.

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