Zion Educational Systems is comprehensive directory of listings of therapeutic schools, programs, and services. The schools and program dyanmic leadership training is designed to restore the troubled teen, empower them to take control of their lives, and to excite them about a destiny fulfilled in Christ. ZES serves the parents of teens who are rebellious, yet gifted. We serve families: parents, boys, and girls; kids who are easily knocked off track, struggle with internal discipline, and usually makes poor personal decisions. As a parent of a troubled teen you realize that to most of these teens its all about having fun, or getting what the want, without earning it. They suffer from “entitlementitis”, which is the state where one believes that the world revolves around them, rules are for other people, and expectations are a one way street (meet my expecations but expect nothing in return). Our students struggle with self-image, self-centeredness, and self-absorption. For the teenager who is entitled, self-focused, and selfish there is nothing but loss and regret. We call it “less than zero”. Yet, our students see themselves as victims, misunderstood, and blameless for what is going on in their lives. At ZES we lead parents to find solutions where rebellious kids are taught to become “others-centered”, to care about others above our selves. The truth is that to be focused on meeting the needs of others, to serve others from a selfless heart, dedicated to others out of true concern, is a blessing that cannot be calculated. Troubled Teens are troubled due to their selfish and self-centered attitudes and beliefs. When a person only cares about them selves, their life is empty and unfulfiling. And, to the self-centered teenager there is always someone outside of themselves to blame for their own misery. Troubled teens are experts at shifting blame, and playing the victim is second nature. Therefore, they seek fulfillment through all kinds of negative behaviors (drinking, drugging, and sex). Troubled teens want, what they want, when they want it, and nothing satisfies them. Other people either serve their selfish needs, or they are discarded as being non-important or useless. To a troubled teen its all about me, myself, and I. Everyone, especially parents are there to give them want they want, or are there getting in their way. Anyone in authority who dares to hold the troubled teen accountable becomes their enemy, and objects of their wrath. At Zion Educational Systems we strive to promote schools and programs that show the troubled teen the power of accountability, the peace that comes through responsibility, and the fulfillment that comes with caring for others. Our task is a big one, filled with many adventures, pitfalls, and dark valley’s. However, it is a true honor to serve teens who are troubled, and even more honoring to see them be restored.
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Helping Parents of Troubled Teens | Ash Creek RanchTroubled Boys and Spiritual TruthTroubled Teens: The need to forgive oneself and othersTroubled Teens: overcoming our past issues experiencing emotional growthWay Different Than I ImaginedRespect? Do Troubled Teens Know Respect Zion Educational SystemsWhat Comes In… Goes Back Out: Part 1 | Troubled Teen SearchBeing Lights of Truth to a Dark World | Troubled Teen SearchCompassion for Parents of Troubled Girls – Integrity House RTC