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Courageous Transformation in North Idaho

At last July’s Wine, Women & Shoes fundraising event in Coeur d’Alene, IYR clinician Amanda Smith shared an amazing story with hundreds of generous guests, all gathered to support promising futures for Idaho kids and families. With her permission we're glad to have the opportunity to share this story with…

From Homelessness to a High School Formal

It’s the little things that can mean so much to a teenager whose only idea of “normal” is homelessness. Things like having a safe place to stay, regular meals, access to showers and clean clothes to change into- or going to your high school dance with someone you really like.…

Look Who’s Going to College, Thanks to IYR Scholarships

Every year the Idaho Youth Ranch has the honor of awarding scholarships to graduates from our various programs to attend universities, colleges, or vocational/trade schools. Their application essays and interviews are always an inspiration to everyone on the review committee. One of the most rewarding parts of the process is…

The Powerful Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an opportunity to shine a light on a problem that too often hides unacknowledged in the shadows. And the impact on children is huge, whether they become targets themselves or whether they witness the abuse of a parent or caregiver. What is domestic violence?…

Middleton Kids Week Helps Kids Help Other Kids

When we opened our new IYR thrift store in Middleton in June 2013, we launched an annual community support program called “Middleton Kids Week.” Every day during the third week in June, the Idaho Youth Ranch Middleton store donates 20% of that day’s sales to a different local youth organization.…

Christmas Decorators! - Hands of Promise Campus

Nathan’s Story: A Father Looks Back on His Time at IYR

If you've seen the Summer 2015 issue of our Maverick newsletter, you'll remember a short article about Nathan McEwen, who is an IYR graduate and whose teenage son is also an IYR graduate. Last year, Nathan gave a talk for an IYR staff meeting and shared his story with us,…

IYR Earns 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator—Again!

Once again, the Idaho Youth Ranch has received four stars, the highest possible rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator, for sound fiscal management and a proven commitment to accountability and transparency. According to Charity Navigator, only 20% of the thousands of charities they evaluate have ever received two…

Making a Difference: Service Learning at IYR

One of the key ingredients to a promising future is a sense of belonging and feeling connected to others and valued for what you have to offer. That’s why volunteering, or what we call service learning, is such an important part of treatment at IYR. Service learning lets kids experience…

Nicole Learns a Thing or Two About Love

To say that Nicole had a rough start in life is an understatement. As an infant, Nicole’s diapers would go unchanged so long that she remembers the pain of having urine burns all over her tiny body and once watching her older brother and sister try to eat cat litter…

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