7 Tips for Having “The Sex Talk” With Your Kids

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Sep 17, 2018 2:55:17 PM

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Most parents find talking about sex and sexuality with their children intimidating, embarrassing, and even terrifying. This is a normal way to feel in today’s climate where kids will early on experience sexual themes in media and even in school around their peers, but where sex is still a “taboo” subject in everyday conversation. Raising kids in a sex-positive, open environment can improve your relationship with your child and keep the lines of communication open. Here are a few tips to get the conversation started.

Social Media Dangers and the Effects of Cyberbullying

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Sep 14, 2018 9:58:05 AM

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In this digital age we now find ourselves in, it is easier than ever for kids and teens to bully their peers. In this digital world, bullies can say something harmful without having to see the physical reactions of their victim or visually experience the effects of their words. To understand the injustice more fully, we first have to admit it exists, educate ourselves, and then take actions to prevent and protect the children in our care.

Buy a Home. Give a Home.

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Sep 5, 2018 4:11:25 PM

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We always feel so fortunate to receive so much incredible support from our community. Without support from generous partners, we wouldn't be able to help as many kids through our therapeutic services and residential programs. Recently, our network of community support grew when we met Suzi Boyle and Max Mohammadi.

Katie's Success Story

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Aug 21, 2018 5:35:00 PM

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Katie's Success Story

When Katie first came to the Ranch Campus, she had no intention of ever returning home. Adopted as a teenager, she feared that her parents loved their biological kids more and the resulting conflicts had torn the family apart. Her intention was to complete the Ranch program, move into independent living, attend college, and never look back.

It's a Money Thing

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Aug 14, 2018 10:32:26 AM

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It's A Money Thing

Hard won financial lessons are some of the most important things you learn growing up. Young people from all walks of life get caught in financial traps and struggle to support themselves independently when they turn 18. The goal at Idaho Youth Ranch is to provide the young people in our programs with ALL the skills they need transition successfully into adulthood. 

Koda's Success Story

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Aug 10, 2018 5:21:00 PM

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Koda came to the Ranch Campus at 16 years old, so full of fight that the staff almost resorted to discharging him early for the safety of the other residents. “I had a whole bunch of anger problems,” he said, “It kind of ran in the family.” His home life on a rural ranch revolved around conflict with his mom and brothers, but fortunately, it also gave him a budding passion for horses and cowboy crafts. Koda credits the Ranch’s Equine Therapy with helping him understand for the first time that anger was something he could choose to control. Trauma can be transformed. Koda learned how to transform his trauma into something positive.

How You Can Help Foster Children in Need

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on May 23, 2018 3:31:44 PM

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In celebration of National Foster Care Awareness Month this May, we wanted to share some information you can use to get involved on these remaining days. Centered around youth advocacy, the Idaho Youth Ranch works with families and children to ensure they have access to the help, resources, and education they need to positively change the trajectory of their life. With nearly 1,800 children living in the Idaho foster care system, it’s never too late get involved by giving back!