Idaho Youth Ranch Our Mission: The Idaho Youth Ranch provides troubled children a bridge to a valued, responsible and productive future. We are a catalyst for positive change.

When is it time to ask for help?

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on May 9, 2019 12:31:19 PM


When is it time to ask for help?

A Parent's Guide to Teenage Behavior

It can be hard for a kid to admit when things aren’t okay. If your teen is displaying negative patterns of behavior, they may be trying to communicate through their actions, instead. Research shows that upsetting experiences and stress are often the culprits behind behavioral issues in teens, and just because you can’t always see an underlying cause, doesn’t mean there’s nothing wrong. This guide offers some helpful ways to identify problematic behaviors, understand the effects of highly stressful situations, and help your child cope and move past their experiences in a healthy and proactive way. This assessment is intended for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for medical advice or treatment.

Volunteer Spotlight: Warren

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Apr 8, 2019 2:09:36 PM


Fun Fact: “Warren was a traveling musician in his early 20’s”

Originally from Montana, Warren got involved in volunteering with Idaho Youth Ranch when he began winding down from as a traveling sales representative. “I needed something to do, hopefully something beneficial to the community.”

Volunteer Spotlight: Jeannie

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Apr 8, 2019 10:38:41 AM


Fun Fact: “My passion is dogs, I have 7 dogs who all started out as foster dogs.”

Jeannie has served with Idaho Youth Ranch since 1983 and has contributed to the growth and expansion of the organization in many ways throughout her years. Born and raised in Nampa, Idaho she attended the University of Idaho and has lived in Eugene, Oregon for some time.

Volunteer Spotlight: Domenic

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Mar 18, 2019 1:30:03 PM


Fun Fact: “I was born with the name Richard and had a name change at the age of one.”

Domenic has been serving with Idaho Youth Ranch since March 2017. Originally from Chico California, he moved to Boise to attend Boise State to study General Business and is currently minoring in International Business, Marketing, and Human Resources. Domenic volunteers his time assisting the HR department in maintaining job postings, employee discount cards, and application processes.  

Volunteer Spotlight: Hazen

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Mar 18, 2019 1:06:56 PM


Fun Fact: Hazen is our longest serving youth at the Idaho Youth Ranch

Idaho Youth Ranch welcomed Hazen a little over four years ago when he joined as a way to complete his service hours for school. “It was my first volunteering opportunity that I started towards the end of 8th grade.”

5 Common Misconceptions About Teens Mental Health

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Oct 16, 2018 1:05:38 PM


5 Common Misconceptions About Teens Mental Health

It is a common misconception that mental health is only relevant to adults. Kids and teens are often left out of the conversation and their needs are frequently written off or dismissed as unimportant. 

Research shows that a person’s mental state can affect every aspect of their life, but when it comes to conversations about mental health and illness, public opinion and scientific fact can be very confusing.

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

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


Most parents find talking about sex and sexuality with their children intimidating, embarrassing, and even somewhat terrifying. This is a normal way to feel in today’s climate where kids are exposed sexual themes earlier than ever but 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.