In addition to receiving counseling kids in our residential programs spend time every week getting involved in their community through volunteer projects. The Idaho Youth Ranch service learning program has included many community organizations and nonprofits. To date, IYR kids have served more than 100 meals at the Boise Rescue Mission, packed 1500 lbs. of donations at the Idaho Foodbank, delivered 32 meals for Meals on Wheels, and cared for service animals with Mini-Joys, a local non-profit that provides miniature horses for therapeutic healing.
Many of the kids at Hays have also taken on individual opportunities. One resident acts as a mentor for the Boy’s and Girl’s Club and another is a ZooTeen volunteer at Zoo Boise who provides customer service and informational sessions, and even special presentations.
Service learning, at IYR’s residential youth programs, allows kids to experience the satisfaction of making a difference—for some, for the first time in their lives. It builds confidence and a sense of belonging. And it's fun! Service learning is so popular that some of our alumni love coming back to participate even after they graduate from the program.