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

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Oct 13, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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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 chance to learn what our IYR alums are up to and how their promising futures are taking shape.

Making a Difference: Service Learning at IYR

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Sep 9, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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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.

Nicole Learns a Thing or Two About Love

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Sep 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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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 while their mom was sinking into meth addiction.

Hays House Kids Explore the Power of “Willingness”

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Jul 8, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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It was a sultry Saturday afternoon, 109 degrees in the shade. Three therapists and three teenage girls from Hays House sat under the park’s only tree, watching the sun beat down on three horses in a sand-filled arena with no shade at all. They (the humans, not the horses) were discussing the idea of “willingness” and the girls were being asked to think about and try to practice willingness at today’s equine therapy session.

Breaking the Cycle

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on May 19, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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One of our program graduates recently applied for -- and received -- an Idaho Youth Ranch scholarship. Her application letter told the story of a courageous transformation, made possible by so many generous IYR donors and community partners. Anna came to us struggling against tremendous obstacles, but she is now on her way to college with a clear life direction.