Courageous Transformation in North Idaho

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Oct 27, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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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 you. The story is true, but we've changed the hero's name to protect his privacy.

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

Middleton Kids Week Helps Kids Help Other Kids

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

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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.

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

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Sep 15, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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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, and we'd like to share that longer version with you--the supporters and donors who make success stories like Nathan's possible.

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

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Sep 11, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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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 or more consecutive 4-star ratings. This top honor makes the Idaho Youth Ranch exceptional among other American charities and demonstrates to donors and the public that the agency is worthy of their trust and support.

Fred Meyer Helps Make “Call to the Heart” a Win for Idaho Kids

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Jul 21, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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Fred Meyer Helps Make “Call to the Heart” a Win for Idaho Kids

In May, Fred Meyer in Boise graciously donated gift cards for us to use as a matching opportunity for the “Call to the Heart” portion of our Wine, Women & Shoes fundraiser. For every donation our WWS guests made at the $50 level, the Fred Meyer (Franklin Store) donated a $50 gift card for Idaho Youth Ranch clients to use. The store provided $2,500 worth of gift cards as well as 440 long-stemmed white roses--one for each Wine, Women & Shoes guest to take home.

Reaching for the Sky with the National Guard and Reserve

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Jun 16, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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Reaching for the Sky with the National Guard and Reserve

Healing doesn’t happen in a vacuum; it takes the support and collaboration of a caring community to make promising futures possible for kids and families. That’s why community partnerships are so important to all of us involved with the Idaho Youth Ranch . Both on the job and off, we welcome opportunities to connect with a broad range of other service organizations, from the YMCA to United Way to the Idaho National Guard

Greg Orlando, our program director at Anchor House, recently had the honor of being nominated by one of his staff who serves in the Guard to take part in “Operation Boss Lift 2015,” sponsored by theEmployer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).The mission of ESGR is to “gain and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of the law, and resolving conflicts through mediation.”

A Young Cowboy Finds His Calling at the Ranch Campus

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Jun 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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When Koda came to the Ranch Campus at 16, he was so full of fight that the staff seriously considered 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 early home life on a rural ranch had revolved around conflict with his mom and brothers. But fortunately it also instilled in him a fascination with horses and cowboy crafts. Koda credits the Ranch’s equine specialists with helping him understand for the first time that anger was something he had choices about.