EAP: the Healing Power of Horses at IYR

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Nov 3, 2017 12:00:00 AM

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At the Idaho Youth Ranch, equine therapy is available to children and families who participate in any of our programs and services, not only kids in residential care. That includes family therapy, group and individual counseling, short-term crisis relief, even adoption services--because it gets such great results.

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.

Mending the Ties that Bind at the Ranch Campus

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Jun 30, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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Mending the Ties that Bind at the Ranch Campus

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. 

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.

The Maverick Newsletter Spring 2015

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

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Here it is- the Spring 2015 issue of The Maverick newsletter, full of success stories about Idaho kids and families whose lives have changed for the better, thanks to your generous support. 

From Despair to Hope: Justin’s Journey

Posted  by  Idaho Youth Ranch on Nov 25, 2014 12:00:00 AM

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Turning one child's dangerous path into a promising future often takes a combined collaborative effort. And supporting that new direction means involving the whole family, not just the child. For Justin, the transformation involved IYR's Ranch Campus program, family counseling services, and reintegration services, along with his school and his family's church.