Youthworks! blog: Z’s journey

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jul 7, 2017 12:00:00 AM


 One of the first things you’ll notice about Z * is her very shy demeanor, but she hasn’t let that define who she is or what she wants to be: a designer for clothing supergiant, Adidas.

As one of the youngest members of the Youthworks! this summer (she will be a junior in high school come fall), Z says she wanted to be a part of the program in order to gain experience in money management, entrepreneurship and the overall concept of what it takes to run a business, things that will help her build her own brand in the future.

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

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



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



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.

Congratulations to Our Newest YOUTHWORKS! Graduates!

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jul 14, 2015 12:00:00 AM


Idaho Youth Ranch CEO Steve Woodworth welcomed everyone with opening remarks, reminding the trainees that relationships are the key to change, because none of us succeeds all alone.

The Maverick Newsletter Spring 2015

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


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. 

YOUTHWORKS! and the Power of People Skills

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Dec 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM


Our newest Idaho Youth Ranch program, YOUTHWORKS!, helps launch at-risk young adults into the working world with a big head start. The program includes on-the-job training in our thrift stores, mentoring from a business professional, classroom instruction, an internship, and job placement assistance. It even pays trainees a stipend while they’re learning.

The Maverick Newsletter Summer 2014

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Aug 15, 2014 12:00:00 AM


Dominic’s Story

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jul 22, 2014 12:00:00 AM


But someone else in his life hadn’t. When his mother heard about YOUTHWORKS!, she encouraged Dominic to apply. She felt the program would give him the help he needed to turn his life around.  Dominic did apply but only grudgingly, without much faith in whether it would work.  That changed, though, once he got really dove in and engaged.