Early experiences in a child's life have a direct impact on the mental and physical development of that child over a lifetime. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to understanding how trauma impacts young people, we know that there is a direct correlation between trauma, support, and lifelong outcomes.
Idaho's kids are at risk.
What we have learned about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is that for every ACE a child has, there is a direct correlation on lifelong outcomes including depression, suicidal, heart disease, cancer, and even employability.
While the numbers are staggering, we also know that there is something we can do about it.
Because of a new understanding of the way our brains develop, we have learned about neuroplasticity. What that means is that while the brain will experience significant setbacks in development as a result of trauma, with the right proven therapies and the right support it can heal.
We have learned that childhood trauma is not simply an emotional problem. It has a profound and dramatic impact on kids’ brains and bodies that, without intervention, they will carry with them throughout their lives. We also know that there are proven therapies that can help heal the damage caused by early adversity. By teaching young people how to regulate their emotions, develop healthy relationships, and process their traumas, we can help heal the damage and help them develop resilience.
Your support of Idaho Youth Ranch provides access to those proven therapies two young people throughout Idaho who have experienced trauma, adversity, abuse, neglect, homelessness, and loss. Your support gives kids the chance to move forward in their lives and fulfill their potential.
“We love Idaho, and we believe in taking care of our own. Idaho’s most vulnerable kids should not be sent to other states for the help they need. it’s time to support their families, help them heal here in Idaho, and allow all of our children to live up to their God-given potential.”–ROB & BETH REBHOLTZ