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Idaho Youth Ranch Inc

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Causes: Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Education, Foster Care, Mental Health, Rehabilitation Services for Offenders, Residential Mental Health Treatment, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: The idaho youth ranch provides troubled children a bridge to a valued, responsible and productive future. We are a catalyst for positive change.

Programs: Social enterprise: idaho youth ranch (iyr) owns and operates 29 thrift stores, online book and collectible divisions, and a vehicle sales lot. These locations sell and/or recycle clothing, vehicles and other non-cash goods donated by the public to fund therapeutic programs for at-risk idaho youth and their families. Stores serve as job training sites for iyr's youthworks! Program. Stores include a ranch readers program, which has given over 150,000 free books and incentives for reading them to idaho children. Iyr social enterprise recycles donated goods that cannot be sold, helping reduce the volume of waste entering public landfills in idaho's communities.

residential: iyr operates three residential facilities that house youth between the ages of 8 and 18 who are at-risk due to abuse, neglect, family conflict, and/or abandonment; or youth who are struggling with dangerous behavior, or conflicts at school or home. Services provided at each program are tailored to meet each child's unique situation and may include animal assisted therapy, behavioral therapy, functional family therapy, service learning, educational recovery, life skill development and service learning. Reintegration services and ongoing access to therapy are a key part of finishing the job as youth are brought back into their homes.

community services: iyr provides youth and family therapy in both north idaho and in southwest idaho. Iyr's therapy is targeted to at-risk youth and uses the most comprehensive and effective therapy to put them back on a path to a promising future. Blending three proven results based therapies; functional family therapy, eagala - equine therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy the idaho youth ranch provides a proven treatment model unavailable anywhere else in idaho. Iyr's adoption services program in northern idaho offers a full range of services including placement of infants, special-needs adoption, home studies and post-placement supervision, international and interstate adoption, and non-agency adoption. Since 1983, iyr has practiced an "open adoption" philosophy, helping facilitate collaboration and cooperation between birth parents and adoptive parents over the child's lifetime, to the greatest extent possible.

workforce development: launched in march 2013, youthworks! Is a comprehensive job training and job placement program created to help disadvantaged youth people ages 6-22 develop the skills they need to find and keep meaningful employment. This newest iyr program includes classroom instruction, job placement, one-on-one mentoring, and oversight.

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