Tell me about your child. Aren’t they just perfect, getting the highest grades, college in mind with a promising career? Are they not a shining light in doing nothing but good with the best sort of friends who read Shakespeare and poetry?
I hope not! Truth is kids have a lot to deal with out there and need all the help they can get. I highly recommend Whispering Canyons Foundation. Are daughter was really good, she hadn’t done anything wrong. We were low income do to health problems and we were offered for her to attend. There are skills that she could only learn there. She profited in learning from Mr. Gould and not just us as parents, she learned responsibility being responsible to care, learn, and tend to a caring animal. In riding there was opportunity for education, scholarship, and above all else responsibility. This brought on the excellent chance for maturity that she could not get anywhere else.
We are a low income family due to a sudden accident causing disability. Mr. Gould heard of our situation and took our young teenage daughter under his arm. He taught her the benefit of hard work and the gratification it brings. She was around other young ladies who are going through hard times. For all the months she was there the workers and volunteers didn't so much as raise their voice at her or anyone there. They would state the responsibilities and teach these wonderful youth how to do the work with love and patience.
Our daughter was to govern her horse and gained a relationship with her for all time. She was taught how to act around her horse. To care for her in feeding, brushing, caring. She was supervised and taught to ride in under a week. From that time on she worked toward competitions. The same training lead some of her friends to win all the way to college scholarships. The lessons my daughter learned can't have a price. We are thankful for the help and love they showed to her and she loved every minute of what she got out of it.
I hooked up with Whispering Canyons Foundation when we were helping a neighboring foster child make it to the facility to ride. Within a short period of time I realized that I had found something very special. I have been a volunteer now for almost 2 years and have watched the staff and trainers work with many under-privileged and what would be considered "at risk" teens. I have seen lives changed. And that's enough to give any non-profit a great rating. Whispering Canyons is a pretty small foundation with a big desire to grow and I would highly recommend it as a place to volunteer or to donate.