In addition to our primary goal of fostering one on one relationships with mentors and youth, we will also host various group activities beyond these sessions to enrich and further support these youth and families. We will have guest speakers come out occasionally to talk on various topics we feel the youth need and want. These may include dealing with difficult relationships, steps to obtaining a GED, talks on various trades, discussions on healthy dating while the guys play Frisbee golf and the girls practice make-up application, preparing to age out of the system for foster youth, how to manage hurts and anger and many other topics we realize will come up as we listen to the needs of the kids we serve. When possible and desired these times will be spent around a campfire with song and s’mores as well in order to facilitate further relationship development and opportunities for relaxed fun away from these kids everyday issues. Like the mentoring sessions, these activities will be offered based on the youth we are serving at the time and the things that will best serve them.
Monthly Ranch Workdays – All families and individuals are invited to the Ranch on the third Saturday of each month (except none in November and December) to help with work projects, bring first time guests to learn more about the Ranch, and share a delicious catered lunch. This takes place from 9:30 – 11:30 A.M. and is a come-and-go event.
TBRI Training – Two to three times a year, Donna Freeman and our staff will conduct training for mentors, volunteers, and anyone else interested in learning the approach, Trust Based Relational Intervention.