Since the inception of the Ranch, the special needs community has expressed interest in social and recreational activities for their loved ones. After sharing our ideas of a work skills activity for young adults, we received an overwhelming response from the community.
This program has a limited number of young adults participating in projects one morning a week. Activities include general barn management, horse care and safety, property maintenance, machinery care and nature activities. These activities provide many opportunities to raise educational achievement and increase physical movement through our outdoor work and learn assignments. Participation has shown an increase in responsibility, teamwork and accountability. Parents have seen a tremendous increase in communication skills, self-esteem and confidence levels. Educators have noticed their students overcoming fears, mastering fine motor skills and showing a genuine interest in trying new activities. These skills are carried forward and participants are able to transfer their newfound skills into other aspects of their lives, thus empowering them to do more.