Empowering Youth Leadership

Saddle Up for Leadership: Empowering Youth with Ranch Skills and Cowboy Grit

Saddle Up for Leadership: Empowering Youth with Ranch Skills and Cowboy Grit

Embark on the trail to leadership with our Empowering Youth Leadership Program, where 6th-12th graders saddle up for an immersive journey of skill-building at Graceful Oaks Ranch. From May to August, our cowboys and cowgirls will learn the ropes of ranch care, horse training, and event planning, all while fostering a spirit of community service and a deep bond with nature. The grand finale? A hoedown-style Family Fun Night organized and led by our young ranchers, marking their growth into confident leaders of the herd

  • Ranch Management
  • Animal Care
  • Preparing Horses for Ministry
  • Basic Horseback Riding skills in Arena
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Project Management
  • Attention to detail
  • Working as a team
  • Public Speaking
  • Mentorship
  • Building Projects
  • Event Planning
  • Serving Others

Students will put their skills to work through planning and leading!

Family Fun Nights- An event where families get together, laugh together, and play together. These are wonderful opportunities for families to connect with other families in the community, play games and experience the Ranch.

Community Events- Participants learn the importance of civic involvement through participation in public events.

Students who complete a minimum of twenty Ranch Care Hours during the session, serve at two community events and attend ten Empowering Youth Leadership Training sessions will receive a letter of recommendation and certificate of completion. In addition, the students will be recognized at our Family Fun Night event at the end of the summer, highlighting the skills they learned throughout the season.

Program tuition is $365.00 for one child, $310.00 for each additional child.
Tuition includes book material and a t-shirt.

May 30th through August 18th
Tuesdays 6 PM to 8 PM – Leadership Training
Thursdays 6 PM to 8 PM – Ranch Care
Family Fun Nights 6 PM to 8 PM – 23rd of June, the 28th of July, and 18th of August

Come join us! Please complete an application for the Empowering Youth Leadership Program or contact eylp@goyr.org for more information!!

Empowering Youth Leadership Application

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Emergency Contact(Required)
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I understand each participant of this program respects all participants, cares for the Ranch and Animals, and encourages others as they grow in serving.(Required)
I understand the commitment to participate in Empowering Youth Leadership Program, and will be able to meet the requirements of leadership trainings, Ranch care hours, and serving during community events at Graceful Oaks.(Required)