Parks Youth Ranch provides emergency shelter, counseling, and life changing services to abused, at-risk and homeless children ages 7-17 in our community. Over ninety-five percent of the child residents are victims of emotional or physical trauma, and are referred to the ranch by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). The ranch sits on eight acres of land and has two fully stocked fishing ponds – providing children in crisis the therapeutic effects of nature and comforting aesthetics of a family-style ranch home.
The primary objectives of both the shelter and counseling center programs are to provide an in-depth assessment of the child's needs – as a result of recent trauma, neglect or abuse – and to develop a long-term plan of action for stability and positive life change. Parks Youth Ranch works diligently to help their child residents navigate a very complex system (DFPS), which they are in for no fault of their own, while also meeting their immediate housing, food, educational, medical, dental, and mental health needs. Additionally, Parks Youth Ranch's mentoring, tutoring, and youth enrichment classes empowers their at-risk youth to be successful, productive adults in the community.
PARKS YOUTH RANCH PROGRAMS
Mentoring Program –empowers at-risk youth to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential. Mentors help youth reach positive academic, career, and personal goals.
RISE to Success Educational Program –fosters academic success and career readiness in the lives of child residents by providing tutoring, homework assistance, literacy, math, science skills, and college and career preparation assistance.
Youth Empowerment Program – provides child residents with tools that help them initiate long-term positive change in their lives—as well as successfully navigate from adolescence to adulthood.
HealthyME Sports & Nutrition Program –helps youth develop self-confidence, optimism, initiative and healthy eating habits through safe, and therapeutic recreational activities and balanced nutritional services.