This is the founding philosophy of Gallant Chance Ranch which takes a very practical approach to helping troubled teenage boys find a path to happiness and a more successful future.
Teaching teens their ABC's
We've noticed that the majority of our students struggle in multiple academic areas. Our goal is to fix that. For most high school students, this is the area where their confidence drops, they stop trying, and their attitudes begin to change for the worse. Raise your hand if you were that kid in that sat at the kitchen table until 10:00pm crying or getting unbelievably frustrated because you didn't understand your homework? Raise your hand if you were that kid in class that would never raise your hand or had an intense fear of being called on because you didn't know the answer or you were afraid of being wrong? Raise your hand if you just stopped trying all together?
We noticed that this was an issue that needed to be addressed when one of our GCR students had Development Director and mentor, Stephannie proof read a powerpoint presentation. Never mind the grammatical errors, but the spelling. This student is a sophomore and has the spelling level of an eighth grader. This raised some major red flags, and each student admitted to failing in some of their classes.
GCR now holds an academic hour at every GCR session. This is an opportunity for students to get the academic help, and tools they need to get their homework done. One of our students expressed to us, that the majority of his math homework is online and he doesn't have internet at home, which put him way behind in the class. Fortunately, now that we've added this academic hour, he has access to a computer and internet to complete his homework and get caught up.
Most kids today, hate school. They're bored and have zero interest or concept of what's going on in the world. Sometimes, we have discussions about real world issues, topics they do and don't support and why. We challenge them to start using their minds and to start thinking critically, and why it's so important. Not every kid will fall in love with school, but our goal is to get them to fall in love with learning.
Many of our students come from rough backgrounds and less than ideal circumstances. GCR is a place for them to be vulnerable, to crumble if they must, knowing that they have a group of people who support them and empower them through any obstacle they're faced with. They've created a brotherhood, a sense of belonging, which is something most of them don't get from home. This also teaches them the importance of accountability and we see it happening in every meeting. They're not afraid to call each other out, which holds more significance, than if it came from a volunteer. This is also where the Cowboy Ethics curriculum comes into effect. They've adopted a creed and have begun putting it to use in their personal lives, which is the ultimate goal.
During Phases II and III of our program, students learn the value of hard work through ranch work projects for locals in the Gallatin Valley, as well as participating in fundraising events for GCR. This is where their attitudes, and mindsets are put to the test. Instilling a sense of community and civic responsibility is the perfect opportunity for character development. Our goal is to get them in the right mindset and train new skill sets, so that they may be better prepared for the workforce. Nothing will teach you commitment, compassion, discipline, teamwork, and the importance of a good attitude like doing something for someone who could never repay you, or couldn't have done it without you.
"You have never really lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you."
If you, or someone you know needs help on their ranch or family farm this summer, please contact Development Director, Stephannie at: firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule!