What we do
Bright Side Youth Ranch serves children and teens ages 8-18 years old that are experiencing crisis, both ongoing and current life challenges. Those can range from anxiety, depression, anger, abuse, trauma, neglect, loss, self-harm, behavioral issues, chronic illness, to living in a high-risk environment, or any combination of above.
Bright Side offers One-on-One Mentoring Sessions for children and teens in crisis and group experiences we call Round Ups for any group of children and teens. Both of these programs, seasonally run, seek to meet the needs of the community in unique ways.
When we invest in the lives of children and teens, we have the opportunity to impact their future. What is packed into their hearts now is what they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Through the mentoring sessions, we can give children and teens someone who cares, and we can love them before they love themselves.
One-on-one Sessions at Bright Side are an opportunity for kids to discover the Hope of Jesus Christ, work through their life challenges with a caring mentor, and build trust through a connection with a horse. Every child that comes to Bright Side is unique, and so our mentoring sessions are individualized experiences.
Session may include:
A ranch chore
Basic horse care
Round Pen Natural Horsemanship
Fun activities and games
Experiencing life crisis
Must want to participate
Must be mentally, physically, and emotionally able to relate
A Round Up is a ranch experience for any group of children and teens, which can vary from youth groups, group homes to school groups.
Round Up* may include:
Service Project (a ranch chore)
Round Pen Experience (grooming and then painting a horse)
*The Round Pen Experience is always part of a Round Up, and you may choose either or both the Service Project, and/or Fishing
We hold Round Ups on Saturdays from 10 am until 12 pm. We do not provide lunch, however, your group is welcome to bring a sack lunch or have someone bring lunch to your group to enjoy at our picnic area.
Ages 8 to 18
Closed toed shoes
Completed Release Form
An adult chaperone for every 8 kids and teens to stay on the property with the group
There is no charge for a Round Up for your group, however, we do ask that you make a suggested donation of $5 per child or teen.