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Idaho Youth Ranch


The Basics

Idaho Youth Ranch (IYR) is a nonprofit organization that offers a variety of services and programs for troubled youth and their families, including emergency shelter, residential care, counseling, substance abuse treatment and sober living. Located in Boise, IYR has served the community since 1953.

Accommodations and Amenities

IYR has two homes that provide shelter and residential care. The Hays Shelter is for adolescents between the ages of 10 and 18 and accommodates 12 residents for as long as services are needed (or until more permanent housing is arranged). The Ranch Campus caters to adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18 and is typically a nine-month program. The facility has six beds—three for boys and three for girls.

Both homes have shared gender-specific rooms. Each resident sleeps in a twin-sized bed and has an individual bedside table and cabinet. Common areas in both homes include a game room, a media room with TV and computers, and a kitchen that serves meals three times a day. Both the Hays and Ranch Campus grounds have ample space for play, walks and fresh air.

Rules and Regulations

Although the homes cater to different age groups, the requirements for living in them are consistent. Curfews are at 6 pm and a staff member must pre-approve all trips off the premises. Residents are also required to attend one individual therapy session per week and attend the various group sessions, which include career readiness training and independent living skills. For clients following the 12 steps, there are off-campus meetings.

IYR bases all their recovery and client support on a value system that includes personal accountability and responsibility to others, honesty and integrity, respect for human worth, building on individual strengths, persistence and perseverance, and optimizing resources.

Staff includes Master’s-level technicians and an MFT.


In addition to IYR’s safe homes and counseling services, they offer animal-assisted therapies at each home. The Ranch Campus has equine therapy with multiple horses, and Hays Shelter has a trained therapy dog on the grounds.

As a nonprofit, IYR operates 29 thrift stores around the state. Youthworks! is a six-week summer job-training program.

In Summary

IYR provides a healing environment for at-risk youth with shelter, residential care and animal therapy in addition to a structured counseling program. With an active alumni association, IYR gives young people the community and opportunity to overcome obstacles and succeed in life.

Idaho Youth Ranch
5465 W Irving St
Boise, ID 83706

Idaho Youth Ranch Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Idaho Youth Ranch by phone at (208) 377-2613 or by email at [email protected] Find Idaho Youth Ranch on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+

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