Equine Youth Challenge
"Kelly has a lot of patience and is very kind with my daughter, Ashley, who has special needs. My daughter's confidence has increased significantly from riding horses and working with Kelly."
Making a difference in the lives of youth with challenges
Most parents would admit that growing up today is fraught with challenges and complexities that we never faced. Most youth make a successful transition to adult life, but a staggering number (1 out of every 8 youth) are struggling profoundly or not making it at all.
For the past five years, Kelly has been working with the Together We Can Foundation (a regional 501-C3 non profit agency dedicated to improving outcomes for at-risk youth in transition to adult life and the workforce) by providing an opportunity for youth with a variety of life challenges to work with horses: learning to care for, train, and ride them.
Personal experience and testimonials from parents, social workers, and youth themselves suggest that working with horses builds self-confidence, enhances communication skills and problem-solving, and increases empathy and personal responsibility.
Sessions can be scheduled individually or in small groups. The Together We Can Foundation, through their Smart Transitions Initiative, provides scholarships to Kelly's Equine Youth Challenge program for youth with a variety of life challenges, including foster care youth, and youth with developmental or academic challenges.
The Equine Youth Challenge is a private program open to youth only through Windhorse Path at Timberline Ranch, LLC in Smithfield, Virginia. Tuition is covered by the Together We Can Foundation's Smart Transitions Initiative. These are individual and small group sessions. This is not therapy or a substitute for therapy, but may supplement therapeutic care.
If you are a parent, social worker, therapist or teacher who knows a youth that might benefit from being part of the Equine Youth Challenge Program, contact Kelly at 757-472-4722 or using the contact form below.