Running Toward a Better Future When Dan Miner was in high school, he ran on the track and cross country team. He was never very good at it, but that didn’t matter to Dan. What mattered was that running gave him a chance to clear his head. Not only that, being on the track team…

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Variety Show Allows Students to Learn About Themselves by Pretending to Be Someone Else During Parents Days at Discovery Ranch for Boys in February, the young men performed the musical “Newsies” for their parents. The performance represented weeks of dedicated practice in which this diverse group of boys learned to work together. For many of…

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Learning to Play Basketball Helps Prepare Boys for Success in Life Cole Archuleta has worked at Discovery Ranch for Boys for almost three years. For most of that time, he has helped with coaching sports. Cole has a lot of experience with sports. Outside the ranch, Cole coaches a high school football team, a little…

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Wrestling with Challenges   As a school for troubled youths, most of the students have already confronted their share of critics before they walk through the doors of Discovery Ranch for Boys (DRB). Many of our students’ worst critics are themselves. Their past experiences and failures make them hesitant to try difficult or new things.…

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Equine Therapy   If your rebellious teen is struggling to find the path to a healthy life, it might be about time to put him on a horse. Literally. Equine Therapy has remarkable success in helping troubled youths saddle up and take charge of the challenges that they face in their daily lives. Part of…

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Internet Addiction   The internet can be a valuable tool that allows people to expand their world. For some troubled teens, the internet can become a way of escaping the real world. Internet use can even become an addiction. A growing body of research suggests that internet addiction is not only real, but it also…

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)   While not every troubled teen has a troubled history, traumatic events that happened during childhood do affect a child’s developing brain and contribute to the type of teen that the child will become. Because Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) significantly affect the way that people grow and develop, exposure to ACE…

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Students at Discovery Ranch follow the Discovery Academy Model of Competency-based Education.   Seat-time Based Versus Competency-Based Education When teens have problems, the problems can affect their school performance. Many teens struggle or get lost in traditional, seat-time based classrooms. That is why Discovery Ranch for Boys (DRB) handles school differently. DRB focuses on what…

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Dorothy Ah Quin always knew that she wanted to help people. She began her career as a high school teacher, where she taught history and special education. While still teaching, Dorothy earned Masters of Art in Educational Counseling, and shortly after her Clinical Mental Health License. She continued to teach for several years after completing…

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