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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Four Ways Spending Time in Nature Helps People Feel Better   A research study of more than 9,000 young people between the ages of 12 and 18 showed that the young people who live close to nature demonstrate fewer symptoms of depression than those who do not. For the people who work at Discovery Ranch…

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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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Types of Stress and How to Cope with Them   Stress seems to be ever-present. Most people have experienced the way that stress could lead to a sick stomach or a sleepless night. The effects of stress can be especially challenging for young people whose brains are still developing. There are three distinct types of…

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Halloween     A Feeling of Shared Celebration   If you visited Discovery Ranch (DR), on October 31st, then you would have seen three women dressed as bandits bent over the table, whispering conspiratorially. They were not planning their next heist. They were talking about giving things away. Specifically, they were talking about giving away…

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