CHARIS YOUTH RANCH HOME OF NEW LIFE THOROUGHBREDS

a sanctuary for kids and horses

aka Charis Youth Ranch   |   Laporte, CO   |  www.charisyouthranch.org

Mission

A sanctuary for kids and horses

Ruling year info

2014

Founder and CEO

Ms. Tracy Cookman

Main address

Po Box 1074

Laporte, CO 80535 USA

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EIN

46-4255943

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We have experienced a lot of growth in 2018 and 2019. We now have two locations to serve youth and horses. We are working to address two needs. One is organizationally, to have solid management over each property to ensure best practices are observed in caring for the horses and optimum availability to the youth we serve through our all volunteer staff. A second need we are working to address is the need for a dedicated fundraiser/event planner. At this time, this position is being filled by the leader and a senior volunteer.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Equine Adventure Program

The EAP is a group program for kids ages 5-12 which is held during the summer months. Crafted around horsemanship and learning the horses' stories of rescue, the kids participate in foundational horsemanship instruction as well creating a horse related craft and games. Situated on 35 picturesque acres, the kids are able to get outdoors and have some fun as well as learn more about horses.

Population(s) Served

This group program is for at-risk teens ages 13-18. We collaborate with local non-profits serving kids, rehabilitation centers, church groups, and individual families. Group sizes range from 2-12 kids. We tailor our sessions to the groups’ needs while addressing each member as an individual. Our focus is safety, teaching horsemanship skills, and providing a non-judgmental,, grace filled environment which fosters open communication. The lessons promote character building and strengthen relational skills. The telling of the horses' rescue stories to our youth can be very impactful as they often mirror some aspect of the youths' traumas or wounds. On this common ground is where connection is made and healing can begin. Kids in this program absolutely love it!

Population(s) Served

This program is for kids who wish to volunteer at the ranch but are under 18 years of age. The group provides adult oversight as the kids volunteer on the ranch, such as for a feeding shift. There is scheduled riding instruction as well as a leadership and community outreach component. The kids are required to create and execute a fundraiser specific to their program. This teaches the value of teamwork, leadership and community outreach as they learn what it takes to support the horses they love as well as the ranch.

Population(s) Served

This is the horse rescue program at Charis Youth Ranch. We emphasize rescue of off the track thoroughbreds, but will take in other breeds as well. Our horses come from all over the country and locally. They are rescued from vulnerable places or surrendered to us by their caring owners. Whether they have physical, behavioral or emotional wounds, we rehabilitate them, retrain them and use them in programs for our at-risk youth. The telling of the horses' rescue stories to our youth can be very impactful as they often mirror some aspect of the childrens' traumas or wounds. On this common ground is where connection is made and healing can begin.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Business Partner of the Month 2014

The Matthews House

Larimer County Award 2016

The Group Publishing

Sustainability Award 2018

The Group Publishing

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals with freedom from hunger and thirst

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

New Life Thoroughbreds

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This includes our total number of horses each year, not including losses and additions.

Number of animals with freedom from discomfort

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

New Life Thoroughbreds

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This includes our total number horses not including losses and additions.

Number of children who have the ability to understand and comprehend communication

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Equine Adventure Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These numbers are inclusive of all youth programs, Equine Adventure, Triumph Youth and Junior Volunteers.

Total number of free admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Junior Volunteers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric relates to all three of our youth programs.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Charis Youth Ranch’s mission is to provide a sanctuary for kids and horses. We are a youth ranch and horse rescue which serves at-risk youth ages 5-18 in our community through Equine Assisted Learning programs.
Charis Youth Ranch has two locations in Fort Collins. One 35 acre property NW of town and one 15 acre property in SE Fort Collins. We provide youth programs at both properties.
Charis Youth Ranch is a safe haven for horses to heal and rehabilitate. We currently have 28 horses who come from all walks of life, from all over the country. Our horses are rescued from the slaughter pipeline. We have racehorses from off the track, auction horses purchased to save from the kill buyer as well as owner surrenders seeking a safe retirement.
Once the horses are in our care, we evaluate and rehabilitate them for use in our youth programs. Many horses will live their lives in sanctuary at the ranch. Occasionally, we adopt out to approved homes when there is a perfect match.
Charis Youth Ranch provides several different youth programs. The Equine Adventure Program is a summer program for children ages 5-12 to come out and experience the fun of the ranch while learning about horses.
The Triumph Youth Program is for at-risk teens ages 13-18. This is a structured program lasting 10 weeks, specifically created for teens dealing with trauma, abuse, neglect, drug abuse, abandonment, etc.
The Junior Volunteer Program is for teen girls ages 12-18 who love horses and want to learn more about horses and the ranch. They learn more intensive horsemanship, volunteerism and community outreach. This program runs periodically throughout the year as weather permits.
Our goal for the kids who participate in our programs is to know their worth and value, know they are loved.Through learning horsemanship skills, the youth garner valuable life skills such as communication, compassion, responsibility, self awareness. As they learn to interact with a 1200 pound horse, they gain self confidence and pride in accomplishment. By working with the horses, the kids also learn leadership. Horses give respect only when it is earned and trust only when one has shown him or herself to be a worthy leader.
One important and unique aspect of our program is that we share our horses' redemption stories. We tell why we rescued each horse, what his/her story is, why he/she was thrown away (if we know) and why we choose to value each one. We hope each youth will identify with the horses' stories in one way or another and know that as much as we value and love our horses no matter what their challenges or past may be, we love and value each child or youth more. Because we can demonstrate that we have loved the unloved, it opens the door for them to believe that we love them too. We believe that when a child or youth knows he or she is loved and accepted unconditionally, it lays the groundwork for them to continue to build healthy lives.

We currently provide several Equine Assisted Learning programs to at-risk youth in our community. We serve kids ages 5-18 and use our rescued horses in the programs. We have two locations now to serve youth and horses. Our second location has provided an excellent equine facility to increase horsemanship learning opportunities to kids as well as our volunteers. This new property also facilitates our ability to offer additional training and increased opportunities for our rescued horses to learn new skills and add value and purpose to their lives.
We are also able to invite the community into what we are doing and invite them to participate in horse shows and events at our facility.

Our ranch is supported by 35 volunteers who daily feed and care for our 28 horses, maintain the property and participate in leading and teaching the youth in our programs. We have 9 plus volunteers committed to conducting the Equine Adventure Program each summer which serves between 24-48 kids ages 5-12 for eight, three hour sessions in the month of June. 3 volunteers plus an outside instructor oversee the Junior Volunteer Program each summer. This program is 10 weeks long in the summer as well as during spring and fall as weather permits.

Our two facilities total 50 acres, pastures, paddocks, barns, stalls, an indoor arena and outdoor arena. One is located in the country and one is conveniently located in town for accessibility to our clients, supporters and volunteers.
We partner with Turning Point Youth and Family Development, The Matthews House, area churches and the local community to serve the youth and care for our horses. We are a similar ministry of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch located in Bend, Oregon.

Over the last 10 years, we have rescued 50 horses and either use them in our youth programs, give them sanctuary for life or have placed them in safe, adoptive homes. We began our youth programs 10 years ago with one or two individual sessions per month and by providing quarterly clinics for The Matthews House. We provide a yearly program for The Matthews House and have provided for 6 years consecutively a 12 week summer program for Turning Point Youth and Family Development. The staff at Turning Point saw such improvement in the kids' demeanor and attitude after attending our program twice a week all summer, that they asked us to extend the program through fall, which we did.
In 2018-2019, we have settled into our second location. This location has an indoor arena, an outdoor arena, barns and pastures which will allow us to provide programs during inclement weather. We plan to grow our community outreach through this property as well as add new dimensions to our youth programs. We plan to expand our Junior Volunteer program to grow mentorship of each youth as well as teach them new communication and leadership skills as we engage our local community through sponsored horse shows, clinics and events. This will increase awareness in the community of who we are, while inviting them to participate in what we do.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, other,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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CHARIS YOUTH RANCH HOME OF NEW LIFE THOROUGHBREDS

Board of directors
as of 3/24/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tracy Cookman

Charis Youth Ranch

Term: 2014 -

Tracy Cookman

Charis Youth Ranch and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Vicky Rath

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/08/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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