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News & Views - Dec, 1997 Issue #49

Located at Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch 
by: Loren Soft, CEO 

The Yellowstone Academy and Treatment Centers, known nationally for academic excellence, the support of family values and the ability to intervene in destructive life cycles that young people face, are expanding their continuum. 

The Yellowstone Emotional Growth Center, a special purpose emotional growth residential school program for young men ages 13 to 18, provides a safe environment of structure, positive peer leadership, academic excellence, vocational/life skills training, moral and character development based on Judeo/Christian values (The program will be expanded to include young women ages 13-18 within the next six months as the need for services dictates). The program is built on the solid foundation of 40 years of successful services to children and adolescents, and a scenic campus with easy access to Montana’s great outdoors for recreational programming that students and visiting families can enjoy. 

Students live in a comfortable group setting and attend classes at Yellowstone Academy. Fully accredited, the Yellowstone Academy provides a learning environment for those youth struggling with school (underachievers) as well as the academically gifted. An initial assessment, along with referral documents and educational history are used to place youth in academic classes appropriate for age, development, grade and skill level. Outdoor educational opportunities such as ROPES course, sports, fine arts and practical arts are emphasized to challenge students, build self-esteem and encourage learning through positive peer influence. Seasonal offerings include instruction in cross country and downhill skiing and an equestrian program. 

The length of stay may vary, however the minimum stay is one academic year. Returning the hearts of the children to their parents is a process we have seen unfold many times during the months it may take to redirect young people’s lives. The start-up date for the program is January 26, 1998. However, inquiries will be accepted beginning immediately. 

For further information, call 1-800-726-6755 or write Yellowstone Treatment Centers, 1732 South 72nd Street West, Billings, Montana 59106. 

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