J Bar J Boy’s
O’ Dell – Program Director
J Bar J Boy’s Ranch is a therapeutic boarding school for
young male offenders ages 13-18, offering an alternative
to placement in a state facility. As a sub-contractor to
the Oregon Youth Authority, the Ranch also serves boys who
are ordered by the court to complete a rehabilitation program.
“J Bar J Boy’s Ranch takes limited private placement students.
The profile of an appropriate student would include the following:
out of parental control, truant or suspended from school,
may be drug or alcohol involved, and a risk of or involved
with the court system. The balance of the current population
may include adjudicated male youth and some sex offenders.”
At the Ranch, individual accountability and personal growth
are stressed in order to help these young men to understand
the origins of their irresponsible behavior and provide mechanisms
for them to “view the world rationally” while enhancing their
self-esteem and personal power.
J Bar J Boy’s Ranch’s highly structured environment balances
both social and academic performance. An accredited on-campus
school works with the boys to meet the goal of success in
the public school system. Treatment duration averages nine-twelve
J Bar J Boy’s Ranch is a division of J Bar J Youth Services,
which is also the parent organization for The Academy at
Sisters, Sky Lakes Shelter and Evaluation, Cascade Youth
and Family Services, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central
Oregon. The Ranch is licensed by the Oregon Department of
Human Resources, accredited by the Northwest Association
of Schools and Colleges, and registered as an alternative
school with the Oregon Department of Education.