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Posted: Jul 6, 2007, 09:49

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Powell, Wyoming
Gael Carter

Heart Mountain New Beginnings, a family-style youth home for boys between the ages of 13 and 17, is a non-denominational Christian program. They accept young men struggling with low self esteem, academic problems and grief or loss issues, may have audio/ visual addictions including: Internet, video games, music or pornography, adoption issues or substance abuse.

This program features experiential learning on a working ranch. Based on a 6-tier program, boys gain privileges and responsibilities after the completion of each tier. The equine program works in tandem with the tier program: whereas the boys' involvement with the horses ranges from assisting in the daily care (first tier) to eventually riding them (the top tier). Working with two separate schooling programs, the Shoshone Learning Center and BYU Independent Study, academics are supervised at the youth home.

For recreational activities, the boys have their choice of fishing, camping, horseback riding and snow play. Community service and daily chores are an integral piece of the program, as well as participating in USA wrestling during the winter months.


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