[Since this New Perspective was written there have been some changes:Marv Forsythe, is the new Admissions Director, and the program now accepts both boys and girls, ages 7-17.]
Spirit Dance Youth Services is a residential treatment facility for troubled boys ages 8-17 and girls ages 14-17. The program also operates the Ghost Dance Ranch that occupies 100 acres in the Fishlake National Forest. Spirit Dance accepts students with depression, drug or alcohol abuse, eating disorders, oppositional defiance, self mutilation, ADHD, sexual addictions, etc.
The Spirit Dance program follows basic Judeo-Christian beliefs with Native American precepts that are designed to change lives through action. The program is built on the basic ideals and Native American values that include courage, fortitude, generosity, wisdom, kindness and service. Spirit Dance not only teaches these values to their students, but they also require that these values be lived and exemplified by every employee.
The academic component of the program offers online courses through the Whitmore School diploma program at CompuHigh, which is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement and the Commission on International, and Trans-Regional Accreditation.
Spirit Dance offers an equine program which allows students the opportunity to experience the birth of a foal and to bond with and care for the foal during their stay at the ranch. In addition to the equine program, students participate in all facets of a working ranch and are exposed to character-building outdoor activities. These include repelling the red rock canyons, survival training and wilderness experiences in both the mountains and deserts of southern Utah.
Editors Note: The information used in this New Perspective was gathered from the Spirit Dance Youth Services website.