Bright Side Youth Ranch inspires the next generation towards hope by pairing hurting kids with adult mentors and horses for equine mentoring sessions. We serve children and teens, ages 8 to 18 years old, that are experiencing crisis, trauma, are feeling overwhelmed by their emotions or problems, and dealing with ongoing and current life challenges. Those can include anxiety, depression, anger, abuse, neglect, loss/grief, self-harm, behavioral issues, chronic illness, living in a high-risk environment, or any combination. We help each child process their pain and emotions in a healthy way and point them towards hope and healing. We wholeheartedly believe that every child needs an additional outside voice in their lives to offer support, share love, and speak truth. Since each child is a unique individual, every 60 to 90 minute session flexes to meet the need of each child.
- We serve students in the Metrolina area by offering a safe place for them to be known, loved and inspired.
- We provide at-risk youth from the Charlotte area the opportunity to be mentored by adults who care for them and want to see them succeed.
- Currently nearly all of the students in our session program live in Mecklenburg and York counties.