Students at Yellowstone Academy got a fun surprise on their last day of classes, just in time for their summer break: new kick-balls, footballs, soccer balls, Frisbees, Bean-Bag-Toss, sidewalk chalk, bubbles and other outdoor sports equipment and games. The items were all donated by 10-year old Kale Izzat who raised $300 through friends and family to help Yellowstone kids have some healthy, active summer fun.
This is Kale’s second year fund-raising for Yellowstone Academy, helping out last year with the purchase of school supplies. YA kids spent the afternoon out on the lawns trying out the new equipment and playing together with Kale, his mom, Terri, school staff and administration. Billings Best Yogurt donated frozen treats for everyone. Kale’s thoughtfulness and generosity are an inspiration to us all!
Child abuse and neglect in Yellowstone County is on the rise with 300 new cases reported already this year. Addressing the issues contributing to this startling statistic were panelists and guests of the recent Yellowstone Conference held on the campus of Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch. The annual Montana youth-centered conference focused on systems and solutions for the foster-care crisis, trauma-informed care, overcoming obstacles and collaborating for outcomes.
For more on the Yellowstone Conference, please read the Billings Gazette story.
It’s that time of year again when Yellowstone asks for your help as we provide basic school supplies for Yellowstone Academy students and every child receiving YBGR Community Based Services. But sometimes, a child needs more than a backpack and new pencils. Imagine being a 13-year old girl and facing your first day of school without any hair!
Please take a moment to read Jackie’s story. Due to a medical condition, Jackie is bald. But she is going to school this year with a beautiful new wig, new clothes and school supplies. Because of Yellowstone, Jackie will be less worried about her appearance and able to concentrate on her studies.
Thanks to strong donor support, Yellowstone can help needy boys and girls prepare for school. Thank you for giving generously this school year!
Here’s a photo roundup of recent summer activities on and off the YBGR campus.
The Wrangler Newsletter’s Summer Edition is online now!
– Meet Cade and follow his story from a 9-year old entering YBGR Therapeutic Foster Care to successful high school graduate.
– See our photo tribute to all the Yellowstone Academy Graduates.
– It’s growing season, and we have an update on the YBGR Farm-to-Table kitchen and the new trees recently planted in the orchard.
– Don’t miss the good news: Yellowstone Gift Annuity Rates are on the Rise! Download a free copy of our Yellowstone Gift Annuity information brief here.
The Wrangler publication reports on the direct working relationship of the Ranch with children and the Foundation’s activities in fundraising for the benefit of at-risk youth.
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The Tom and Joan Scott Medical Clinic on the YBGR main campus reopened after substantial renovations and upgrades were completed this spring. The exam rooms, offices, reception area and conference space all received a facelift. The clinic features a new layout and freshly built sick rooms that allow youth with minor illnesses to recover in a medical environment.
Special thanks to our donors who made these improvements possible:
-Tom and Joan Scott
-Fortin Foundation of Florida
-The William and Margaret Wallace Foundation
-Studer Family Donor Advised Fund