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Cal Farley's Boys Ranch residents and alumni share their experiences

10th annual Boys Ranch cardboard boat races

10th annual Boys Ranch cardboard boat races

Today was the 10th annual cardboard boat races at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. Hosted each summer by Cal Farley’s Adventure Program, the cardboard boat races give Cal Farley’s residents a chance to learn teamwork, express and build out-of-the-box (pun intended) thinking and, of course, to be cheered on by their peers and mentors on the Boys…

Justin: A place where he can let go …

Justin: A place where he can let go …

Justin knew he had a problem. For as long as he could recall, he’d been unable to control his emotions, especially anger. “People would tell me I need to stop,” he said, “but I’d tell them ‘I know I need to stop. I can’t stop.’” As a young child, the modest teen of 14 with…

Kato: ‘I’m going  to do something positive’

Kato: ‘I’m going to do something positive’

“ I love it. It’s everything I thought it would be. A year into their chosen career, many young people are still finding their way, figuring out where they fit in life or even reassessing their plans. But, that’s not the case for Kavoza, or “Kato” as his friends call him. The 2012 Cal Farley’s graduate…

Community-as-lab

Community-as-lab

CAN AN ENTIRE COMMUNITY BE A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT? In 2010, Cal Farley’s staff pondered how residents could extend science and arts learning outside the classroom. As they heal emotional wounds, youth also could develop hands-on skills to use in their future lives. The result was the development of the Community-as-Lab program. “Community-as-Lab is an effort…

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