Located just East of Lawrence, KS, O'Connell Youth Ranch uses a behavior modification method called the Family Teaching Model, wherein youth learn through example what it’s like to live in a family, including all the ups and downs of family life.
O’Connell gives a child a second chance and a fresh start in life. The Ranch staff often succeeds with it’s proven teaching family programs where others have failed. O’Connell prepares children for:
Staff & Teaching Parents
Our ranch staff and teaching parents have the passion, vision and expertise needed to help give a child a second chance and a new start in life. They are trained to handle behavior problems caused by neglect, school peer pressure or his own bad choices.
In the home, skills are constantly reinforced by example and role play. In a real way, this unique home seeks to help boys learn to help themselves learn to prepare for the challenging and competitive world awaiting them at maturity.
The Ranch has several opportunities for recreation including a basketball court for playing pickup games and fields for baseball and football. The Community Center is a place for residents to gather and play pool, ping pong, foosball, and more.
Milkhouse Mural Project
The Milkhouse Mural Project is an open opportunity for the young men placed at the Ranch to enact meaningful change upon their environment through the creation of a mural on the Ranch’s old Milkhouse.