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.
Recreation is designed to address physical, mental, and emotional needs, not just to pass the time or provide entertainment. The benefits include emotional release, fitness, teamwork, building good relationships, and having fun.
The Milkhouse Mural Project is an open opportunity for the young men placed at the O’Connell Youth Ranch to enact meaningful change upon their environment through the creation of a mural. Through art and collaboration, our young men will create a personal connection with the Lawrence community as well as leave behind a message of safety, hope and positive change for future residents.