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Welcome to O'Connell Youth Ranch

Located just East of Lawrence, KS, O’Connell Youth Ranch (OYR) uses teaching programs wherein youth learn through example, role play, and teaching interactions. Since our start thousands of young men have been placed in this nurturing environment where they find safety, stability, love and structure. OYR prepares children for:

  • Foster Care
  • Adoption
  • Reintegration back with their families
  • A time when they must support themselves

The impact of the services provided by this program touches rural Kansas as well as communities in cities and the suburbs.

Staff & Services

Staff & House Leaders

Our ranch staff and house leaders have the passion, vision and expertise needed to help in life. They are trained to handle trauma caused by abuse, negative school experiences, peer pressure or difficulty from life circumstances.

Family Setting

In the home skills are constantly reinforced. In a real way this unique home setting seeks to help young men learn to help themselves prepare for the challenging and competitive world awaiting them.

Recreational Opportunities

The Ranch has several opportunities for recreation including a basketball court for playing pickup games and fields for baseball and football. Each home has a place for residents to gather and play pool, ping pong, foosball, and more.

Recent News

Front page of O'Connell Youth Ranch September 2021 newsletter