With the backdrop of a clean, healthy rural setting O’Connell Youth Ranch provides a structured, loving home life for young men ages 6 to 18. Staff are trained to handle each of the reasons a young man may have been placed at the Ranch and to help young men succeed with its teaching program.
Our goal is to prepare each young man for living in less restrictive environments or successfully on their own. We also aim to prepare them to be positive contributing Kansans!
How We Help
We provide a nurturing setting with staff that live in most of our homes. There are 3 homes with each home housing 8 young men ages 6-18.
In the home, skills are constantly reinforced by example. In a real way, this unique home setting seeks to help young men learn to help themselves and learn to prepare for the challenging and competitive world awaiting them.
The following skills are taught:
Accept responsibility for behavior, anger management, and following directions. Also respecting authority and peer relationships.
Planning ahead, study skills, and college search and preparation (SAT and ACT prep, FAFSA/Grants/Scholarships applications work).
Independent Living Skills
Money management and Savings accounts, employment opportunities, drivers ed, apartment hunting, and community involvement.
Eye contact, body posture and voice tone.
Daily Living Skills
Housekeeping, laundry and cooking.
Our young men attend Prairie Park Elementary, Billy Mills Middle School and Lawrence High School.
Young men are allowed the opportunity for extra curricular activities with transportation provided when needed in school and in the community.
Community Treatment Services therapists come to OYR to provide individual, family and group therapy sessions as needed (Bird House Project, anger management, social skills).
Young men receive drug and alcohol services through Integrated Treatment Services in Lawrence.
Each home is supported by a case coordinator and each young man has an Individualized Program Plan to encourage them through their journey to completion of their stay.
Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center – For mental health needs (medication evaluations and other mental health needs).