Vision & Mission

Purpose Statement:

Bringing Pure Joy to Children

Mission Statement:

Galloping Grace Youth Ranch is a place where kids lead kids while learning how to raise livestock, grow crops, explore the outdoors, and enrich the community.

Vision Statement:

We are cultivating healthy children today so they will harvest a healthy society tomorrow.

Our purpose at Galloping Grace Youth Ranch is to bring pure joy to children. We believe that children experience Pure Joy from having fun while learning, interacting, leading, and serving. No matter what changes may occur in our programs, this central purpose will always run through the heart of our mission and will be the driving force and litmus test for everything we do.

Our organization will offer and promote programs in which children are involved in raising animals, growing crops, exploring the outdoors, and enhancing the community. GGYR will function as a working, sustainable farm/ranch, where children are empowered to lead, teach, work, and play alongside others. It is our firm belief that children learn best if they enjoy what they are doing. Because of this, we will strive to infuse joy into all of our activities.

Core Values:

· Promoting Healthy Living
· Reinforcing Positive Growth & Development
· Supporting Family Involvement
· Empowering Children with Confidence
· Developing Servant Leaders
· Modeling Stewardship
· Establishing Mutual Respect
· Teaching Sustainability
· Creating Accountability
· Building Independence & Interdependence
· Encouraging Responsibility
· Shaping Citizenship

Program Development

In all that we do, we will focus on providing a joyful experience while cultivating, empowering, and educating children. Galloping Grace Youth Ranch will focus on recognized industry best practices as well as potential innovations throughout our five foundational programs: children leading children, raising livestock, outdoor play, growing crops, and enriching the community.

1. Children Leading Children.

We believe…
· Leaders are made not born
· Effective leaders lead by example
· Successful leaders display honesty, integrity, respect, humility, & compassion

We will teach children to lead by…
· Observing and assisting other children who model leadership
· Providing opportunities to gain trust through day-to-day setup and operations
· Moving through stages of increased responsibility & mentoring younger children
· Involving children in all areas of organizational planning
· Empowering them to facilitate and teach groups of children
· Serving others

2. Raising Livestock

We believe…
· Livestock provide a unique educational environment
· The interaction between children and animals is therapeutic
· Animals contribute to a healthy, exciting, and sustainable society
· There is a disconnect between our food and where it comes from

Raising livestock will teach children…
· Selflessness and compassion, by caring for and meeting the animals needs
· They are loved, many animals sole purpose will be for cuddling and playing
· Respect and interdependence, how animals provide food & fiber for a community
· Industry recognized best practices for raising healthy livestock

3. Growing Crops

We believe…
· There is a disconnect between our food and where it comes from
· Exposure to different fruits and vegetables will encourage healthy eating habits
· Farming knowledge is important for a sustainable society

Growing crops will teach children…
· The symbiotic relationship between animals, compost, bugs, fish, and plants
· Sustainability and how the sun and wind can produce renewable energy
· Patience and diligence while attending to the growth cycle
· There are many different fruits and vegetables, all having different tastes & textures

4. Exploring the Outdoors

We believe…
· Interacting with nature sparks imagination
· Outdoor play produces all around healthier children
· Simplicity inspires creativity

Exploring the outdoors will teach children…
· To be active, a natural park will encourage running, climbing, jumping & digging
· Innovation and problem solving through building with natural materials
· Social skills through role-play and group activities
· Appreciation of nature by encouraging involvement with their environment

5. Enriching the Community

We believe…
· It is better to “teach a child to fish” because he will teach countless others
· To transform our society we must focus on our children
· The contagious joy of a child can change a community
· Teaching children is more effective than trying to change adults

Enriching the community will teach children…
· Confidence as they educate others about what they accomplished and learned
· How to “go to market” by creating a mutually beneficially & valuable exchange
· Compassion by acting as philanthropic ambassadors
· Joy through sharing a portion of the fruits of their labor with those in need
· A sense-of-community by promoting New Mexico farmers and by supporting locally grown, healthy food, and fiber.

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