Ranchers Head Back To School

The 2022-2023 school year will soon begin, and one thing is for sure, we have lots of excited boys and girls. Back to school is always an exciting time. For some of our newer Ranchers, this school year represents a fresh start. This year will be the first time they thrive in their school work. One Rancher, a boy who has called the ranch home for over 5 years, will get his diploma this year! This is all thanks to support from friends like you. Prices continue to rise: You Can Help! August 22nd we will send our Ranchers back … Continue reading

Gourmet Guru Grill Giveaway!

Grilling season is here, and we are very excited to offer another opportunity to win a beautiful new Deluxe Gourmet Guru Grill while benefiting the mission of the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches! Details: For every $10 you donate to the Ranch through this special link, you will be entered to win this Deluxe Grill from Gourmet Guru Grills. For every $25 you donate, you will receive three (3) entries. Drawing will be held on Friday, June 17, just in time for Father’s Day! The Gourmet Guru Grill comes with a handy Metal Rolling Cart, and together they retail for $948! … Continue reading

VOTE for Ranch to Receive $5,000 Difference Maker Award

In 2018, Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches received a Difference Maker Award from Rainwater Holt & Sexton for our work protecting children from violence and abuse. This year, in honor of 5 years of presenting this award to local charities, Rainwater Holt & Sexton will donate $5,000 to the charity that receives the most votes. YOU can help the Ranch receive this $5,000 donation! Just click here to vote for Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. Since 1976, the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch has raised more than 2,200 boys and girls from every corner of the state. These are children, who through no fault of their … Continue reading

There’s Still Time to Make a Difference in 2021

As we wrap up our 45th year at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches, we are grateful that you helped us accomplish BIG things in 2021! This year: More than 40 boys and girls have found a home and hope for a brighter future at the Ranch. One of our Ranchers graduated from high school a semester early and is headed to basic training in January to join the U.S. Marine Corps. Over 4,000 visitors came out to the Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch. We honored the Heflin Family at the 26th annual Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner. Many celebrated weddings and special events at the Ranch’s events … Continue reading

It’s Christmastime at the Ranch!

The Christmas season can be a difficult time for the boys and girls who live the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. Some miss their families, and for others, this may be the first time they get to experience the joy of Christmas! It is expensive to raise a child at Christmastime, especially when you are raising as many as we do at the Ranches! We ask that you consider making a special year-end gift to help meet our needs during the Christmas season. Here are some ways YOU can make Christmas merry and bright for our Ranchers: You can donate new … Continue reading

Save the Date: #GivingTuesday is November 30, 2021

What is Giving Tuesday? After Thanksgiving, #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday each year, we celebrate #GivingTuesday. This special day helps demonstrate that holidays can be about both giving and giving back.  This year, Citizens Bank will once again be matching gifts on #GivingTuesday. For every dollar donated to the ASYR on November 30th, Citizens Bank will match your contributions up to $5,000! Here are some ways YOU can help the ASYR receive the entire $5,000 matching gift from Citizens Bank on #GivingTuesday: Make an online donation by clicking here.  Text the word ranch to 26989, or call 501-940-3440 to make a gift of … Continue reading

Strong and proud: Rancher proves resiliency

Overcoming hardships Recently, Shayne, one of the children who calls the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches home, enlisted with the Marines. It was a proud moment for Shayne, his houseparents, and all Ranchers and staff members. Those proud moments feel great and look great to outsiders. But it takes a lot of work, grit, healing, and hard work to achieve those moments. It takes overcoming trauma, trials, and tough times. Shayne has had his share of those. About five years ago, Shayne moved from New York City to Arkansas. He lived with his mom and her ex-husband. Unfortunately, the situation was … Continue reading

Staff spotlight: Errica Pruden, Assistant Program Director

Celebrating 9 years with the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches On July 12, 2021, Errica Pruden celebrated nine years with the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. In May, Errica also earned her Masters of Science degree in Healthcare Administration. As Errica reflected on her career journey and time at the Ranch, she acknowledged her growth. She is not alone in acknowledging and celebrating that growth either. Her team members recently celebrated her success by throwing a surprise party for her when she graduated in May. “I’m continually looking for ways to improve myself and contribute to the Ranch’s growth, good work, and … Continue reading

Become a Houseparent

The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches is looking for loving houseparents with a heart for raising children. We are looking for both full-time and relief houseparents. Our houseparents are the primary caregivers for children who call the Ranch home. Houseparents play a vital role in our mission. They demonstrate how a healthy home functions by serving as healthy, emotionally stable parents, interacting with children, family, and friends. Some duties include: supervising children, maintaining records, keeping an orderly and clean home, and working cooperatively with Ranch staff and the other families who reside at the Ranch. Our ideal houseparent takes an active … Continue reading

Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch Announced for October

Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches 4th Annual Pumpkin Patch October 2021 After a year of cancelled events, we are excited to welcome visitors back to the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches for our 4th annual Pumpkin Patch presented by First Community Bank! Each year, our staff and children work to transform the Ranch into a fall wonderland that is fun for the whole family! This year’s Pumpkin Patch will run from October 1st to October 31. Admission is only $10 and includes one pumpkin per visitor and free access to all of these fun activities:  Barrel Train Ride Haunted Forest Hay Ride … Continue reading