Dr. John Sowers, author of The Fatherless Generation: Redeeming the Story, states, “Fatherlessness is a driving force behind gangs, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse and suicide. And all too often the fatherless are either marginalized or ignored.”
Where do we see the fatherless today?
63 percent of youth suicides
71 percent of teenage pregnancies
90 percent of all homeless and runaway children
70 percent of juveniles in state operated institutions
85 percent of all youth who exhibit behavior disorders
80 percent of rapists motivated with displaced anger
71 percent of all high school dropouts
75 percent of all adolescents in chemical abuse centers
85 percent of all youth sitting in prison
Blue Sky Ranch believes there is a large, under-served population of fatherless boys age 14 and up. We feel an urgency to stand in the gap for these young men. BSR does not romanticize the experience of Hope and Healing – we know it only comes when teens learn to trust, accept love, know their self-worth, and experience freedom. This intense process requires months – even years of absolute dedication. Merle and Paul (Co-Directors of the program) share a passion to mentor young men and to recruit and train mentors. At Blue Sky Ranch we pair fatherless boys with trained male mentors and groups of boys are brought together with several men to build healthy relationships.
Boys without fathers (or responsible fathers) are missing out on key development moments on their way to becoming men. A vital key to becoming a man is understanding true masculine qualities – not those sold through the media. These attributes are faithfulness, honesty, truthfulness, accountability, knowing hard work, and being able to test strength and fortitude. At Blue Sky Ranch we are able to utilize our facility to interact with young men in many different areas. We work on the ranch, engage in projects, participate in group Equine Assisted Learning, fish in the 7-acre pond, play games on the beach, ride horses, camp,and and continually add to these recreation activities. Our BSR Basic Training Mentor Program is growing and evolving at a rapid pace.