What is a Session?


A session consists of one student working with one leader and one horse, using the principals of horsemanship to help the student build self-esteem and leadership skills. Working with horses instills quiet confidence that equips the students to overcome obstacles they come against at home and in school.


We will work hand in hand with the child's family and care team to design each session uniquely for each child who comes to visit. Sessions last an hour and a half and consist of doing a 20-minute chore to help around the ranch before working with the horses. Parents may remain on the property during the session, but we request that you please do not hover over your child while we work with them.

Sessions are held weekly for 7-week rounds at either 3:30 or 5:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Students are welcome to apply for multiple rounds.

Session sets for the 2020 season are as follows:

Set 1 is held May 4-June 19

Set 2 is held June 22- July 31

Set 3 is held Aug. 10- Sept. 25

Who Qualifies?

Due to COVID-19, we are WAIVING our previous qualifications! Any child may attend!

Hope Lives Youth Ranch provides trauma-informed mentoring sessions to children who have had Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) between the ages of 8-18. Children who are under the age of 8 may be admitted on a case-by-case basis. A $140 donation is recommended to cover the cost of each 7-week set but is not mandatory. 

How do I sign up?

Please fill out a student application form found below and email a copy to Once you have submitted your application, we will contact you and schedule a time slot that works for your family.

Hope Lives Youth Ranch is a registered 501(c)3 located in Monticello, IL

Tel. 309-339-1641  I  I   976 E 2250 North Rd Monticello, IL

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