Brush Creek Youth Ranch is a 915-acre working ranch in beautiful Northeastern Oklahoma. Our facility is a 12-15 month residential program accredited by Teen Challenge USA. The Cross Christian Academy is our private, accredited, year-round school that the boys attend while at Brush Creek. Our program offers a very structured environment to help foster growth in each of our student’s lives. We use a level system to help teach the students appreciation, gratitude, responsibility, submission to authority, self-control, leadership, time-management, and a strong work ethic. The first levels are very controlled but as the students improve and progress, they are awarded higher levels. The higher levels allow for more privileges, freedom and responsibilities.
During a student’s stay at Brush Creek, each student will be introduced to various vocational skills such as: welding, basic carpentry, plumbing, lawn care, fence repair & building, livestock care, and other ranch duties. The students are also involved with various community service projects. This aspect of the program is used to assist the students in building a strong work ethic to enable them to be successful in their communities, families and future careers.
The key to the success of Teen Challenge is the spiritual component. Brush Creek students attend daily classes where they are taught Teen Challenge curriculum. Class topics include Anger & Personal Rights, Successful Christian Living and Growing Through Failure as well as many other character-building subjects. The students attend a local church on Sunday and attend chapels throughout the week. Each student is required to complete contracts that address specific issues the student may be struggling with in his life.
Brush Creek staff and Administration are committed to ensuring that students understand God’s love, forgiveness and His ability to restore relationships. Our staff is deeply involved in the mentorship of students on a daily basis. Each student is assigned a staff advisor to meet with regularly to discuss needs, goals and areas of personal growth. The relationships built through this process continue throughout their stay at the ranch and beyond. Staff advisors also stay in contact with parents on a weekly basis in order to keep them updated and involved in the process.
The goal of Brush Creek is to help students establish and grow in a relationship with God. Students are encouraged to learn how to make good boundaries and choices in life as well as learning self-discipline. We believe that through the commitment of staff, the structured and loving environment, and most of all Jesus Christ, that Brush Creek is Where Change Happens!
Warning Signs To Look for in Your Teenager:
- Major changes in his mood or he is easily angered when he wasn’t in the past.
- Negative changes in family relationships (everyone is walking around on pins and needles)
- Grades declining, skipping school (when he previously liked school)
- New friends that are not the best influence and abandoning the better influences
- Trouble with the law or expulsion from school
- Disrespectful to authority
- Loss of direction in life or extreme risk-taking
- No longer enjoys the wholesome things like quits sports, hobbies.
- Spending a great deal of time alone when home, isolates self.
- Participation in theft or illegal activities
- No longer caring what his parents think or that he will be punished.
As a parent, you should realize how important it is to identify these warning signs as soon as possible. The earlier problems are seen, the greater the chance to overcome them. The longer they go on (they won’t correct themselves) the harder it will be to turn it around.
As you begin to see these signs in your son, a plan can be developed to intervene. Sometimes this begins with counseling, but it may lead to placement at a center like Brush Creek for a time. Without identifying the warning signs early, the later choice is usually what becomes necessary. For several reasons, you might be at that point now and we are here to help identify what direction you might have to take to get your son the help he needs to overcome his life controlling issues.
What We Consider Success Here at Brush Creek
Success of a student can be defined in many ways. In fact each parent or family might have a different goal for their son because each student is unique in personality and each family has different dynamics and goals. Success here comes in many ways but we have goals for each student and things that we like each student to achieve while they are here.
We strive to instill character into each student. Personal responsibility is the character quality that we work to be a foundational quality in the student’s life change. Integrity, honesty and trustworthiness are also expected in every student.
As the student grows here at Brush Creek, we see positive change in personal relationships because of the character changes taking place in his life. Servant leadership is the key to this. Relationships with peers become non-competitive and an attitude of serving takes over. Families become more appreciated by the student and the importance of having a quality relationship with parents is realized.
Through teaching leadership from the perspective of servanthood, authority is seen in a different perspective by the student. When a student discovers Godly leadership, he no longer has to fear those in charge. He has experienced being in a leaders role and comes to understand the importance of respecting those in authority and the difficult position they hold.
Setting goals for the future is a dream of every parent. Goals help to give fuel to the fire of achievement. Every young person is unique. Some will become mechanics, plumbers, HVAC repairmen and some will need college degrees to reach their careers as physicians, IT specialist, lawyers, counselors and teachers.
Brush Creek does everything possible to prepare our students to both set and to achieve their life goals. Discussing life after Teen Challenge begins on day one of being here. Some students know what they want when they get here and some, of course, do not. Graduates of Brush Creek go on to be successful in many areas. Our graduates include members of the U.S. military, college graduates, chefs, business owners, construction managers, successful college students, husbands and fathers.