Lolo’s Dunrovin Ranch
Launches a Youth Apprenticeship and Leadership Program
the arrival of spring, a unique opportunity is blossoming for Bitterroot and
area teens. The first session of the Dunrovin Apprenticeship for Work and
Leadership Skills (DRAWLS) program will begin in April. DRAWLS is designed to
cultivate in its participants, the qualities of valued employees and community
leaders—strong social and work skills, habits and ethics—through
horsemanship, mentoring and ranch work. DRAWLS is open to teens, ages 14 to 17
and offers three sessions throughout the spring, summer and fall.
is a really good opportunity for high school students. It will provide them with
something fun to do when they are not in school, but also give them experiences
that will help build their resume, hone their skills, make connections and
ultimately support their efforts in finding future employment,” says Jamie
Breidenbach, Dunrovin Ranch Manager.
DRAWLS session is limited to 8 participants who have applied and gained
acceptance to the program. The program presents multi-dimensional work and
leadership opportunities that include horsemanship training and games, manual
ranch tasks, ranch trail rides and helping to organize the annual Halloween
Festival—The Headless Horsemen Haunt. Participants also partner with an adult
mentor and in turn, mentor younger children involved in other Dunrovin Ranch
skills training will outline work standards and operating procedures,
familiarize participants with the proper way to perform routine ranch tasks and
discuss effective teamwork, attitudes and skills. Performance will be assessed
daily by both supervisor and participant, in relation to punctuality, focus,
follow-through, attitude, teamwork, ownership of work and taking initiative.
Adult mentors who are competent with horses and familiar with Dunrovin will
partner with participants to help them learn leadership skills and further
develop their work ethic.
Lattuga is a participating mentor, “I am really excited about being a mentor
for the DRAWLS program. This is something that I wish I had experienced as a
teen—the opportunity to work in a fun environment, learn about horses and
become more self-reliant. What an adventure, and a great way to gain important
program graduates will receive a coupon for a guided, standby, part-day trail
ride at Dunrovin Ranch. Graduates of four sessions over one or more years will
receive a certificate and a letter of recommendation to potential employers.
Dunrovin will work with the local business network to assist in connecting
program participants with potential employers. Mentors will also provide a
reference for successful program graduates.
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