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Access And Opportunities

Access and Opportunities for Underserved Girls

We collaborate with local, referral community partners who identify our at-risk girls whom we pair with rescued horses in our 12-week Join the Herd program. Ideally, our Join the Herd girls matriculate into our long-term program, the Riding Academy, where we see real, transformational life change. The Riding Academy incorporates academic support, individualized equine-assisted psychotherapy, family counseling, mentorship, vocational and life skills training, college and career preparation, and community support. View our latest annual report to see the impact we’ve had on the girls we serve.

Our Programs
Join the Herd

A precursor to the Riding Academy, Join the Herd is a 12-week group therapy program focused on building healthy relationships through work with our horses. The girls will work with our horses on the ground in order to learn skills like assertive communication, getting appropriate attention, setting boundaries, self control, and many other things. Our therapist leads the group and helps the girls connect what they are learning with the horses to their human relationships.

The Riding Academy

The Riding Academy is a long-term, holistic intervention that offers family support, life skills training, college and career preparation, academic tutoring, equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP), vocational training and mentorship.

This program can last anywhere from one to six years and requires a long-term commitment from the girls and their families. 

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Our Proven Process

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Join us in our mission to provide access and opportunities to the young women in the greater Triangle who have the capacity for change but have multiple odds stacked against them.

By June 2024, we hope to open our third farm while our pilot campus in Cary and first satellite campus in Southeast Raleigh operate at full capacity. Will you walk alongside us in our three-year path toward restoring access and opportunities to the underserved youth in our community?