(BRAZIL) – Sheriffs and deputies on Thursday announced two new partnerships that will allow them to purchase their Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch property and add specialized search and rescue, K-9 and cybersecurity training to teens’ curriculum when the training retreat opens full-time in 2020.
ISYR, a 62-acre property in West Central Indiana, is being developed as a permanent home for week-long leadership academies, weekend retreats and day visits for future law enforcement officers, at-risk kids, and young witnesses and victims of crime. Until now, the new not-for-profit had been leasing the property for $1 per year while plans were finalized and fundraising gained traction.
Dozens of sheriffs, deputies and other supporters were on hand for ISYR’s 2nd Annual Founders’ Day at the property’s five-bedroom home, which will be remodeled as a Lodge and Conference Center for teens and law enforcement.
Already, a former veterinarian clinic on-site has been refurbished into a K-9 academy, which the Indiana Department of Homeland Security will lease for 10 years, serving as a training opportunity for Youth Ranchers, a state-of-the-art facility for safety leaders, and a revenue stream to help with mortgage and utility costs.
IDHS will from time-to-time share the K-9 Academy with local departments while using the facility full-time to headquarter their Search and Rescue Training Center. IDHS will also offer disaster training to Youth Ranchers as part of the long-term relationship.
In addition to traditional camp team-building activities like hiking, fishing, canoeing, and swimming, high-tech training will be part of the Youth Ranch experience as well.
Ideanomics, national experts in cybersecurity, has gifted sheriffs with $175,000 toward the purchase and development of their Youth Ranch. In addition, Ideanomics will tailor their specialized training for middle- and high-school students and will offer it exclusively at ISYR to Indiana teens and cadets of the National Sheriffs’ Association Youth Leadership Academy.
NSA announced late last year they had selected the Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch as the host site for their new Youth Leadership Academies for selected students across the nation.
To donate or for more information, contact the Youth Ranch toll-free at 833-IN-RANCH.