Jubilee Youth Ranch

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Checked July 9, 2011
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Jubilee Youth Ranch is marketed as a Christian Boarding School. It uses behavior modification methods. It is located near Prescott in the state of Washington <ref>The facility on Google maps</ref>

The program takes between 12 and 18 months <ref name="fact">Fact Sheet, homepage of the program</ref>

The targetgroup is male only aged between 13 and 18.

Program structure[redigér]

The program builts on strict rules combined with the punishment of being sent to run up a hill.

Living standards[redigér]

The youth live in dorms. There are normally 2 teenagers per room.


There are weekly calls to the parents. However they are monitored. There are also monthly visits to the ranch. Whether both phonecalls and visits are to be earned remains unclear. Home visits can take place as early as after 7 months, however the youth has to surrender to the program first.


Inspired a the movie from 1965 with Sean Connery in the lead role the youth at the facility have to run up a hill when they have done anything wrong. In a MTV show one boy had to run up the hill 35 times. Like in the movie the method holds the potential for a tragedy as the youth at the facility don't seem to be monitored by medical staff during their punishment and unseen health issues could result in injury or death among the youth.

In the media[redigér]

The program was featured in the MTV show "True Life - I'm being sent away by my parents" where 14 year old Kyle successfully fought the program and gained his freedom <ref>True Life: ‘I'm Being Sent Away By My Parents’, MTV USA</ref>. However due to his experience with the negative peer group at the ranch the learned behaviors caused his problems to increase and he ended up in state custody.

External links[redigér]

Info pages[redigér]

Info: Homepage of the program

Community groups[redigér]

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