Youth Programs

Developing Skills for Success

Bella Terra Experiential Youth Programs with Miniature Horses in Kalamazoo

This program provides a fun and motivating experience for youth that targets building skills for success and bright futures. This program is effective for all youth, but delivers significant results for those challenged in these areas:

  • Autism and Asbergers
  • ADD and ADHD
  • Emotionally, behaviorally, developmentally or physically challenged
  • At-risk, abuse, trauma, and grief


  • Developing relationships and communication skills
  • Demonstrating a process and focus based approach to achieving goals, including problem solving skills
  • Providing new perspectives while building confidence and self-esteem

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Skills such as:

Patience          Teamwork          Decision Making

Social Skills          Responsibility          Goal Setting

Trust          Integrity          Attitude         Problem Solving

Leadership          Understanding Choices

At-Risk Youth

The coordinator for an at-risk summer program that serves youth severely challenged behaviorally in Kalamazoo County said "The Bella Terra program was exactly what we had been looking for, for our clients. Although we had participated in many programs, none of them had delivered a positive impact on improving life skills like this program. The youth in this program had been "kicked out" of all other available programs in the county and the Bella Terra program was a "last resort" to reach these kids. In one afternoon the youth demonstrated progress in improving behavior skills."

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."
~ Helen Keller

"Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing there is a field. I'll meet you there."

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