Ranch boys and girls help raise cattle, lambs and other animals through ASYR’s educational farm program.


Since the sheriffs of Arkansas founded the Youth Ranches in 1976, it has been home to more than 2,200 boys and girls from every corner of the state. Children come to the ranch through no fault of their own; many have been abandoned, abused or neglected. At the ranch, children find hope and healing. Boys and girls live in large family homes with loving houseparents who raise them like their own. Every child receives proper health care and educational opportunities. Children also have an opportunity to gain real-life experience and work with many animals through the ranch’s educational farm program.


Raising children is an expensive undertaking, especially when you raise as many as ASYR does!

• $285 can outfit one child with everything they need for the school year.

• $750 can feed one cottage of eight Ranchers for one month.

• A monthly gift of $25 can provide new shoes for up to six ranch boys and girls.


• The 27th Annual Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner will honor Christy Clark, president of the Arkansas State University board of trustees, on Nov. 9 at the Little Rock Marriott Hotel. Former Governor Mike Beebe will emcee for the 27th year! Purchase tickets or support at youthranches.com.


Charitable Contributions: 60%
Trust & Endowment Income: 24%
Rental Revenue: 2%
Other Earned Revenue: 14%

100 Saint Vincent Place
Batesville, AR 72501
870.793.6841 | youthranches.com


Established: 1976
Employees: 22
Service Area: Arkansas

CEO: Nancy Fulton, LCSW



Ray Dillon, President
Scott Bradley, 1st Vice President
Cody Burkham, 2nd Vice President
Brent Stevenson, Secretary/Treasurer
Micah Beard
Kathleen Bell
Mollie Branch
Sheriff Chris Brown
Sheriff Neal Byrd
Sheriff Mike Cash
Sheriff Robert Gentry
Tyler Griffin
Sharon Heflin
Sheriff Eric Higgins
David Kopittke
Sheriff Phillip Miller
Tom Mitchell
Kevin Mullen
Sheriff Phil Reynolds
Sheriff James Singleton
James Smith
Representative Stu Smith
Sheriff John Staley
Sheriff Shawn Stephens
Larry Stone

The 2022/2023 Arkansas Giving Guide is presented by Wright Lindsey Jennings. Click here to read a letter from our sponsors.