“My horse helped me overcome my fears, to relax and not worry.”
Todd, Student Aged 12
“The horses helped me to see the small movements and become more detail orientated.”
Audrey, Team Building Workshop Participant
Growing up can be tough. Youth can experience stress and isolation at school from not belonging to the popular cliques or feeling unsuccessful in classes. At Urban Stable we help youth to overcome challenges and develop life skills to re-engage with themselves, their education and community.
Working in a team is fun, sharing ideas, reaching goals, but sometimes teams struggle with misunderstandings, impatience, and conflicts. This can cause in increase in stress and productivity suffers. Our Leadership Development sessions can address these common workplace challenges and get your team working together cohesively, reduce stress and help your team achieve their goals.
Program Director Position
Urban Stable is currently looking for a Program Director to join our dedicated and dynamic team. We are looking for a passionate, energetic, and reliable individual to oversee the delivery of our program from connecting with program partners, organizing staff and volunteers, coaching the youth in our programs, to assisting in researching and pursuing funding streams.
Check out our Job Opportunities page for more information.
Every student that comes to Urban Stable, comes with a different set of experiences, challenges, and concerns. Arthur* came to Urban Stable dealing with trauma from his past. He needed a space where he could be calm and learn how to build a safe, stable relationship. For someone who deals with trauma or high anxiety, having a space to feel calm and comfortable can be a great opportunity to de-stress and heal from past experiences. Arthur’s horse, Rufus, and Urban Stable were this opportunity [...]
Horses are large animals that for some, can certainly be scary at first glance. This was the case for Baja*, a student who when first coming to Urban Stable was very nervous around the horses. Starting out with groundwork, learning to groom, tack, and communicate with her horse, Caspian, Baja got comfortable around her horse and even started to understand how Caspian communicated with her. Through the program Baja overcame her fear, became a strong leader for Caspian and was able to lead him [...]
Making yourself vulnerable by joining a new program can be difficult, but it can also lead to important growth.This was the situation for Eric*, a student who at first was unsure about being part of the Urban Stable program but gave it a shot.When Eric started at Urban Stable, he had a hard time connecting with others. This struggle to connect with others also caused him to struggle to absorb information and participate in conversations.Through the program, Eric worked hard on building a relati[...]
When working with a large animal, like a horse at Urban Stable, students can quickly learn what it means to be assertive and how to effectively communicate.One of our students, Aster*, struggled with taking initiative. When she began at Urban Stable she was very passive and found it easy to let the volunteers do the work.During one of Aster’s riding sessions the group discussed how Aster and the other students are leaders to their horses when they are riding. They learned that to be a good lead[...]