Growing up can be tough

Students referred to Urban Stable often experience feelings of stress and isolation as they struggle with social, emotional, behavioural, or learning difficulties like anxiety, depression, loss, or trauma. 

We don’t judge or label our students, so they are free to create their success without any past failures getting in their way. We offer them a new way to view themselves and their world with skills and perspectives that follow them back to school. The students become empowered and more optimistic about working harder in school by communicating with peers and trying new challenges.

Urban Stable students are identified and referred by their classroom teachers (through our in-school contacts) and attend program with others from their school and school division, with 50-75% coming from low-income families.

Our programs offer social development that promote competence in horsemanship, riding, social skills, teamwork, and leadership. This opportunity for youth to develop friendships and a sense of normalcy through the commonalities and differences expressed amongst their program classmates provides a proven, unique, real-life platform that nurtures growth and well-being.

So who exactly is an Urban Stable participant? 

There’s no magic formula to identify students who may benefit from the program, but the youth we serve benefit from the safe, caring, supportive, and challenging environment at Urban Stable.

This may be a student with neurological conditions, mental health concerns, or behavioural issues, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, foster care, newcomers, trauma, or family difficulties (e.g., loss, divorce). These are just some of the unlimited challenges that youth who are referred to the program struggle with.

Urban Stable focuses on improving the lives of marginalized youth-at-risk in grades 5-12 across all our programs (from all walks of life, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, etc.) by providing them with the educational, social, and emotional support and skills they need to reach their fullest potential.