Equipping youth for life.

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Apprenticeship

Rockside Ranch offers life-changing apprenticeships to young men overcoming adversity. We train and equip apprentices to become devoted to their family, leaders in their workplace, and positive, productive members of society.

Today in America, roughly one million young men 18-24 years of age are homeless, in drug treatment, or incarcerated. We guide young men toward a hope-filled future and give them the skills to achieve success.


Apprentices Focus on five key areas:

  1. Spiritual to love God and love others.
  2. Relational to be a healthy man, friend, husband, and father 
  3. Personal to teach life skills, home economics, and managing money
  4. Professional to practice work ethic, job skills, and teamwork
  5. Leadership for self, family, and workplace success

Every day is programmed with great purpose and care and typically follows this schedule:

  • 5:30am: Morning devotion
  • 6:00am: Morning chores
  • 8:00am: Breakfast and personal time
  • 9:00am: Job training
  • 1:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:30pm: Class
  • 3:30pm: Personal time
  • 5:00pm: Evening chores
  • 6:00pm: Dinner
  • 7:00pm: Evening session
  • 9:00pm: Quiet hours

Saturday is our recreation day. Past recreation outings include: hiking, fishing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, backpacking, trips to the coast, the Redwoods, Crater Lake, etc.

Sunday is our rest day. After church, apprentices shop for groceries, rest, and enjoy dinner together off-site (usually hosted by a family in the Scott Valley community).

Click here to see pictures of our apprentices in action.


Farming is an integral part of the apprenticeship. Caring for animals is a proven form of therapy, fostering stability, responsibility and compassion. Embracing the daily routine of the farm allows us to train work ethic, teach job skills, and practice faithfully and selflessly serving others. Apprentices learn the lessons of the farm and graduate with marketable skills and experience.

What’s Next? While at Rockside Ranch, apprentices are always looking toward the future and making plans for when they graduate. Apprentices participate in “Future Planning Workshop” where they focus on creating an achievable action-plan for what they will do after graduation. During this workshop, apprentices learn about themselves and are guided through a process that will help them determine what gifts and talents they have. Apprentices pursue a next step in education, vocation, or missions.

Action plans consider:

  1. Finances: how will you pay your bills, give to others, and save money for a rainy day?
  2. Transportation: how will you travel to your destination and get around once you arrive?
  3. Housing: where and with whom will you live?
  4. Education: what training, certificates, or degrees will you need to achieve your goals?
  5. Employment: where will you work and how will you make your community a better place?

Former Apprentices have graduated to immediately begin a job or school program. The main requirement for graduation is the completed action-plan for what the apprentice will do next in order to give them the best possible chances for success.

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What We Believe

We believe that God is the origin of all things and that He is GOOD!

We believe that Jesus died in our place to set us free from sin and death.

We believe The Bible is true and we hold it as the basis of our faith.

We follow Jesus and the Great Commandment to love God and love others.