The Uihlein Recreation Center (UC) located on the YBGR campus is used by residential youth and day school student for many activities. Exercise is a healthy way for YBGR youth to cope with their treatment issues and become confident individuals. The UC has a swimming pool, bowling alley, sports courts, weight room, and indoor and outdoor recreation equipment – all of which get heavily used and a lot of wear and tear. The UC is hoping to purchase new indoor sports equipment such as basket balls and gym shoes. The wish-list for outdoor equipment includes snowshoes, cross-country ski boots and poles.
The three-bedroom Guest House on the YBGR campus is under much-needed renovation. It has not been occupied in several years due to its sad state of disrepair. Generous donors have already made new flooring and drywall installation possible. The electrical grid has been replaced and the interior of the building has been repainted. Funding for new windows and siding is desperately needed to complete repairs. Once the renovation of the Guest House is complete, it can again serve as a welcoming, home-away-from-home for families visiting their children in residential treatment.
Each school year, Yellowstone Academy staff identify curriculum that needs to be upgraded.
This year the subjects range from Career Exploration to Woodshop and Welding to Health and Human Enhancement. Some of the curriculum being replaced (Career Exploration and Human Enhancement) have not been updated for several decades. The upgrades also include adding two new areas of focus (Autocad and Woodshop) to the already extensive Vo-Tech program available to YA students.
It is very important for YA to improve curriculum to align with the changing needs of students and offer the highest quality education.