Sheriff's Youth Ranch

Bradenton - Sarasota Florida

Founded in 1957, The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches has been improving the lives of at-risk children through its six Florida locations and comprehensive programs. The Sheriffs Youth Ranches is credited with helping more than 159,000 children and families in Florida.

The Bradenton/Sarasota campus, once known as the Manatee River Youth Ranch, was founded in 1984 through the joint efforts of concerned individuals, the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton and the Manatee County Commissioners. In 1991, the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches merged the program into their statewide network of residential childcare facilities.


The Youth Ranch is set on 65 naturally beautiful acres. The buildings and facilities available to the youth in residence include: a community center, two cottages, administration building, maintenance/vocational building, livestock pavilion and a high ropes course. Currently the capacity is for 20 boys and girls.  With a supportive and caring donor family, the Youth Ranches continues to meet the needs of children and families throughout Florida.


The Bradenton/Sarasota campus also offers to the public a Summer Day Camp. Boys and girls ages 5 to15 experience many different therapeutic camping activities. Canoeing, archery, swimming and many other recreational activities allow them the opportunity to build basic teamwork and peer communication skills.


The camp also provides an opportunity for Deputy Sheriffs and other Law Enforcement Volunteers to get personally involved with the youngsters to form positive, healthy relationships.