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2018 Benefit

Please join us November 3rd to meet our students and horses!

4pm-5:30pm: Topline Stables at Walden
1109 Aurora-Hudson Road
Aurora, OH 44202
Join us to meet the students and horses!

5:30pm-7pm: Bertram Inn
600 North Aurora Road
Aurora, OH 44202
Enjoy Happy Hour and raffles!

This is a free event. Please RSVP by October 13th!

Come along as we harness the power of horses to transform lives. Our partnership with the Cleveland Mounted Police Unit allows us to offer inner city kids unique equestrian experiences that build character and self-confidence while teaching responsibility, compassion, and trust. We are LUCK, and we want to show you what happens when a kid meets a horse. It’s who we are and what we do.

Please RSVP by October 13th: info@luck4kids.org

 

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LUCK Works.

LUCK is more than just a fun after-school activity (although it’s good for that, too!).


Students are administered the General Self-Efficacy Scale (GSE) upon arrival to the barn and at the end of each LUCK program. Our results show that students may have felt a greater ability to overcome challenges after learning new skills and working through problems with horses. Of particular note were the increased scores in two areas:

  • Students scores increased 7 points between pre- and post-test scores for the statement: “I can remain calm when facing difficulties because I can rely on my coping abilities.”
  • Student scores increased 6 points between pre- and post-tests for the statement: “When I am confronted with a problem, I can usually find several solutions.”

LUCK students enjoy the program. It’s something they can look forward to!

  • “I liked learning about the ways you take care of a horse because I honestly thought they were easy–like a house pet. Seeing how they live makes you think about your own life.” –Kourtney
  • “I struggle with anger and explosive behavior but felt really calm and relaxed with the horses. I wish I could be with them all the time. I wouldn’t get into so much trouble.” –Mercy
  • “I enjoyed working with an animal I knew little about. It was unique and fun. It’s motivational. Riding the horse makes me want to do more.” –Deaja
  • “I can’t wait to work with horses again.” –Ike

 

Events

Our events allow students to learn valuable equine (equine means horse) related skills.

Events include:

Farrier clinic: a farrier keeps the horse’s feet, called hooves, in tip-top shape.

Veterinary clinic: a vet keeps the horse in a healthy condition.

Braiding clinic: braids in the horse’s mane and tail give them a professional appearance at shows.

Photography clinic: photographers are very well respected in the horse world – everyone wants more pictures of their horse!

Have an idea for an event or want to offer a teaching opportunity? Email us at info@luck4kids.org!

 

 

Our Mission

Leg Up for Cleveland’s Kids, known as “LUCK,” addresses multiple challenges facing Cleveland’s vulnerable youth. A shortage of extracurricular and career-readiness activities, coupled with strained relations between community members and authority figures, negatively impacts young people’s ability to create viable and sustaining futures. Through riding and caring for horses, program participants acquire valuable job-training and social-emotional skills that prepare them for success. A partnership with Cleveland’s Mounted Unit offers unprecedented collaboration and community engagement, while immersion in the equestrian industry allows Cleveland youth access to previously unreachable social capital and career pathways.

Our Goal

LUCK seeks to positively contribute to the development of Cleveland’s youth through equine activities. LUCK envisions a generation of empowered, educated, and self-motivated young adults who demonstrate empathy, critical thinking, and commitment to personal growth. Daily interaction with horses and adult mentors creates consistent, caring relationships, enabling participants to become confident, capable, healthy and engaged citizens.