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Bison Foundation

The Mission of The Bison Foundation is to enrich the day-to-day lives of the brain-injury community with strategies, improving the possibilities of their recovery.


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Did You Know?

Did you know that in just the Denver CO area alone there are well over 22,000 homeless youths? 

They have no support, nowhere to turn, and as we turn a blind eye and curse them for blocking the sidewalks and parks, another kid is contemplating suicide because he or she cannot see any light at the end of the tunnel. They are scared, hungry, and exposed to the elements, and unsavory people looking to prey on them. We can say to ourselves that that is what the shelters are for, BUT have you ever been in one of those places before? They are dangerous, especially for our youth who are not streetwise or strong enough to defend themselves -- and their shoes -- from a bigger and stronger person.

We have a 4-year program to bring these homeless youths in off the streets before they end up on the wrong side of the law.

With our hands-on program they will create a working ranch from the ground up. 

The Cultivating Wellness Center

The Cultivating Wellness Center (CWC) is an initiative of The Bison Foundation to form a consortium of nonprofits, teachers, therapists, nurses, doctors, and other healers. We are looking to purchase a 900-acre “turn key” ranch in Colorado for the purpose of rescuing boys who are aging out of the foster care system, and eventually end up on the streets and for some into the prison system. 

They will learn all of the following:

Natural and traditional building skills (construction)

Permaculture

Natural medicines

Homesteading

Animal husbandry

Making their own clothes from sustainable resources (hemp and bamboo)

How to build an off-grid system

A grey-water system

Sustainable energy

How to construct a living roof

How to read the landscape

Earthworks

Water saving techniques

Erosion control

Land conservation

Agroforestry

Foraging

Bee-keeping and selling hemp honey

Survival skills

Fishing

Hunting

Setting traps

Navigation

Astronomy

Food Preservation

Growing and selling microgreens

Cultivating and selling mushrooms

Selling fresh produce from their food forest at the farmer’s market

Financial literacy

Budgeting

Cooking

Team building

Leadership skills

Supporting each other

Soil science

Food Forest

Business skills

Marketing

Computer literacy

Book keeping

Teaching skills

Entrepreneurship skills

Setting up different passive income streams

Graduation

These kids get interviewed on camera when they first come into the program, and then again on graduation, so people who have donated can see where and how their money changed lives and helped the planet at the same time. 

There will be a graduation party, and a check to each kid to help them acquire a home of their own, and start-up funds to get their business up and running. 

They will also have built up a bank account during their 4 years on the ranch.

They will use all the skill sets that they have been taught, so that in their final year they are capable of creating their own company, in which they in turn hire and train the next set of kids aging out of the foster care system. This becomes a ripple effect that is both profitable for kids at risk, while doing good for the planet.

Keeping the Ranch Running After the Funds from Campaigns Are Spent

This ranch will begin to make a profit by the beginning of the second year through the different trades that these boys will be learning. They will also be able to feed themselves due to the food forest that they will create, and through their training in making cheese, butter, and fermented foods. Their milk, eggs, and meat will be provided by the animals on the 900-acre property. The property comes with a head of cattle and three new bulls.

The property also comes with extensive water rights, especially significant in this part of Colorado, as well as the means to support itself, so everything that these boys do, the money goes to them and their future.

Our youth do not belong in our prison system. They have been abused, neglected, and traumatized, and they do not need another welfare program. They need to be nurtured and given a safe space to learn how to become well balanced individuals, in body, soul, and spirit.

What Makes Us Unique?

We are unique in the fact that we are not preparing these kids with job skills to go out and work for someone else. This offers no job security for the boy, and not much of a future working for a company that sees their employees as replaceable as toilet paper, in which they will be seen as expendable at the first sign of economic distress for that company.

What we offer is a program that makes them the founder/owner of their own company that is in the sustainable and green niche. This sustainable green niche is not a trend: here today, gone tomorrow. The world is more and more turning to a green economy not just for the purpose of reducing environmental risk to our planet and to ourselves, but also for the purpose of building a sustainable legacy for our future generations. 

Let’s Do The Math

It costs well over $31,000 per incarceration per year. This is a fee that replicates itself for most prisoners due to the 43% recidivism, as many return even before the end of their first year of release. The above rate is a modest number and is growing. This is not sustainable for the tax payer or the state, and does nothing for our kids.

Making the Case for the Ranch

Once these youths get a prison record, finding a job becomes more difficult, putting them in a situation of having to become a bit of a con artist and stealing, getting mixed up in gangs and street warfare, or worse: dead.

These youths are particularly at risk for poor mental and physical health, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicide.

How much longer are we going to curse and condemn our homeless youth because they are in the way of us getting through the door of our favorite shops. How much longer are we going to curse them for the mess they have made in our streets and parks. Where do we want them to go? Should we continue to sweep them under the streets and pretend they don’t exist? 

A homeless shelter was not designed as an answer or a solution. They were designed as a temporary holding space till WE THE PEOPLE come up with solutions and answers.

Not everyone can just drop what they are doing in life, but MOST can help fund the non profits that are working tirelessly to give these at risk youths a second shot at life.

Please Help Us Help The Next Generation

With your help we can get these kids into our 4-year program before they end up on the wrong side of the law.

In our program these youths are taught a more artful approach to life, one in which humans and nature can thrive in harmony without impeding on future generations to do the same.

We have a team of experts ready to help these kids and give them a hope for a future. We have counselors, doctors, and teachers ready to help these kids get a new start in life. One that puts them at the helm.

With your help we can make a difference in a kid’s life. Help us get our homeless youth off the streets and into a safe haven, where they can grow and create a future that is good for themselves, other kids aging out of the foster care system, and our planet.

REWARDS:

Dr. Vickie Beineke, ND

For $225 Vickie will conduct one 1-hour Emotion Code session with you. The Emotion Code is a form of energy work, where Vickie helps people literally get rid of their emotional baggage. The technique works to identify and release Trapped Emotions, which are harmful, emotional energies from negative past events. Trapped Emotions can cause sadness and anxiousness. Trapped Emotions can block people from feeling love and happiness, and make them feel disconnected from others. Because Trapped Emotions are made of energy, just like the rest of the body, they exert an influence on the physical tissues, and can cause acute soreness and even more serious issues. Releasing Trapped Emotions makes conditions right for the body to heal itself physically, and emotional difficulties often disappear or become much easier to handle. Sessions are via Zoom. For the first 5 people only!

John Byler

For $600 John will give 10 one-hour blues guitar lessons for one person, either acoustic, electric, or both. 

John is willing to take on THREE students.For $1000.00 

John will give four 60-minute counseling sessions (valued at $250/session). 

John is willing to take on THREE clients.

Jennifer Mason

For $250 Jennifer, aka the Teen Whisperer, is offering one-hour session in Guided Meditation and life coaching. 

She helps people go from stuck to flowing forward in clarity for their life's purpose. For the first 5 people only.

For $275 Jennifer is offering a 2-hour session with Guided Meditation and Art of the Soul in any medium of your choice. For the first 5 people only.

Karrie Brazaski

Sleep away stress session: $250 for first 10 people

Ian Potoski

$250 one full hour of phone consultation (aka The Cowboy Soil Consultant). For the first 20 people only.