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Join-Up International, Inc

  • Solvang, CA
  • www.join-up.org

Mission Statement

Join-Up International, Inc is dedicated to promoting gentle, more effective alternatives to violence and force through educational courses that teach Monty Roberts' concepts of non-violent, trust-building communication. Horses are used as examples and vehicles for this learning process. It is our intention to leave this world a better place for both horses and humans.

Main Programs

  1. Monty Roberts International Learning Center
  2. Horse Sense & Healing
Service Areas

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International

We have students from all over the world coming to attend our International Learning Center. Our courses have affected the training of horses, and therefore their owners, in countries around the world such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Scandinavia, Ireland, Italy, Eastern Europe, South Africa, Dubai, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and more.
Our Horse Sense & Healing program serves veterans and first responders who, in the main, come from California.

ruling year

1997

Founder

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Mr. Monty Roberts

Executive Director

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Pat Roberts

Keywords

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equine therapy, veterans, ptsd, vets, horse therapy, healing, alternative

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Also Known As

Horse Sense & Healing Program & Monty Roberts International Learning Center

EIN

77-0459889

 Number

2826888155

Physical Address

901 E. Hiway 246

Solvang, CA 93463

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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We have graduated 68 certified instructors internationally from the International Learning Center who will carry on our non-violent message to other horse trainers around the globe. This insures that Monty's message of "violence is never the answer" will be carried on for future generations. Our goal of leaving the world a better place for both horses and humans is well served by these graduates.
Our Horse Sense & Healing program serves approximately 67 veterans and first responders who suffer from PTSD annually. Horses are used as therapists and the participant forms a special bond of trust and communication with the horse. These participants return to their communities and families better able to laugh again, function normally in their every day lives, and contribute to their communities.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Monty Roberts International Learning Center

What began as a center for making the world a better place for horses has evolved to a place where people benefit every bit as much as the horses. The Center provides the environment, with the horses as teachers. The purpose is to train people to become teachers of non-violence throughout the world. Located in Solvang, California at Flag is Up Farms in the Santa Ynez Valley, the Learning Center is presently equipped to provide clinics and classes to approximately 400 students per year. Students from around the world attend a variety of sessions, including those taught by Monty Roberts himself.
The Center provides training for individuals to become Certified Instructors, separate from regular clinics and classes. This is a specialized, intense and lengthy program, producing people who are able to go into the world and teach these concepts and techniques to other horsemen.
The Learning Center provides Join-UpĀ® demonstrations as the main attraction and educational feature for Corporate Communication Training Events held at Flag Is Up Farms. Large corporations and organizations of all sizes and structures, send key employees and executives to clinics at the Center. Using the non-violence message and horses as the example, the Center's work focuses on team building and achieving the best possible business and employee- relationships by way of non-threatening, trust - building communication.

Category

Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

Adults

Adults

None

Budget

Program 2

Horse Sense & Healing

Horse Sense & Healing is a program for veterans and first responders who suffer from PTSD. Three-day clinics are offered free-of-charge and horses are used as therapists.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Adults

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our "Monty Roberts International Learning Center" program's goal is to promote gentle, more effective alternatives to violence and force through educational courses that teach Monty Roberts' concepts of non-violent, trust-building communication. Horses are used as examples and vehicles for this learning process. It is our intention to leave the world a better place for both horses and humans.
    Our "Horse Sense & Healing" program is dedicated to removing violence as a way of coping with stress and instilling the ability to trust again in persons who have been traumatized and suffer from PTSD. Through the deeply healing power of establishing a trusting relationship with horses without the use of force or violence. It is our intention to return these individuals to their families and communities far better able to function in their everyday lives.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    In our Monty Roberts International Leaning Center, horses are used to teach gentle, more effective alternatives to violence and force through educational courses for students who wish to learn Monty Roberts' concepts. Monty leads a team of Certified instructors who have dedicated themselves to sharing his training philosophies by completing an extensive certification process. Horses are used as both a vehicle and example in the teaching of Monty's concepts. Our courses range from beginner to advanced levels of horsemanship. Once certified, our instructors achieve a greatly increased level of of effectiveness in the application of their choice: virtually any discipline of riding, veterinary assisting, shoeing, racehorse training and so forth. We are unique in that the primary focus of our curriculum is on equine psychology and behavior rather than riding skills.
    In our Horse Sense & Healing program we offer three-day clinics that involve the participants working closely with horses, classroom courses, and open communication with each other. The individuals and horses develop a special bond built upon mutual trust and respect. The experience, called "Join-Up", offers everyone an effective tool to rediscover themselves through the eyes of the horse. This self-awareness exercise deals effectively with emotional trauma, anti-social behavior, withdrawal, anger and PTSD. In these workshops Roberts demonstrates the deeply healing power of establishing a trusting relationship with horses without the use of force. With his soft-spoken, nurturing style, Roberts assists veterans as they learn to cause a partnership with the horse. After three transformational days, participants can better understand how to control their anger, confront painful memories, cope with real-life situations and move on with their lives and relationships. The program is offered to veterans and first responders who suffer from PTSD.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Learning Center is presently equipped to provide clinics and classes to approximately 400 students per year. In 2014 over 100 students from around the globe attended a variety of sessions, including several taught by Monty Roberts himself. The Center has a reciprocal relationship with equine rescue and re-homing centers.This networking serves the students and horses well as the many rescue facilities that provide the horses receive them back after they have been stabled, nurtured and trained by students and instructors. These horses have a far better chance of being adopted after their stay at the Learning Center. The Center provides training for individuals to become Certified Instructors, and Monty has formed an organization of Certified Instructors to assure their development well into the future. In 2014 Monty qualified six new Certified Instructors from six different countries and eleven new interns were placed in the instructor program. The Center provided Join-UP demonstrations for 738 participants in 2014; large corporations as well as organizations of all sizes send key employees and executives to our clinics. Using the non-violence message and horses as the example, the Center's work focuses on team building and achieving the best possible relationships by way of non-threatening, trust-building communication.
    Our Horse Sense & Healing program utilizes the same principles of non-violent messaging as the Center, but applies the concepts to veterans and first responders who are suffering from PTSD. We have been able to offer 5 free three-day clinics each year and have averaged 11-14 participants in each clinic. The results have been fantastic. The clinics involve working closely with horses and the individuals and horses develop a special bond built upon trust and mutual respect. Everyone is offered an effective tool to rediscover themselves through the eyes of the horse. This self-awareness exercise deals effectively with emotional trauma, stress, anti-social behavior and withdrawal, anger, and PTSD. Monty Roberts leads these clinics himself and with his soft-spoken, nurturing style, he assists participants as they learn to cause a partnership with the horse. We are able, after three transformative days, to see participants better understand how to control their anger, confront painful memories, cope with real-life situations and move on with their lives and relationships.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The best indication of our success in the Learning Center is the fact that we now have 68 Certified Instructors teaching Monty Roberts' non-violent concepts all over the world (11 in the United States, 2 in South America, 48 in Europe and 7 in Australia and New Zealand). These instructors will foster the adoption of Monty Roberts' non-violent skills among a greater and greater audience, insuring their preservation for generations to come.
    The success of our Horse Sense & Healing program is indicated by the outcomes. We have evaluation worksheets that are approved by the Center for Post Traumatic Stress to measure how well the participants are doing in their every day lives compared to how they functioned before the clinics. We also keep in contact with them via a private Facebook page, Twitter and emails, and person-to-person communication. From all indications, our participants return home better able to handle their anger, confront painful memories, cope with their every-day situations and move on to become better family members and contributors to their communities.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Both the Learning Center and the Horse Sense & Healing programs are on track and progressing as planned. As far as the Horse Sense program, we hope to be able to serve more PTSD sufferers in the future and are planning on receiving more funds via foundation grants, personal donations and fund-raising events. We are now serving not just veterans, but also first responders that suffer from PTSD. The Learning Center continues to educate and certify instructors who in turn, will return to their homelands and continue the non-violent concepts of Monty Roberts. The fact that we now have a total of 68 Certified Instructors around the globe is an excellent indication of the progress we are making toward leaving the world a better place for horses and humans, too.
Service Areas

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International

We have students from all over the world coming to attend our International Learning Center. Our courses have affected the training of horses, and therefore their owners, in countries around the world such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Scandinavia, Ireland, Italy, Eastern Europe, South Africa, Dubai, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and more.
Our Horse Sense & Healing program serves veterans and first responders who, in the main, come from California.

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JOIN-UP INTERNATIONAL INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Founder

Mr. Monty Roberts

Executive Director

Pat Roberts

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Pat Roberts

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