Thank you to all of our generous key community partners and
the significant impact they have on those we serve.

EQUI-KIDS partners with Virginia Beach City Public Schools to provide therapeutic services to special needs children with mental and physical disabilities. The School Partnership Program (SPP) utilizes equine-assisted activities to augment education and life skills, as well as quality of life, for special needs children. This unique program improves disabled children’s learning comprehension, social interactions and self-esteem, and increases their focus and attention, both inside the classroom and at home. The primary goal of this partnership is to provide an opportunity for special needs elementary and middle school students to enhance their education and life skills. Students build trust with the horses and a bond that helps foster independence and confidence. The positive responses of the educators who assist us in implementing and refining the SPP curriculum is a reflection of the success of the program. Some of the observable benefits that have enhanced the overall learning capabilities of their students include enhanced concentration and focus, greater learning retention, and improved socialization and communication.

EQUI-KIDS is also proud to partner with the VBCPS Office of Exceptional Children through their work experience program. Through this program, a certified EQUI-KIDS instructor provides job coaching, in partnership with the school, to disabled young adults. The goal of the program is to help them acquire life skills and receive hands-on training for task-related and social skills needed to

prepare for entering the workplace, once aging out of the public school system. Students participate in approximately 100 hours of onsite work experience coaching over the course of one academic school year.

EQUI-KIDS also has partnerships with the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth for the purpose of its EQUI-VETS program. Of the latter, 100% of those individuals are transitioning veterans. The therapeutic use of animals, specifically horses, is a proven treatment option for wounded warriors, particularly those facing issues due to PTSD and TBI. The partnership with these entities provides EQUI-KIDS with a steady stream of veteran referrals who are pre-assessed and deemed suitable candidates by these partner organizations. 

Additionally, EQUI-KIDS has educational partnerships with the physical therapy programs at Tidewater Community College and South University. Students from their physical therapy programs come to the EQUI-KIDS facility for clinical therapy demonstrations with the organization’s physical and occupational therapists. The services we provide through a variety of programs and proven therapies offer a broad spectrum of potential benefits for those suffering from wounds inside and out. The impact we have is powerful and our program is 100% privately funded.