The Billings-based youth developmental program R4C has found a new home at Yellowstone Christian College.

The group, which formed in March of 2018, previously offered its programs at Telos Fitness.

The non-profit program was founded "to help middle and high school students learn about life and faith through a structured fitness program," according to its press release.

Co-founder Dan Elser said currently at least 100 high school and middle school boys and girls are members of R4C, with 80 regularly participating. There are plans to welcome college students in the near future, the release states.

"I couldn't be more excited for this opportunity to grow our program," R4C boys director and head trainer Justen Shaw said in the press release. Shaw is also a current student at YCC. 

At YCC, the group will have a larger facility with more available space for workouts — including weight room and cardiovascular work — and community events such as movie nights. 

Plans also include outside activities and workouts at the YCC campus at 1515 Shiloh Road. 

"We are going to make a change to YCC and that will allow us to grow," Elser told The Billings Gazette. "We could potentially grow to 250 kids. We have to make a transition first and take care of the kids we have."

The program offers five classes a week, plus occasional outings and opportunities for socializing and growth, the group says. Elser said R4C will offer a 10-month program per year, with one-month breaks in the summer and over the holidays. 

R4C is in the process of moving to the YCC campus. The last workout at Telos will be at the end of this month.

The cost to participate is $25 per month per child or $60 per month per family. Elser said R4C focuses on building the whole person — family, community, personal development and physical development.

"We would like to say thank you to Telos for giving us a place to begin this journey and facilitating our growth and Yellowstone Christian College for what we believe will be a long and mutually beneficial partnership," R4C board chair Nate Zito said in a press release.

The organization has also received support from the Gianforte Family Foundation, according to board member Andy Elser. 

For information, contact Zito at 406-818-0021 or Dan Elser at 861-5033 or


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