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15 Ways to Strengthen Family Ties

Rawhide Boys Ranch helps troubled youth and families turn their lives around. Our residential care program provides a safe, family-centered environment for at-risk youth who may not have experienced that prior to Rawhide. Our goal is to provide stability and cultivate familial-type bonding to help they grow and heal.

Why not practice these 15 tips for maintaining or strengthening your family ties?

1. Regularly Eat Dinners Together

“And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts.”- Acts 2:46

Regularly eating meals together encourages daily communication and brings the family together physically. Families that eat together can discuss their day, share upcoming events, tell jokes, and voice concerns. Family dinners also encourage children to try new foods. If dinners won’t do, consider breakfasts.

2. Plan Activities Together

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!”- Ecclesiastes 4:9

Between practices, recitals, sporting events, meetings, and other activities, finding quality family time can be difficult, but try at least once a week. Here are some fun activity ideas:

Building fun memories is an important aspect for strengthening family bonds.

3. Turn Chores into Fun Family Time

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”- Philippians 4:13

How often have you reminded family members about chores? Chores can be a burden and drain when performed individually, but tackling chores together can create unity. Not only are chores done faster, but they can be fun. Consider these game ideas:

  • Dress up
  • Create a Theme
  • Make it a Race
  • Shoot Hoops

4. Volunteer Together

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”- Mark 10:45

Volunteering can unite the family while giving back to others. Besides serving people in the community, volunteering can give all members a sense of appreciation towards what they have.

5. Write Notes to Each Other

“Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.”- Proverbs 3:3

Notes are a nice surprise for anyone. Hide notes in your children’s lunches or your spouse’s vehicle. Hiding notes is a great way to express love towards family members and provide pick-me-ups throughout the day.

6. Laugh Together

“Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.”- Psalm 126:2

Laughing produces a general sense of well-being and restores a positive emotional climate. According to neuroscientist Robert Provine, Ph.D, laughter establishes a sense of connection between people. Laughing together creates a light-hearted atmosphere, and make sure everyone is laughing with each other not at each other. Remember, laughter is contagious!

7. Develop Healthy Communication Styles

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.”- Proverbs 25:11

Learning how to communicate is equally important. When communicating, remember:

  • Listen without judgment
  • Pay full attention to each other
  • Make ‘I’ statements instead of ‘you’ accusations
  • Watch nonverbal signs such as folded arms, lack of eye contact, tone

Better communication creates more trust within the family, helping all family members better understand other family members.

8. Learn From Our Mistakes

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”- 1 John 1:9

People make mistakes. Good communication may uncover faulty assumptions or thinking behind the action. Learning from mistakes helps everyone grow.

9. Forgive Each Other

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”- Matthew 6:14

If the situation is stressful, calm yourself to fairly access the situation. Once you’re calm, communicate by focusing on the issue, not a person’s character. If your position is explained to the person in a calm fashion so that they still feel loved, they are less likely to hide mistakes and more likely to feel safe opening up about problems.

10. Be Just

“Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.”- Proverbs 31:9

If a punishment is deemed necessary, make sure it’s just. If a similar incident happened with a sibling, make sure the punishments given fit the infraction, ensuring nobody is viewed as the “favorite.” If another family member feels a situation is unfair, sit down and communicate. This creates an understanding and promotes equality while preventing resentment.

11. Create a Family Mission Statement

“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.”- Proverbs 1:8-9

Much like Rawhide’s mission statement, a family mission statement can provide motivation and bring your family closer and create pride. If a family mission statement sounds like a good idea, author Stephen Covey offers some strategies: “A family mission statement is a combined, unified expression from all family members of what your family is all about-what it is you really want to do and be-and the principles you choose to govern your family life.”

12. Develop Stronger Family Spiritual Wellness

“And whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.”- 1 John 3:22

Participating in church activities creates a spiritual connection. Reading religious materials and attending family devotionals can inspire other family member’s faith and create deep, spiritual discussions.

13. Connect With Children at a Young Age

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”- Proverbs 22:6

Younger family members may feel overshadowed by older siblings. Pay attention to all family members, and don’t wait to take an interest until children are older. Spending time doing what younger family members are interested in creates a steady groundwork that lets your younger children know they aren’t invisible.

14. Express Sincere Appreciation

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”- John 13:34

Everyone likes to be appreciated, and family members are no exception. We often mistakenly assume that family knows we appreciate them; however, most people still like to hear it especially from loved ones. Appreciation can also be used as positive reinforcement. Instead of reminding family members the tasks they must complete, simply thank them for everything they do. Knowing they’re appreciated creates added happiness.

15. Commit to Strengthening Family

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”- Philippians 4:6

Commitment with love is the glue that holds a family together. Take time to do what other family members would like or commit time to finding the right methods that will create a stronger bond.

Green Bay Packers and Rawhide: Partners for At Risk Youth Since 1965

Rawhide Boys Ranch’s ability to help hundreds of troubled youth since 1965 is largely due to Bart Starr’s involvement throughout the years. Rawhide founders John and Jan Gillespie reached out to Bart that first year hoping he would leverage his celebrity status to boost fundraising. Bart and Cherry also had a desire to help troubled youth, so they readily agreed. Bart’s involvement started the relationship between the Green Bay Packers and Rawhide that is still going strong over 50 years later.

1966 Packers Legends Line Up for Rawhide

After winning the NFL’s 1966 Most Valuable Player award, Bart Starr convinced other Packers to attend a Rawhide fundraiser at Fuzzy Thurston’s Left Guard Charcoal House in Green Bay. The “line-up” included:

  1. Fred “Fuzzy” Thurston, Offensive Guard
  2. Elijah Pitts, Running Back
  3. Dave Hathcock, Defensive Back
  4. Bob Long, Wide Receiver
  5. Ken Bowman, Center
  6. Carroll Dale, Wide Receiver
  7. Jerry Kramer, Offensive Guard/Kicker
  8. Henry “Hank” Jordan, Defensive Tackle
  9. Bob Brown, Defensive Lineman
  10. Jim Taylor, Fullback
  11. Boyd Dowler, Wide Receiver/Punter
  12. Tommy Crutcher, Linebacker
  13. Herb Adderley, Defensive Back
  14. Zeke Bratkowski, Quarterback
  15. Doug Hart, Defensive Back
  16. Red Mack, Wide Receiver/Halfback

Out of the above 16 Packers, nine were later inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, and four were inducted into the National Football League Hall of Fame. Their attendance at the fundraiser helped raise awareness and donations for Rawhide Boys Ranch.

Brett Favre Continues the Legacy from Mid-1990s and Ongoing

Brett Favre has supported Rawhide through donations and events since the mid-1990s. His most recent contributions include:

  1. 2015: During Brett Favre’s Hall of Fame weekend, Brett presented a $40,000 check to Rawhide on behalf of Favre4Hope, a charity founded by Brett and his wife, Deanna.
  2. 2014: Brett returned to Green Bay for the first time since his retirement for the Chalk Talk Charity Event. His “rumored” return even sparked the hashtag #FavreWatch prior to his arrival! As the Chalk Talk concluded, Brett presented a $20,000 check to Rawhide, also on behalf of his charity Favre4Hope.
  3. 2013: Brett’s charitable organization, Favre4Hope, became a major sponsor for the Merrill Lynch Grand Gala — an event supporting Rawhide’s About Face Program.

REPLAYS: Packers Players Support through the Years

Green Bay Packers and Rawhide

Reggie White, 1990s

Reggie White, Green Bay Packers’ leading defensive end in 1993-98, was known as the “Minister of Defense.” Reggie was an ordained minister and loved sharing God’s Word with Rawhide’s at-risk youth. He sought to inspire them and provide testament as to how hard work and strong faith can change lives.

Donald Driver, 2003

The Packers’ all-time leading receiver, Donald Driver visited Rawhide Boys Ranch during 2003. He spent time with the guys, sharing how he overcame obstacles and how he changed his life. Since his background is very similar to some Rawhide guys, his ability to overcome inspired our guys.

LeRoy Butler, 2004

Former Safety for the Packers, Leroy Butler invented the famous Lambeau Leap where after a touchdown, the player leaps into the stand. Leroy spent 12 seasons (1990-2001) with Green Bay and earned a super bowl ring for Super Bowl XXXI.

Rob Davis, 2005

Former Long Snapper and current Director of Player Development, Rob Davis played 11 seasons for the Packers. He has a heart for at-risk youth and loved inspiring our Rawhide guys.

Bryce Paup, 2006

Former Packers linebacker and NFL Defensive Player of the Year Bryce Paup struck fear on the football field while displaying a big heart off the field. After Paup retired, he visited Rawhide Boys Ranch talking to at-risk youth about choosing to improve their lives.

Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, 2008

Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, defensive end, followed Reggie White’s example by breaking Reggie’s Packer sack record and visiting Rawhide guys. Kabeer Gbaja-Biamilla visited in 2008, delivering a presentation to the Rawhide guys about God’s importance in Kabeer’s football career and life.

2014 Season Rookies Inspire Guys over Lunch

Four Packers rookies and second-year offensive players visited Rawhide before the 2014 season. Johnathan Franklin, Myles White, Jarrett Boykin, and Aaron Adams visited Rawhide, speaking about avoiding trouble, working hard, and what it takes to becoming a success.

Aaron Adams, Johnathan Franklin, Myles White, Jarrett Boykin

Green Bay Packers Organization and Packers Alumni

  1. The Green Bay Packers organization also offers Rawhide tremendous support. The Packers became a major, ongoing sponsor of Rawhide’s Friday Fish Fries starting in 2014.
  2. In 2010, the Green Bay Packers Alumni Association made a generous $12,500 donation supporting Rawhide programs.

Packers sponsor Rawhide Fish Fries

The Green Bay Packers and Rawhide Partnership is Long Lasting

These players are a small sampling of Packers who have supported our mission over the years and been an inspiration to Rawhide’s at risk youth. We can’t thank you enough, Packers, starting with Bart Starr!

Bart Starr has put his heart, soul and even his MVP Corvette into Rawhide Boys Ranch, blessing Rawhide with his support and the support of other Packer legends. The Green Bay Packers and Rawhide look forward to many more rewarding years of helping at-risk youth.

Getting Rid of Your Used Car? Donate Car Madison Charities Need

After many years of great service to you and your family in Madison, Wisconsin, your beloved car finally makes it to the end of the road and has no more left in it to be of any use. At this stage, your car becomes a burden. It sits on the driveway, taking up space that should be for your new vehicle, and to make things worse, you realize that an oil stain is gradually growing in size and is no longer conveniently hidden under the shade of your rundown vehicle. You know you have to do something, but you quickly dismiss those thoughts to avoid the potential headache that comes with getting rid of an old car. You know that selling it will get you nothing for it, and you will still have to pay someone to get it out of your driveway.

Fortunately, there is a better alternative. This might be a good time to go and donate car Madison charities are looking for to help finance their activities. Read on to see why this is so.

The Right Charity Organization Will Ensure That There Is No Headache Involved

When you donate car to the right type of charity organization, their many years of experience will ensure that the whole process is quick and painless. The best part is that you will be doing something wonderful for those people who are in need. All that is really needed on your part is to find a charity that has this type of experience. Make sure that the organization has the required experience and know-how to put your rundown car to good use, without any headache.

How Your Donate Car Madison Can Help Others

Depending on the state of the car, there are a few options to put it to good use when you donate car to Madison charity. Once it is taken off your hands, the charitable organization will send it to a family in need. The vehicle could aid them in finding employment, taking their children to school, or even making it easier for them to attend that important medical appointment. There is also the option of auctioning or selling the car to the junkyard, and then using the money to help fund the organization’s charitable activities. Instead of your car doing nothing in your driveway except leaking oil all over your property, it could be a wonderful gift to those in need.

How the Whole Process Is Made Easy for You

After you contact the charity, they make all the arrangements to help you donate car to charity, at no cost to you. The car will be towed out of your driveway, free of charge, and they will provide you with a basic tax receipt, which you can use for claim a deduction when you file your income tax return.

Now that you know what options you have in front of you in terms of a Madison donate car approach, there is no need to let your old car continue being a burden in your life. It can once again be useful by bringing aid to those that are really in need of transportation but can’t afford it. And if your car has no more life force left in it, it can still be a great help to those that need other forms of aid, which can be acquired from the financial proceeds after the car has been sold to a junkyard or auctioned.

Donate car

9 Advantages of Buying a Used Car Instead of New

A slick, new vehicle has caught your eye. The television ads draw you into a dealership to see that shiny new vehicle. But is a new car right for you? Sure, it has all the bells and whistles and an attractive financing option, but what are your other choices? Used cars! There are many reasons to purchase a used vehicle, and yes, this is a shameless self-promotion to get you to use our Used Car Checklist. Buying a used car can save you money, provide the same satisfaction as a new car, and provide quality transportation for many years.

1. Buying a Used Car Saves You Money

On average, used cars prices are almost 50% lower than new cars! You will be able to pay off a used car much faster, saving you financing fees. Consumers switch cars at an average of six years after purchase, and if you paid $10,000 for a used vehicle instead of $20,000 for a new one, you could opt into a nicer car for your next vehicle or buy another $10,000 vehicle, creating your very own two for one special!

2. Bulk of Depreciation Has Already Occurred

Consumers complain about how quickly a new car depreciates—as soon as they drive it off the lot. The value of a new vehicle can drop 11% on the drive home meaning your $20,000 vehicle is worth only $17,800 once it leaves the lot. The vehicle continues depreciation as weeks, months, and years pass. With used vehicles, the bulk of the depreciation has already occurred. Some used vehicles may even gain value! Edmunds has provided a handy “True Cost to Own” tool that provides how much a vehicle will really cost and how quickly the vehicle will lose value.

3. No Exaggerated Fees

A deal on a new car might look great, but many new vehicles have hidden or crazy fees such as shipping charges, destination fees, and “dealer preparation.” Some new car prices include hidden advertising fees that can be as high as $1,000! A used car generally has no hidden fees, but you may still be charged a “doc fee” which can be a few hundred dollars.

4. Lower Customization Costs

You don’t have to settle for expensive dealership add-ons when buying a used car. You may install your own at a lower cost than on a new car. What a great way to spend the money you saved when buying a used car.

5. Certified and Thoroughly Inspected

Certified Pre-Owned vehicles assure used car buyers they’re getting a quality, thoroughly inspected car that’s also a bargain. Certified Pre-Owned vehicles have been inspected, refurbished, and certified by the manufacturer or other certifying authority, assuring the vehicle is high quality. Certified pre-owned vehicles often have an extended warranty, special financing and other benefits. New cars simply hold the assurance that they are new.

6. Warranties

Some used cars still have part of their original warranty. Other used cars may have the option of creating a new warranty. An extended manufacturer warranty on a used car can provide factory trained technicians to repair your car with quality parts and speedy service. Plus, you can utilize a portion of your savings from NOT buying a new car and have a warranty that covers everything until 100,000 miles or more. What new car offers that?

7. Lower Insurance Premiums

If you are in an accident with your new car, the insurance will pay for what the car is worth at that time, leaving a gap between the purchase price and what the vehicle is worth. That’s where gap insurance comes in. Gap insurance will cover the difference between what you paid for a new vehicle and what its depreciated value is, but it will raise your insurance premium. Gap insurance isn’t necessary with a used car as the depreciation has already occurred.

8. Better for the Environment

Almost a quarter of the carbon dioxide a vehicle produces during its life-cycle occurs during manufacturing and initial shipment. Buying a used car reduces the carbon dioxide output into the environment. Used cars also impact the environment less than newer, hybrid vehicles. Hybrid vehicles use lithium-ion, lead-acid, or nickel-metal hydride batteries that have a much larger environmental impact than a used car due to the toxic waste left behind by batteries and acid.

9. Lower Annual Registration Fees

In most states, the rate of your annual registration fee is based on your car’s value and its model year. Generally, the rate is highest in the first three years, and then levels off after five years. You can save about a thousand dollars by avoiding new and annual registration fees by buying a car that’s at least three years old.

If you are stuck between new and used vehicles, consider purchasing a used vehicle from Rawhide Boys Ranch. Rawhide vehicles offer many benefits listed above and the added bonus of giving back to those who need it most. You can find Rawhide’s used vehicle inventory here.

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Teen Anger & Aggression – Causes & Treatment [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that 1 in 5 teens have anger issues? How do you know if your teen’s anger is getting out of control and what can you do about it? Learn the warning signs for when teen anger may be more than “normal teenage angst” and how to manage anger.

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Teen Anger & Aggression – Causes & Treatment

Teens differ from adults in their ability to read and understand emotions in people’s faces. Adults use the prefrontal cortex or “thinking part” of the brain to read emotional cues, but teenagers rely on the section called the amygdala or “emotion center.” The amygdala processes emotional reactions such as “fight or flight” causing teens to react atypically and display anger aggressively.

Prevalence of Anger in Teens

Anger issues can begin during the toddler years and manifest into reoccurring problems as a child becomes older. An estimated 1 in 5 teenagers have issues managing their anger and it has become one of the most common mental health disorders in adolescents.

Anger management issues can cause teens to:

  1. Make poor decisions
  2. Become argumentative
  3. Develop depression or anxiety
  4. Act out violently
  5. Begin using drugs and alcohol

Boys are three times more likely to develop anger issues than girls. Boys are also more likely to express their anger through violence, acting out in a dangerous and destructive way.

Where Does Teenage Anger Come From?

Amaygdala part of the brain

Anger forms in the amygdala. When large amounts of information are sent to the brain, the amygdala produces hormones that create strong emotions such as physical and emotional alarm. When the prefrontal cortex is fully developed, it dictates an appropriate response to the hormones, usually ignoring the amygdala and preventing outbursts or anger. The problem is that the prefrontal cortex doesn’t fully develop until the mid-20s for many individuals. Until then, the amygdala has the power to dictate responses to the hormonal rush. Without a fully developed prefrontal cortex, the underqualified amygdala often causes teens to act out of control, violent, or angry.

7 Common Anger Disorders

Teenage anger can be short lived or last for extended periods of time. When anger lasts for extended periods of time, it creates anger disorders such as:

  1. Chronic Anger – Chronic anger is prolonged and impacts the immune system. Chronic anger can cause mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. A survey conducted by Psychologist W. Doyle Gentry found 11 percent of teens experienced chronic anger.
  2. Overwhelmed Anger – Overwhelmed anger is caused by life demands that are too much for an individual to handle. 31 percent of teens admitted to feeling overwhelmed in the past month. Overwhelmed anger can lead to depression and anxiety.
  3. Self-Inflicted Anger – Self-inflicted anger is directed towards one’s self and arises from guilt or low self-worth. Self-inflicted anger can lead to self-harm to relieve overwhelming feelings. An estimated 15 percent of the general adolescent population has self-harmed due to overwhelming feelings.
  4. Judgmental Anger – Judgmental anger is directed toward others and creates resentment or jealousy. Judgmental anger may cause teens to put down or verbally abuse others.
  5. Explosive or Volatile Anger – Explosive or volatile anger, also known as Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED), triggers spontaneous excessive anger, culminating into a violent anger or rage that teens may take out on others. A Harvard study found close to six million teens meet the criteria for explosive anger, but only 7 percent of teens displaying explosive or volatile anger were being treated.
  6. Retaliatory Anger – Retaliatory anger is directed towards individuals or organizations that an individual feels have “wronged them.” This anger may cause an individual to direct destructive revenge tactics towards an individual or organization. An estimated 25 percent of anger incidents involve thoughts of revenge.
  7. Passive or Avoidant Anger – Passive anger is usually not obvious and is difficult to identify. Teens displaying passive or avoidant anger are aloof and abnormally silent. A study in Psychology of Violence found participants that did not or could not express their emotions properly had more extensive histories of aggression than those who could express their emotions (Daffern and Bucks 2015).

5 Common Triggers of Anger in Teens

40 percent of teens admit to feeling some sort of anger. Teenage anger is triggered from external and internal situations such as:

  1. Oppression – Being a teenager means more independence and self-identification. This can cause conflicts with authority figures, creating anger in teens.
  2. Social Confusion –Teenagers social lives are complicated. Friends come and go, creating complicated situations that create anger.
  3. Puberty – Hormones released during puberty create many emotions. Puberty can make teens unpredictable and cause difficulties controlling anger.
  4. Stress – Stress comes through social situations, school pressures, and after school activities and often overwhelms teenagers, creating anger.
  5. Hunger – Have you heard the phrase “Hangry?” It’s a real thing! Being “hangry” means being angry due to hunger. “Hanger” occurs when blood-glucose levels fall, making it difficult to function normally, and instead, creating anger.

3 Ways Teens Display Anger

Teens express anger through assertive, passive, or aggressive behaviors.

  1. Assertive – Responding to anger in an assertive way is a productive use of anger. Teens express this through assertive, non-aggressive communication that gets their point across without harm or threat.
  2. Passive – Teens may ignore anger because it makes them feel uncomfortable or threatened. This does not address the problem and increases stress. Passive displays of anger may lead to ulcers.
  3. Aggressive – Teens display anger by acting aggressive or violent toward people, animals, or objects. This damages relationships and creates work or school problems. An estimated two-thirds of teens in the United States have experienced an aggressive anger attack. Aggressive anger can lead to drug or alcohol abuse as well.

Warning Signs of Aggressive Anger in Teens

Teens who struggle with managing their anger can display the following physical and emotional warning signs:

  • Clenching of jaw or grinding teeth
  • Heart rate increasing
  • Headaches
  • Stomach Ache
  • Shaking and Trembling
  • Dizziness
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Muscle tension
  • Adrenaline Rushes

Teens with aggressive anger issues may also display the following emotional warning signs:

  • Irritation
  • Guilt
  • Resent
  • Anxiety
  • Sadness or Depression

The Consequences of Dealing with Anger Aggressively

When teenagers handle anger aggressively they can become violent and develop other health issues. Approximately 63% of children & teens exhibit serious, aggressive behavior such as:


  • Frequent physical fights
  • Vandalism or property destruction
  • Harm towards animals
  • Frequent threats toward others

Violence and aggression create short and long-term health problems. Headaches increase, as does the risk of stroke. Hypertension, social isolation, memory loss, and sleep disorders also occur. Handling anger aggressively may also lead to depression, which affects 20% of teens and is the #1 cause of teenage suicide when left untreated.

Healthy Teenage Anger Management

Only 6.5 percent of teens with aggressive anger management issues receive help.

There are many healthy and effective teenage anger management methods available and should be considered.

1. “RAIN” — an acronym for the following steps:

  • Recognize what’s going on – Consciously acknowledge thoughts, feelings, and emotions. The first step dealing with anger is recognizing its presence.
  • Allow the experience to be there, just as it is – Accept that you are experiencing the emotion. Reacting to troubling situations by numbing oneself or focusing attention elsewhere does not address the problem. If you don’t accept the emotion, you can’t deal with it in a healthy way.
  • Investigate with kindness – Observe what’s going on physically, mentally, and emotionally. What part of your body feels tense, achy, or hot? What are your thoughts? Feelings? Use these questions to get in tune with what is happening within you. A greater understanding will increase your ability to diffuse the situation.
  • Natural Loving Awareness – Natural loving awareness begins when identification of the small self occurs, opening feelings, emotions, and stories. Remember that emotions are fluid and in constant motion. Nothing else is required for the N part of the RAIN technique other than resting in natural awareness.

2. Games

  • RAGE (Regulate And Gain Emotional) Control is a video game similar to the old Space Invaders game. Players wear a monitor on one finger to track heart rates as they play. If that indicator rises, indicating that they’re hyper – players lose the ability to shoot. Only when resting heart-beat levels return do players regain game abilities.
  • Alien Therapy is another video game with bio-feedback capability. If players’ heart rates get too high, the game limits their abilities. Once they calm down, players regain game functionality.
  • Angry Heart is a game that increases self-awareness. A trained educator encourages teenagers to write what makes them angry, place it inside a balloon and tie it up without inflating it. This small balloon represents their heart. They then insert that into a larger balloon which they do inflate. Participants discuss how they may hide feelings from others and how they present themselves to the world. After exploring these issues, participants are encouraged to pop their balloons and may share what makes them angry.

3. Deep Breathing

Deep breathing is another easy, yet effective anger-control method.  It activates the body’s natural “Relaxation Response,” a physical state of rest that decreases heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension. Deep breathing does not require a special group or meeting area and can be done on one’s own.

4. Relaxation and Thought Control

Former University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Psychology Major Allie Nelson, talks about the different ways we express anger and how to deal with it.

Don’t Ignore Aggressive Teen Anger

When teens display anger aggressively, they become a risk to themselves as well as others. If your teen displays the warning signs, you have options. Act soon. Remember, almost 7 in 10 teens overcome anger issues with treatment.

5 Reasons Why People May Avoid Mental Health Help

The National Institute of Mental Health found that 46 percent of Americans displayed one or more mental health issues throughout their life and according to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 50% of people with mental health issues don’t seek help. Factors such as lack of information, pride, fear, or finances can weigh on a person’s decision to not seek help which can progress into long-term mental health issues. These are five common reasons why people don’t get help when they need it.

1. Lack of Information

You or someone you know needs help, but where do you turn? What kind of help is available? An easy way to find help is to begin conversation with a medical professional. Help can be found through:

Your insurance company can provide a list of providers in your specific plan. For an overview on a variety of mental health topics, visit the National Institute of Mental Health website.

2. Pride

Pride may cause a person to think they are better than “those who need mental health help.” They may fear loss of self-esteem by admitting they need help. Overcoming pride can be accomplished by:

  1. Observing negative self-talk & making a change
  2. Giving yourself permission to seek help
  3. Embracing vulnerability
  4. Reaching out

Once a person is on the road to recovery, they can be proud of their accomplishments.

3. Bootstrap Mentality

Picking oneself up by the bootstraps and solving mental health problems only goes so far. A bootstrap mentality can block what’s really bothering a person. Overcoming a bootstrap mentality can also help a person accept their situation and realize they can’t overcome mental or emotional issues on their own. Having help from an outside perspective can lead to a faster recovery by helping identify proper treatment.

4. Fear of What Others Think

Coming to the realization that something needs attention can make some people feel weak or flawed. 18.5% of adults and 46% of teens have some sort of mental illness. Some people shy away from help due to shame and fear of what other people may think. Lessen the fear by:

  1. Finding support groups with people who battle similar issues
  2. Engaging with people close to you with whom you can speak freely
  3. Researching more information about mental health issues
  4. Finding the right professional to assist

Fears can diminish with education and support. What other people think is miniscule when it comes to you feeling better, and no one has to know unless you want them to know.

5. Financial Burden

Accepting help is one thing, affording help is another. In 2008, the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity (MHPAE) Act was put into place requiring coverage of mental health, behavioral health, and substance abuse disorders. Even with the MHPAE act, insurance can be costly.

Every Day Health recommends some economical ways for receiving help:

  1. Start with your community health center – Many state agencies offer low-cost consultations as well as inpatient/outpatient therapy. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s Mental Health Locator can help you find a community health center near you.
  2. Go grassroots Mental Health America and National Alliance on Mental Illness have advocated for every American to find the right mental health care solution. Mental health organizations have made it their mission to identify local, low-cost treatment and help with insurance questions and doctor referrals.
  3. Check out a nearby college – If a local college offers graduate programs in psychology, social work, counseling, or psychiatry, there is a chance they provide cost friendly mental health services to community members.
  4. Give group therapy a try – Group therapy is a more affordable option than one-on-one sessions. If you do have a therapist, ask if they offer group sessions or find a group therapist through the American Group Psychotherapy Association’s
  5. Ask about sliding fees – If you already have a therapist, let them know your financial concerns and they may be able to work out a payment plan. You may also contact your state’s licensing boards to find providers with sliding fee structures.
  6. Work Disability – If your mental health is hurting your work, you may be eligible for disability benefits if you can prove your mental health has hindered your ability to keep a job.

Get Help for Mental Illness

If mental health issues are ignored or not addressed properly they may become more serious. Over 41,000 people die from suicide every year, and 90 percent of those had a treatable mental disorder. Having a mental health disorder diagnosed and treated saves lives. If you or someone you know is battling mental or emotional issues:

  • Ask if they want help
  • If they refuse help, find out why help isn’t wanted
  • Realize the problem can become worse
  • Find treatment options
  • Get help

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Key Points Of Procedure For Car Donation Madison Residents Can Follow


More and more people are seeing the benefit of donating their vehicles to charity in Madison, Wisconsin. As a result, they are becoming increasingly interested in finding out the procedure for making a car donation Madison residents can follow. But before we look into how to actually turn your vehicle into a charity car, it may be interesting to see just what the benefits of doing so are. Hopefully, the following information will be of interest to you.

The Benefits of a Car Donation Madison

There are multiple benefits to donating a vehicle to a charitable organization. The biggest benefit, obviously, is that you are helping a good cause. Meanwhile, it should be pointed out that deciding which particular charity will receive the donation is something only you can do. Basically, there ought to be three things that any charity should live up to. Firstly, it should be an actual charity and not an intermediary, so that they actually get 100 percent of the money raised instead of having an intermediary sell the car and then get a portion of it. Secondly, they have to be 501(c)3 registered so that you could file for a tax deduction. Thirdly, it has to be an efficient charity, which means that most of the money will be spent for funding their services rather than overhead costs.

The second benefit of making such a donation is that you help yourself. This is because you can deduct your car donation from your taxable income. In addition, you will feel good about doing something altruistic. It has been shown that this helps to increase self-esteem and lower stress levels.

Thirdly, you can donate any vehicle and not just a car. Perhaps you have an old motorcycle or a jet ski, an SUV or a motor home, a boat or even a plane. And there is no need for the vehicle to be in working order either. Hence, whatever you have standing in your garage, on your drive or somewhere in your yard, it can be taken to the charity.

Finally, by donating your vehicle, you are protecting your environment. In all likelihood, your vehicle will be scrapped and taken to a recycling plant and this means that it will no longer cause damage to the environment. In all likelihood, as it stood there in your driveway, it was causing toxins to seep into the soil.

The Car Donation Madison Procedure

Now that you know the benefits of donating your old car to charity, you may want to know how to go about it. First of all, as stated, you will need to pick your charity. Most car donation charities have an easy contact form on their websites where you can tell them that you have a vehicle to give them. They will then contact you to give you some more details about the things that they would need to make the donation official, such as your title deed, and this is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. Then, they will agree on a time for your vehicle to be picked up. It will then be sold at an auction, after which you will receive a tax receipt that you need for your tax records. There really is no more to it. Clearly, making a donation is a very easy process that has many advantages.

Donate Vehicle Green Bay Charity Offers Services For Parents

If you are considering donate vehicle Green Bay charity, choose a charity that you really believe in and does something that you believe is vital. One of the Green Bay donate a vehicle charities is Rawhide and they try to deliver important work. Additionally, this donate vehicle Green Bay charity is faith-based. The charity works with young people and their parents, as well as with professionals. Let’s take a look specifically at the programs they offer for at-risk teenage boys.

Donate Vehicle Green Bay Charity and Support the Following Services

Rawhide has a number of core programs. In addition, they also deliver a lot more services, free of charge, to ensure the experience a young boy has with this organization is a positive one. With a donate a vehicle Green Bay charity like Rawhide you will ensure a strong family model is followed by highly professional staff. Additionally, they have state-of-the-art facilities, which they utilize when they offer residential care programs for at risk youth.

The Service Corps

One service that the vehicle donation will support is a 30 day program, which is a short-term residential facility for the youth. The program offered here is very intensive and puts the family at its center. Young people are placed here voluntarily by their guardians and remain for a period of 30, 60, 90 or 120 days. During this period of time, the young men will learn to get better strength of character, body and mind. Additionally, they will take part in community service projects, so that they learn the importance and pleasure of giving back to others.

Alternative Schooling

This charity also emphasizes the importance of schooling. Your vehicle donation can help young people get the one-to-one assistance they need in order to complete their schooling. While enrolled here, the young boys simply live at home.

Family Weekends

For struggling families, this donate a vehicle Green Bay charity offers intensive weekend programs. A program lasts for three days and provides a chance to build new foundations in your family future. Your vehicle donations ensure entire families are able to stay together and to provide stable, supportive environments for each member of the family. This is essential for children with behavioral difficulties.

Private Residential Program

Guardians and parents are able to voluntarily place their sons in a residential care program.


Those who have gone through residential treatment may benefit from transitional living to reintegrate them into the community. This program is also available for those students who have been placed in foster care, which is something the organization also offers. Here, the youth will be supported in their efforts to learn how to plan, solve problems and engage in positive social behavior.

25 Ways Rawhide Helps At Risk Youth Change Course

Since 1965, Rawhide Boys Ranch has been helping at-risk youth and families turn their lives around. Rawhide’s helps at risk youth change by offering, support, and opportunities they need to create a better life. We have therapeutic programs for every level of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, starting with most basic needs first and working up the pyramid:

  1. Basic Physiological Needs – Food, water, shelter, bodily comforts, etc.
  2. Safety & Security – Physically & emotionally safe environment, out of danger
  3. Love & Belonging – Family, sense of belonging, friendship, be accepted
  4. Self-Esteem – Sense of accomplishment, respect for self and others, confidence
  5. Self-Actualization – Purpose, realize one’s potential, morality, problem-solving ability

Our houseparents and youth care workers help in more ways than we could count. Yet here are 25 ways we do count that Rawhide helps at risk youth change course.


1. Provides a Solid Home That Meets Physical Needs

Rawhide Boys Home Helps At Risk Youth Change

Youth in Rawhide’s Residential Treatment Program live in sturdy, well-built homes on the ranch grounds. They receive home cooked meals, ample water, seasonal clothing, and comfortable beds. Bedrooms are single or double occupancy depending on individual circumstances. Each student has his own bed and dresser, and each room has its own bathroom. Homes are furnished with:

  1. Large dining room table for family meals
  2. Fireplace
  3. Patio
  4. Family room
  5. Laundry room
  6. Large kitchen


2. Provides a Stable and Secure Home Life With Parent Figures

Rawhide house parents helps at risk youth change

Rawhide’s Residential Care offers a family living model and philosophy. This is called “The Rawhide Difference.” The family structure is complete with a housefather and housemother and focuses on two goals:

  • To ensure it does not feel like clinical therapy
  • To provide a crucial element that may have been missing in their lives to this point

3. Ensures a Safe Place To Heal Emotional Wounds

Many guys come from environments where they’ve been stuck in survival mode. Through residential therapy and a judgment-free setting, Rawhide offers a safe, loving environment for guys to heal. Guys can let their guard down and learn more about themselves and why they behave a certain way. As former Rawhide guy and current Rawhide Board Director member Steve Bender said: “When you come into Rawhide, you’re given love unconditionally and you start to heal.” View his statement on video below. This aspect of Rawhide also meets needs of the next level: LOVE & BELONGING.


4. Creates a Healthy Family Environment

Family Dinner at Rawhide Helps At Risk Youth Change

The family living philosophy at Rawhide includes family dinners. A 2012 Cornell University study found that regular family meals can create feelings of closeness and comfort towards parent figures. Many guys have left Rawhide’s residential care full of memories from new experiences and family-like bonds that last a life time.

5. Gives Guys the Chance to be a Kid

Rawhide Helps At Risk Youth Change Course

Many Rawhide guys never had the chance to be a kid. Rawhide has many fun activities and events that allow them that opportunity! During Winter adventure camp, Rawhide guys experience activities they’ve never tried before while summer adventure camp does the same, only without the snow. Starr Academy offers numerous fun electives in which they can also partake during the year.

6. Presents Positive Role Models

Many guys landed at Rawhide because they followed the wrong crowd just for a sense of belonging. They’ve emulated unhealthy behaviors and got in trouble. Rawhide youth care workers and houseparents work closely with the guys to create trusting relationships and provide positive role models that inspire better choices after they leave the ranch.

7. Provides Ongoing Support

Rawhide’s motto is: “Once a Rawhide Guy, always a Rawhide Guy.” If a guy is placed at Rawhide, Rawhide provides ongoing support after they leave and offers numerous resources for help along the way. Rawhide wants guys to know they will always be loved.


8. Nurtures Creativity

Rawhide offers a variety of ways for guys to discover their creative talents. The Art class creates a safe, judgment-free environment in which guys can heal through art while exploring their creative side. Woodworking class also incorporates hands-on learning where guys create items that amaze themselves and others like the diamond-shaped table in Rawhide’s Bart Starr Museum.

Diamond Table Crafted for Bart Starr Helps At Risk Youth Change

9. Improves Social Skills

Rawhide teaches guys to make eye contact, create better body language, listen, and respond. Guys may come to Rawhide lacking social skills, but they leave with the tools to better communicate with others. Stronger social skills improve their chances for building healthier relationships and connections.

10. Teaches How to Improve Concentration

We all know someone like the dog in the video above. It’s safe to say that a teenager’s attention can wander. They need to improve concentration skills if they move on to higher education and for their future workplaces. So Rawhide teaches guys to focus by:

  1. Prioritizing tasks
  2. Limiting distractions
  3. Breaking tasks down into small chunks
  4. Moving to a quiet location
  5. Teaching relaxation techniques such as deep breathing

11. Instructs on Anger Management

Rawhide offers a variety of methods to teach guys how to handle their anger. Equine assisted therapy pairs a guy with a horse with a certain temperament best suited for his issues. Guys experience other types of therapy as well that teach them how to calm down and understand their triggers.

12. Provides Trauma-Focused Therapy

Trauma-Focused Therapy is a treatment model that uses trauma-sensitive interventions. Rawhide guys learn new skills to process thoughts and feelings relating to traumatic life events and manage distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

13. Trains Guys to Take Responsibility for Their Actions

Many guys come to Rawhide with problems taking responsibility for their actions and accepting the consequences. Rawhide teaches that it is okay to accept responsibility for mistakes and encourages guys to be honest about their mistakes.

14. Introduces Guys to Healthier Activity Choices

Poor choices lead many of our students to Rawhide. Therefore, we teach them that they have many more options in filling their spare time. Rawhide exposes the guys to athletic activities, possible hobbies like beekeeping, motor sports, events, art, and more. The better they feel about their choices, the better they feel about themselves.

athletic programs Helps At Risk Youth Change

15. Delivers Quality Education

Most students who come to Rawhide are below their age’s reading level and have not developed consistent study habits. Without these basic skills, they are simply not motivated in school. Many students make dramatic improvements in academics while at Rawhide. The teaching staff at the Academy work hard to help them catch up on their credits before leaving the ranch.

16. Teaches Self-Control that Helps At Risk Youth Change

“For God gave us a spirit not to fear but of power and love and self-control.”- 2 Timothy 1:7

Rawhide gives guys the tools to change their behavior or undesirable habits. It could be avoiding strong temptations that pull them back into old ways of living or breaking a bad habit. Their self-esteem grows with each successful change—no matter how minute.

17. Instills Respect for Authority, Self, and Others

Many of our guys struggle with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). ODD may have caused issues for our guys in the past, but Rawhide has an environment that generates respect for authority. Rawhide team members lead by example to show guys what respect looks like and how to treat others.

18. Offers Healthy Outlets for Burning Off Energy

Rawhide offers guys athletic activities such as zip lining, rock wall climbing, disc golf, track and field and basketball to expend excess energy. Athletics can also balance mood and behavior, build self-discipline, and improve self-esteem.

Helps At Risk Youth Change disc golfer

19. Shows How to Give to Others

Throughout the year, Rawhide guys work on community service projects such as storm damage repair, event set up, or delivering firewood to less fortunate members in the community. The guys learn compassion for others and experience positive feelings that accompany helping others.

20. Lessens Odds of Long-Term Mental Health Issues

Many American teens struggle with depression and other mental health issues. Rawhide helps guys battling mental health issues by providing the proper help to increase the likelihood of future success.

21. Teaches How to Handle Negative Situations

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”- The Serenity Prayer

Rawhide guys learn to recognize when they might be in a negative situation or environment and how to remove themselves from it when necessary. Rawhide empowers guys to trust their judgment and teaches them how and when to leave a situation if they realize it’s not good for them or if there is nothing they can do to turn it around.


22. Inspires Faith

Rawhide is a faith-based non-profit with a mission of:

“Being dependent on God, we inspire and equip at-risk youth and families to lead healthy and responsible lives through family-centered care, treatment, and education.”

Guest speakers and Rawhide alumni share many inspiring, faith-based stories with the guys. The faith-based mission is what drew youth care worker Fred Flagg to Rawhide. He believes “without God, there is no hope” and follows that model.

23. Develops Leadership Skills

Rawhide guys learn leadership in various ways at Rawhide, whether it’s in team sports, class projects, or community service. Every chance to learn how to successfully lead others prepares them for the future and gives them insight into their own abilities.

24. Teaches Job Skills

Rawhide offers guys work experience to build skills and help them discover passions. They can opt to make delicious desserts in the Frontier Café, learn office or basic car maintenance skills, develop new skills through community service, and so much more. Guys leave Rawhide with a resume full of enough skills and training to boost their marketability for jobs.

25. Encourages Goal Setting

Rawhide encourages guys to set goals. Attaining goals instills hope in Rawhide guys—a hope that they can achieve something worthwhile. Some aspire to attend college and become authors or pastors. Others aspire to get a steady job and have a family. No matter what their hopes might be, it is crucial that they learn how to set goals and create a plan to reach those goals. Hope motivates, and Rawhide certainly wants these guys to stay motivated and have hope.

These are just some of the many ways that Rawhide helps at-risk youth change their lives. If you would like to support at-risk youth, you may do so by making a donation below. Thank you and have a blessed day.

Tips On Charitable Giving: How To Donate Car Milwaukee Organizations Use To Fund Their Services

If you have an old, unused car to donate to a charity in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, then you could potentially do something amazing for the people around you who are the most in need of help. Sometimes, when people find a non-profit organization that they feel strongly about, they want to do absolutely everything they can to help out and make a difference. However, we don’t all have cash lying around that we can simply hand over to organizations that need it but, luckily, we may have an old vehicle that we otherwise have no use for. Donating a car is a wonderful way to give something back to your community. However, many people find themselves wondering about the procedure to follow. If you’d like to know how to donate a car to charity, or have been searching the internet for queries like “Milwaukee how to donate a car,” then this article may give you some useful tips.

Donate Car Milwaukee Charity – How It Works

Donating a car is not quite as simple as handing over some old clothes, especially if you are hoping to get a tax break as part of the deal. When you search for “how to donate a car Milwaukee,” chances are that you’re going to come across a number of articles and reports about all of the different things you need to do to get the most out of your donation.

But keep in mind that there is a very strict system that you will need to follow, although you always have the option to ask for extra help from the IRS, or the charity you are donating your vehicle to.

Contacting Your Charity in Milwaukee

Once you have discovered the charity that you think is right for you, you will need to find their contact details and find out whether they have any specific steps that you will need to take in order to do things properly. Most websites for charities will include an email address and a phone number, so that you can get in touch about volunteering, providing financial support, or learning how to donate a car. During your contact, you should take the time to find out whether your charity could benefit far more from your donation if you were to drop the vehicle off yourself. Sometimes, these non-profit groups have to pay out excess fees to have your car towed to their location, which can have an impact on the amount of good you can do with your donation.

Getting the Tax Receipt

Remember, if you want to benefit from the tax write-off that comes with donating your vehicle to a charitable organization, you will need to get a receipt. A tax receipt is the tax notice that will list all of the items that are capable of achieving a tax deduction. Make sure that the name of the charity, as well as their federal tax ID number, and your name are all in place, as well as the date and year of the donation, and your model of car. Once you’re sure all the paperwork is done properly, you’ll be ready to donate your car.

Be Charitable And Donate Vehicle Green Bay Charities Need

Sometimes, it’s possible for us to feel so stressed about the way the world is today, that we forget to take the time to think about the people who have it worse than us. Sometimes, the best way of releasing some of that stress that we all hold on to is to stop focusing on ourselves for a moment, and think about ways that we might be able to help others. For example, for residents of Green Bay, Wisconsin, when they donate vehicle to charity, or even search “Green Bay donate a vehicle” online, they’re taking the very first step towards having a positive impact on their community and the world.

Why Bother With Vehicle Donation?

Donating to charity is a great way to give people in need an extra helping hand when it comes to getting by and moving on with their lives. When you donate vehicle Green Bay communities can benefit from you are effectively having a direct impact on the present and future of someone. The car that you donate may be used by the charity as a way of generating funds to finance projects for people in need, or it may be used to transport people to and from important places.

It’s so very easy for us to look at the old cars that are in our garage and imagine that there is no possible use for them, but the truth is that vehicle donations, even with cars that are far past their best, can go some way towards changing someone’s life.

Tax Benefits

Of course, donating your car to charity is not just a good thing because of the way that you will be helping other people. Aside from the great feeling you will get by doing a good deed, you will also be able to experience the added benefit of a tax write-off. In some cases, many people find this to be a simpler, and much more rewarding way of getting rid of their old cars, than if they were to try and sell old vehicles for a profit.

Of course, if you want to obtain the best tax benefit possible from donating your car, it is important to make sure that the organization you choose is a certified, non-profit organization. You will need to know all of the details on how you should take steps to donate your vehicle as well, but the charity should be able to assist you with this.

Finding the Right Charity

When it comes to picking the ideal organization, you need to find a place that focuses on the same beliefs and values that you hold close to yourself. Sometimes, working directly with different charitable organizations for a short period will allow you to learn more about what is going on within that organization and will help you to decide whether your donation could do the most good. You will be able to see all of the hard work that they are doing, and do some of your own. So go ahead, make the right choice, and donate your car.

31 Collectible Cars to Make You Drool

Many classic cars have been donated to Rawhide Boys Ranch during our vehicle donation program’s 30+ year history. When a classic car donation arrives at the ranch, employees and students alike wander over to gaze upon the design elements that made it so “awesome.” We have been fortunate to receive incredible classic car donations, which have funded many of our programs for at-risk youth. These donations have fueled a greater interest in other classic cars as well. So we did some research and found these beauties, deemed some of the most sought-after collectible cars.


31 Collectible Cars to Make You Drool (Tweet this!)

1. 1991 Acura NSX Coupe

Also known as the Honda NSX, the 1991 Acura NSX Coupe featured an ultra-light chassis and boasted the world’s first production car engine with titanium connecting rods, forged pistons, and incredible revving capabilities.

2. 1967 Datsun 2000 Convertible

Offered as a bargain sports car, the Datsun 2000 offered an impressive top speed of 108 mph and the capability of getting over 30 mpg, an impressive feat for a vehicle in the ‘60s.

3. 1973 Datsun 240z

The Datsun 240z delivered incredible performance and handling for the price of $5,000 in 1973 (equivalent to $27,000 in 2015). The Z car offered one of the first reliable Japanese cars, changing the way the public viewed Japanese brands. The 1973 240z even won the 21st East African Safari Rally .

4. 1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 Spyder

A very rare vehicle, the 1995 Mitsubishi Spyder VR4 was the first hardtop convertible released in the United States since the Ford Fairlane Skyliner.

5. 1984 Ferrari Testarossa Coupe

Fast and agile, the 1984 Ferrari Testarossa was the most-produced Ferrari model despite its high price of $181,000. Its popularity led to it being featured on the cover of Road & Track magazine nine times in five years.

6. 1989 Porsche 911 Turbo 930

One of the most successful competition cars, the Porsche 911 offered a balance of style and speed at an initial price tag of $65,000 (equivalent to $125,700 today). It earned a significant amount of awards and titles during its debut year.

7. 1993 Porsche 928 GTS Coupe

The 928 was created to replace the 911 model. The Porsche 928 offered sports car handling with the comfort and equipment of a luxury sedan. Only 406 of these made it to the USA.

8. 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster

The Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster featured all the style and engineering of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL with less of the price. Fewer than 26,000 were made between 1955 and 1963, making this an uncommon vehicle to find and a significant one to collect.

9. 1966 Sunbeam Tiger Convertible

Around 7,000 Sunbeam Tigers were built between 1964 and 1967, offering a high-performance V-8 engine and a compact, dynamic body. Production ended in 1967 soon after Chrysler took over manufacturing the car. There are few surviving cars in standard form.

10. 1988 BMW E30 M3 Coupe

Only one car has earned more titles and awards than the Porsche 911, and that’s the BMW M3. It is the most successful touring and grand touring car to ever race.

11. 1985 Monte Carlo SS

The T-top was reintroduced for this model. The ’85 Monte Carlo featured more power, additional colors, and 120,000 eager customers that couldn’t wait to buy this sharp ride.

12. 1991 Chevy C1500 SS 454

One of the first true “muscle trucks,” the SS 454 featured a V-8 engine, superb performance, agile handling, and a luxurious interior.

13. 1993 Ford SVT Lightning

The Ford Lightening promised the power of a Ford Mustang but with space for hauling items. It lived up to its name and offered an incredibly fast and enjoyable ride.

14. 1996 Chevy Impala SS

The LT1 V-8 engine is the heart of the 1996 Chevy Impala SS, which pumped 260 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque through a column-shifted 4L60 transmission. This sport sedan also had a twin-turbo dealer option which produced 588 horsepower offering a smooth and fast ride.

15. 1973 Pontiac GTO

Another muscle car with poor sales due to an emerging energy crisis, the 1973 Pontiac GTO offered a 400-cu.in. engine that kicked out 230 horsepower and a sporty look

16. 2006 Pontiac GTO

The last of the GTO series, the 2006 Pontiac was equipped with 400 horsepower and a stylish design.

17. 1977 “Smokey and the Bandit” Pontiac Trans Am

Made famous by the classic movie “Smokey and the Bandit,” these muscle cars have been selling for over $50,000 in recent years. In 2014, Burt Reynolds sold the official 1977 Trans Am from the movie for $450,000.

18. 1989 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am

One of the rarest Pontiacs ever made, only 1,555 1989 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am were produced. The Trans Am utilized a Buick 3.8L turbo V-6 to combine lightweight design with power and handling. Reportedly, this car redefined the term “high performance” with top speeds exceeding 150 mph. It was the first unmodified car to pace the Indianapolis 500 in 1989.

19. 1993 Cadillac Allante Northstar

Initially a sales flop due to a $55,000 cost, the 1993 Allante featured a new computerized suspension system and world class standards across the board. It was one of the truly unique vehicles General Motors produced.

20. 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado

The Toronado featured a heavy-duty Turbo-Hydramatic 400 three-speed automatic transmission, four-barrel carburetor, draft-free ventilation, and a Super Rocket V-8 engine.

21. 1987 Buick Grand National GNX

With a 0-60 time of less than 6.0 seconds, this 1987 Buick Grand National GNX put Corvettes to shame. Because only 500 were ever built, this car is a rare collector’s item. Its Turbo-charged engine and boxy styling make it the icon of America’s performance cars of the 1980s.

22. 1990-2001 Lamborghini Diablo

This version of the Lamborghini was the first Lamborghini capable of attaining a top speed of over 200 miles per hour. Its futuristic styling, V-12 engine, 492 horse-powered engine, and super-charged performance made it a favorite among car enthusiasts worldwide.

23. 1975-1985 Ferrari 308 GTB

As a V-8 mid-engine, 2-seater sports car, you might remember this Ferrari most from its time on Magnum P.I. There’s no guarantee it will help you grow a better mustache though.

24. 1971-1992 De Tomaso Pantera

Around 5,500 De Tomaso Panteras were sold in the United States during the company’s life span. The GT5 is even more rare as only 252 were estimated to have been built.

25. 1975-1996 Jaguar XJS

Launched in the wake of a fuel crisis, Jaguar sales were initially slow. Once customers discovered the roomy interior and graceful yet powerful engine, sales picked up and the Jaguar XJS became a hot commodity.

26. 1970-71 Ford Torino GT

Most Torinos were conventional cars. However, Ford produced some high-performance versions with 428 Cobra-Jet engines, which transformed it into a “muscle car.” This powerful engine put the Torino in many winning circles in NASCAR other race series.

27. 1971 AMC Hornet SC/360

The SC Hornet featured 0 to 60 in 6.7 seconds, a great suspension, big tires, and a good size. As Motor Trend Magazine described it: “It handles like a dream.”

28. 1971-75 Ford Maverick Grabber

A special edition Ford Maverick, the Grabber included a spoiler and came with a special “Dual Dome” hood. The Grabber also featured a V-8 engine and 210 horsepower.

29. 1974 Dodge Dart Sport 360

The Dodge Dart Sport had 200 horsepower with a V-8 under the hood and could reach 121 mph, which was impressive during the time. Its sedate sedan design camouflaged the powerhouse under the hood.

30. 1979 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400 WS6

With 220 horsepower and a true Pontiac 400 V-8, the 1979 Firebird coupled power with impressive handling. There were only 24,851 made in 1979, yet very few featured the 400 engine.

31. 1985-90 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

The IROC-Z featured 215 horsepower and 5.0 liter V-8 engine. Combine that power with a gorgeous body and it’s no wonder kids who grew up idolizing it in the ‘80s are buying them up now.

What Do You Think?

Do you think there’s a vehicle we may have missed? Leave a comment below to let us know your thoughts!