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Troubling Issues Facing Teenagers Today

Every generation faces tougher pressures, situations, and issues than the one before. Troubling issues facing teenagers open the opportunity for them venture down the wrong path. Whether it’s drugs, alcohol, violence, or theft, teens are faced with risky situations that can influence their direction in life and push them into life-threatening situations.

1. Drugs on School Property

Picture this: Bryan wanted to get home fast and catch his favorite TV program, so he cut across the school’s football field to save time. He saw older students sixty yards ahead and hoped they wouldn’t notice him. He was out of luck. Before he could escape, the older students surrounded him. As one student held Bryan’s arms, another one showed him a bag of suspicious pills, telling Bryan he should try one.

This situation is happening to many high school students. An alarming 22.1% of high school students have reported being offered, sold, or given an illegal drug on school property.

In addition to teens being offered illegal and dangerous substances, many are trying them. A reported 59% of youth aged 12 & older have admitted to trying some type of addictive substance, and 17.8% of high school students admitted to taking prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription.

Drug accessibility extends beyond the school yard, though. Family members are the most common source of addictive substances. About 46% of children under 18 live with a risky substance abuser.

If teens are exposed to drugs at either school or home, they are at a significantly greater risk of becoming a substance abuser.

2. Fighting in Schools

Issues facing teenagers

Imagine this: Greg finished a gym-class game of dodgeball. As he made his way to the locker room a teammate, Alan, approached him. Alan was livid because Greg accidently hit him in the head with a ball during dodgeball. Greg tried to apologize, but Alan wasn’t interested. He grabbed Greg’s shirt and pushed him against a locker. With his arm pressed against Greg’s throat, Alan pulled a knife from his pocket and waved it in Greg’s face.

Greg is part of the 7% of high school students that are threatened or injured with a weapon at school every year. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that 17.9% of young people admitted to carrying a weapon such as a gun, knife, or club on one or more days in the previous 30 days.

Many issues facing teenagers involve some kind of violent habits, with or without a weapon. A reported 21% of high school students said they have been in a physical fight or altercation on school grounds in the last 12 months. This violent behavior is growing. Since 2006, 26% of all national arrests for disorderly conduct were juveniles.

Unfortunately, children experience violence in school as well as in their own homes and neighborhoods. In 2008, 60% of children in the United States were exposed to violence, crime, or abuse in their homes and communities. Approximately 46% of children were assaulted at least once in the past year and 10% were injured from an assault.

3. Teens and Grand Theft Auto

Here’s another hypothetical. Scott and his friend were out for a drive on a Friday night. Scott’s friend had been drinking and got a wild idea. He turned down a side road and arrived at the local plastics factory. Scott’s friend said he knew that employees habitually leave their cars unlocked. He wanted to hotwire one and go for a joyride. Scott was hesitant but went along with his friend. As they started the car, employees came outside. Scott’s friend hit the gas and one worker realizes his car is leaving. The worker gave chase, but it was too late. Scott and his friend had stolen the car.

Car theft by teens is becoming a mounting problem in the United States as 23% of all motor vehicle thefts are committed by juveniles. That rate almost doubles in Wisconsin as juveniles committed 42% of all motor vehicle thefts.

4. Drinking and Driving

The CDC found that 31% of high school students admitted to riding with a driver that had been drinking alcohol, and 10% of teens drove themselves after consuming alcohol.

What Can You Do About Issues Facing Teenagers?

Whether it’s drugs, alcohol, violence, or theft, teens are confronted with risky and potentially life threatening situations. The stories above are hypothetical, but the numbers are real. Rawhide offers outpatient counseling in the Appleton, Green Bay, and Milwaukee area. Rawhide outpatient counselors hold Masters or Doctorate degrees and offer services to male and female clients of all ages.  Don’t be afraid or wait too long to seek professional help.

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43 Fascinating Car Designs

Many vehicles are designed by dreamers who are inspired in numerous ways including cultural trends, movies, or nature. Some car designs are marveled for decades. Other designs have car enthusiasts scratching their heads. Some of our favorites were only concept cars or prototypes. (A concept car is a car made to show new styling or technology. They are often displayed at car shows to assess customer interest. ) The automotive industry has produced many stylish creations, and here are 43 that caught our eye:

1.     1938 Buick Y Job

If someone told you to think of a 1930s getaway vehicle, this car might come to mind. The Buick Y-Job was the auto industry’s first concept car. The Buick Y-Job featured hidden headlamps, electric windows, and many other futuristic technologies.

2.    1967 Dodge Deora

The Deora was part of the very first Hot Wheels line in 1968. It was never produced, but the original Deora prototype has become a hot commodity, selling for $230,000 in 2009.

3.    2016 Elio P5 Prototype

The Elio is an interesting project that is slated for production in 2016. The Elio aims to streamline automobiles by using only three wheels and two-person seating. Elio Motors says the Elio P5 will receive 84 mpg and will sell for $6,800. Can you see yourself driving one?

4.    1977 Chevrolet AeroVette


The Chevrolet AeroVette began life as “Experimental Project 882” in 1969 which was quickly canceled due to impracticality and manufacturing costs of the gull wing doors. In 1972, John DeLorean, then a GM executive, ordered one made which spawned the short-lived DeLorean sports car of the ‘80s.

5.    2001 Volkswagen Microbus

The 2001 Microbus was a refashioned version of the original Volkswagen Microbus. The New Microbus featured a 7-inch screen in the center console and a second ceiling-mounted 7-inch screen that allowed the driver to see behind the vehicle.

6.    1970-1978 AMC Gremlin

The Gremlin resembled a door wedge and was designed to look either “cute or controversial depending on one’s viewpoint.” Richard Teague, design chief at American Motors believed: “Nobody would have paid it any attention if it had looked like one of the ‘Big Three’ Automobiles.”

7.    2005 Ford-Shelby GR-1

The Ford Shelby GR-1, another concept car, was a slick sports car inspired by the original Shelby Daytona. The sleek looking GR-1 offered 605 horsepower, but Phil Martens, group vice president, said: “Our goal this time around was not to create the ultimate top-speed, high-performance sports car. Really, we intended to strike a better balance of design, capability, and usability.”

8.    2008 Toyota A-BAT Truck

Toyota created their A-BAT concept truck with recycled materials and reusable energy to highlight their concern for the environment. The 2008 A-BAT featured a portable navigation system, wireless internet, a music hard drive, and solar panels to charge the navigation system and power pack.

9.    2003 Cadillac Sixteen


Warning: The Cadillac Sixteen might leave you drooling. It featured a V-16 engine and was featured as “the car of the future” in the movies Click and Real Steel. Unfortunately, the Cadillac Sixteen fell short of production, but rumors still circulate about production.

10.    2003 Dodge Tomahawk

The Dodge Tomahawk was a cross between a car and motorcycle. Only 9 Dodge Tomahawks were ever made and were sold by Neiman Marcus for half a million dollars each. Clearly, these “rolling sculptures” were not intended to be ridden. The fact that the Tomahawk wasn’t street-legal backed up that statement.

11.    2001-2005 Pontiac Aztek Crossover

The Aztek was launched with the tagline: “quite possibly the most versatile vehicle on the planet” and was aimed at attracting “Generation X” with its futuristic styling and versatility. The styling was not well received and the Aztek fell out of production in 2005 despite having it had one of the highest Customer Satisfaction Index scores in 2001.

12.    1970 Ferrari 512 S Modulo


Another concept car that looked like it was plucked from the future, the Ferrari 512 S Modulo featured a canopy style roof for passenger entry. The Modulo had lots of power, featuring a V-12, 550 horsepower engine that could go from 0 to 60 mpg in 3.1 seconds. No production plans ever existed. Creating the Ferrari 512 Modulo was a result of “hey, why not.”

13.    1988 Audi Aztec

Back to the future again. The Audi Aztec was a two-seater that separated the driver and passenger with a panel. The two parties communicated electronically. Sound like it was from the future? The Audi Aztec was created in 1988.

14.    1995 Ford GT90

The Ford GT90 was unveiled as “the world’s mightiest supercar” and had muscle to back up that claim. Featuring 720 horsepower and a quad-turbocharged V-12 engine, the Ford GT90 also had a body designed like a spaceship because the exhaust emitted from the engine was so hot, it would have burned a regular car body.

15.    2008 BMW GINA


The BMW GINA is a shape-shifting sports car concept that began in 2001 and was unveiled in 2008. GINA stands for Geometry and functions In ‘N’ Adaptions.” The body of the BMW GINA was made out of flexible man-made fabric skin coated in polyurethane spandex, allowing the GINA to change shape according to exterior conditions and speeds. This seems to be a good time to mention that the BMW GINA was planned before the first Transformers movie.

16.    1957 Trabant Limousine

The Trabant was an East German creation and became the most common vehicle in East Germany. When it was created, it was one of the very few vehicles that ran with a two-stroke engine and was produced for 30 years with almost no significant changes. This very tiny car was no longer produced after 1989.

17.    1974 Dodge Monaco AKA The Bluesmobile

Made famous by the movie The Blues Brothers, the Bluesmobile was a 1974 Dodge Monaco that was capable of jumping over drawbridges, flipping backwards in midair, and “flying” at times, but the cigarette lighter never worked.

18.    1998-2010 Fiat Multipla

The Fiat Multipla won Top Gear Car of the Year in 1999 and was voted Top Gear Magazine’s Family Car of the Year four years in a row. While the vehicle was well made and a great family car, its front looked strange with an odd bubble windshield and an extra set of lights high above the hood.

19.    2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser

The Chrysler PT Cruiser was meant to be a Plymouth but received a Chrysler nameplate in anticipation of the discontinuation of Plymouth. The design was intended to replicate the old gangster getaway car from the 1930s. One last fact about the Chrysler PT Cruiser: the PT abbreviation stands for “personal transport.”

20.    1956 Buick Centurion Concept Car

The Buick Centurion’s original 1950s concept sported a clear dome top and a futuristic front, making this a 1950s dream car. The body was constructed from fiberglass, and the interior was inspired from the cockpit of an airplane.

21.    2005 Lamborghini Gallardo Concept S

The Lamborghini Gallardo was sleek, stylish, and Lamborghini’s best seller. The Concept S was an interesting variation of the Gallardo as it separated passenger and driver. The Concept S allowed for more aerodynamic flow through its futuristic design. Only two of these vehicles exist, and it is a mystery as to where one of them is located!

22.    2010 Audi Quattro Concept Car

The Audi Quattro concept car was a promotional item for the 30th anniversary of the original Audi Quattro. Audi was considering producing a limited amount of these vehicles, but the project was put on hold. Audi merged navigation with the speedometer in this car so that drivers could view navigation directly in front of them.

23.    2008 Lamborghini Estoque

Lamborghini changed their strategy with the Estoque by moving from a two-door body style to four doors. The Estoque was the first front engine vehicle by Lamborghini since the LM002 utility. The Estoque had all the Lamborghini style with an interesting design.

24.    2011 Subaru BRZ Prologue

Remember when everyone wanted to make everything transparent? Subaru didn’t give up on that fad with the BRZ Prologue. Subaru claims the Prologue holds the lowest possible center of gravity of any production car.

25.    2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell was another gull-wing car, referred to by AMG as “the world’s most powerful naturally aspirated production engine ever.” The SLS was popular with celebrities like Eddie Murphy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Al Pacino, Tom Hanks, and Jay Leno. It must have been the gull wing doors!

26.    1966-1973 Lamborghini Miura

The Lamborghini Miura was one of the first supercars and a hot commodity when it emerged. 474 were built, and many celebrities rushed to buy one. It had the late 60s feel and looked like a vehicle driven by a stylish, crime-busting duo on television.

27.    1953 General Motors Firebird I


The Firebird I or Firebird XP-21 was the first vehicle to feature a turbine engine that could run on any type of fuel! If you think that’s cool, the vehicle looked like a rocket ship. You can watch the presentation for the Firebird III concept car here.

28.    1958 Ford Nucleon

The Ford Nucleon’s design was interesting and the story behind it even better. The design included a small nuclear reactor in the rear of the vehicle and a steam engine powered by uranium fission similar to how nuclear submarines work.

29.    1957 Studebaker-Packard Astral

This is another nuclear powered vehicle that wasn’t produced. Probably a good thing considering the intended safety measures for a crash were a “force field” to prevent nuclear radiation from escaping. The Astral looked like a vehicle that drew heavy inspiration from The Jetsons.

30.    2012 Peugeot Onyx

The Peugeot Onyx was a little different than the Peugeot Honey-B. The Onyx was a super sports car that featured an interesting exterior ripe with chrome and matte finish that gave the Onyx a flashy design.

31.    1959 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Concept Car

The Corvette Sting Ray resembles “The Mach Five,” the car driven by a Japanese anime character.  The Corvette Sting Ray wasn’t the technological marvel The Mach Five was, but featured a sporty ride and duel exhaust coming from the sides of the car, certainly a new concept for the 1950s.

32.    2007 Mazda Furai


The Mazda Furai was one great concept car. Unfortunately, it met an untimely demise by fire. If you were to look up ‘race car’ in the dictionary, a Mazda Furai picture would define it perfectly. One can’t help but drool over the car’s snazzy design. Just wait until you hear it.

33.    1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteo


Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! And they would arrive in The Ecto-1 which was actually a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteo. While the Cadillac Miller-Meteo featured a fascinating body and covered wheels, the Ghost Busters added their own personal touch, beefing up the lights and adding sirens and their famous vacuums. It’s safe to say the Ecto-1 would not pass any emissions tests today.

34.    1933 Dymaxion Car

You might say the Dymaxion Car was the first “crossover” because it was designed to fly, land and drive! Created during the Great Depression, the aerodynamic body was designed to increase fuel efficiency and top speed. Due to a few accidents, the Dymaxion was never widely produced, but it drew interest from legendary automobile makers Walter Chrysler and Henry Ford.

35.    1938 Phantom Corsair

The Phantom Corsair was an aptly named vehicle that looked like something the Phantom of the Opera would drive. The Phantom Corsair featured fully skirted wheels and no door handles, utilizing electronic buttons instead. The Phantom also had the most advanced chassis available in the United States. The Phantom Corsiar now resides in the National Automobile Museum.

36.    1953 Alfa Romeo BAT 5

The Alfa Romeo BAT 5 was designed by famous automobile designer Franco Scaglione. He based the design on a 1953 study of aerodynamics which helped the BAT 5 achieve an impressive drag coefficient of 0.19 which is a great achievement even today. The original Alfa Romeo BAT 5 remained a concept car and other models of the BAT were created throughout the 50s, but it was a 50 year wait until the next BAT was released in 2008.

37.    1955 Lincoln Futura

The Lincoln Futura was modified in 1966 to be the Batmobile for the Batman TV series. The Futura remained a concept car as the initial production cost was $250,000, the equivalent of $2,200,000 today. The Futura was marketed as having original styling, a bold statement for a vehicle developed in the 1950s. Lincoln gave the Futura a clear-plastic canopy top, exaggerated hooded headlight pods, and very large tailfins. Holy features Batman!

38.    1954 Ford FX Atmos

The 1954 Ford FX Atmos was another dream car inspired by heavy jet aircraft. Atmos drivers didn’t use a steering wheel to pilot this creation. Instead, the Atmos had dual handgrips, and a “Roadarscope.” The Roadarscope was a little before it’s time. It was a radar screen on the dash that would provide highway information.

39.    1994 Mutts Cuts Van

The Mutts Cuts van was made famous by movie characters Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne during the 1994 smash hit Dumb and Dumber. Many vans have drawn inspiration from the Mutts Cutts van since it debuted on the big screen, but none can match the unique appeal the original brought many movie goers.

40.    1951 Bisiluro Tarf

The Tarf was a dream vehicle for racecar driver Pier Taruffi. He wanted to reinvent the race car, so in 1948 the twin-boom car was born. The Bisiluro Tarf was one of the first vehicles to exceed 200 km/h. Its 50 hp 500cc Guzzi V-twin engine was mounted in the right pod. Pier Taruffi raced it many times and had a very successful career with the Bisiluro Tarf.

41.    1958 Ford X2000


While the rocket ship idea was popular in the 1950s, the Ford X2000 was an extreme of the cultural craze. It was so ridiculous, they never used it. According to Stephen Vokins, an automobile historian, “The X2000 was more of a marketing exercise than an attempt at making a concept car.” Ford even made a film called “The Stylist” featuring the X2000 as the dream car.

42.    2001 Toyota Pod

The Toyota Pod was almost life-like. Toyota partnered with Sony and installed artificial intelligence systems in the vehicle. The Pod could create shopping lists and judge the attitude and mood of the driver based on their reactions and their driving. It could even offer helpful advice when it felt a driver’s mood deteriorating. The car would also express its moods via LED lights on the outside and the antenna would wag like a dog’s tail. Toyota labeled it “the car of the future” so don’t expect to see the Pod anytime soon.

43.    2002 Nissan Cube Z11

When people think of “interesting” vehicles, the Nissan Cube might be the first thought on many minds. While the Cube body is boxy as the name implies, the vehicle has performed well and is a favorite for many drivers due to the luxurious cabin and solid gas mileage.

Speaking of Cars…

If you have a car you’re ready to part with, consider donating it to Rawhide Boys Ranch today to give at-risk youth a second chance. We accept all car donations, running or not!

50 Years of Memories: Rawhide Employees Reflect

As Rawhide celebrates 50 years of helping at-risk youth, employees reflect on fond memories from over the years. While our mission is serious, we do try to have fun in the process. 50 years contains more memories than we could possible cover, so here is brief sampling.

UnBEARable Pranks

Joel Walker, Director of Human Resources, recalls one of his favorite memories from the first year of the Starr Academy program. Joel was working as a Senior Residential Youth Care Worker and decided to take the students on a team building adventure. The other youth care workers suggested Joel dress up like a bear to prank the guys. Joel agreed, grabbed the closest thing he had to a bear mask (a gorilla mask), put on dark pants, the fuzziest black sweater he could find, and headed to the woods.

As Joel thrashed through the woods, his co-workers set the stage with comments like: “did you hear that,” and “I wonder if that was a bear.” While Joel created more bear noises, he realized his eyes weren’t adjusting from the fire, and he was having a hard time seeing through the mask. Thinking he had reached the edge of the woods, he got down on all fours and did his very best bear impersonation. Only he forgot about the 5-foot retaining wall between him and the guys.

Joel tumbled down the wall and made noises he described as “a train derailing.” As he rolled into the clearing, he opened his eyes to 12 guys staring down at him and wondering what he was doing. His fellow youth care workers laughing hysterically.
The wall Joel fell down

Inspiring Education

For Ken Price who’s held a few different positions at Rawhide, starting the Starr Academy program is his favorite memory. The day Ken began the program, 12 guys signed up for classes and 10 of those guys graduated Starr Academy with diplomas. Starr Academy has provided quality education to hundreds of guys ever since.

Rawhide horse

A Horse with a Mind of Its Own

Sheryl Dawson, Rawhide Content Marketing Manager, tells her funniest memory from when she first worked at Rawhide as a college student in the 1970s. Rawhide hired college students for the summers to help with adventure camps and administrative tasks. Summer staff arrived a week before the campers to get acquainted with co-workers and the ranch. At that time, staff could ride the horses for recreation. During one of the rides, a Labrador named Sheba ran up and nipped at Sheryl’s horse’s leg. The horse was not amused.

The horse took off with Sheryl in the saddle. Tree branches flew by, whipping her face and arms as the horse continued at a gallop. Verbal and rein commands proved futile in slowing the horse. Jan Gillespie noticed and sent someone on horseback to catch up and control the horse.

While not the most enjoyable, Sheryl reflects upon that moment as the funniest. Her favorite memories include rodeos, pig roasts, songs around the campfires, and getting to know the guys.

Taking the Plunge

Rawhide Director of Education Dan Birr’s favorite memory comes from his time as a house father. On a fall afternoon, Dan called his guys together for a house meeting with instructions to come with a swimsuit and a towel. The weather was anything but warm, and the guys were confused. Once they met in the living room, Dan informed them they’d be doing their very own polar plunge!

Dan took the guys outside, and they sprinted across their yard, jumping into the icy pond located next to their home. Everyone came back shivering but laughing about how much fun they had. When Dan catches up with the guys during monthly calls, they often reflect upon the icy plunge.

Meeting Bart Starr

Rawhide Employees memory of meeting Bart and Cherry Starr

Chief Financial Officer Paul Steffensmeier’s favorite memory came when he met Bart Starr. After an important event for Rawhide, Paul walked up to thank Bart for his participation and said “Hello, Mr. Starr.” Bart immediately turned to Paul and told him to call him “Bart.” Paul interacted with Bart for a short time and realized he was one of the most humble individuals he had ever met.

Paul in back of car with chalk talk check

Check the Vehicle

I am Paul Malcore, copywriter at Rawhide. My favorite personal memory came a few weeks after I started at Rawhide in 2014. Three of us were heading to the 2014 Chalk Talk in Green Bay and had to pick up a novelty check for the event. After looking at the size of the check, we realized there was no way it would fit comfortably in our mid-sized sedan. After a lot of laughing and a little maneuvering, we were able to get the check in the back seat… with me in it. For the rest of the ride I sat under the novelty check, peeking out every so often to provide directions.

Start Your Own Rawhide Memories

These are just a few of the many memories that have blossomed at Rawhide Boys Ranch. You can start your journey to many memories by taking a look at Rawhide’s current job openings. Today is the day to make a difference in the lives of troubled youth.

Open Positions

Spotlight on Rawhide’s Transitional Group Home

Rawhide provides a continuum of care to help troubled youth according to their needs at a given time. Many people have heard of our Summer Adventure Camp and Residential Care Program but are unfamiliar with our Transitional Group Home. Rawhide’s Transitional Group Home is an option for young men who need less supervision and are preparing to live independently or return to a family home. Transitional Group Homes teach life skills to equip guys for success once they return to a community.

Cornerstone Home Transitional Group Home

The Transitional Group Home Difference

While our standard Residential Care Homes focus on helping young men learn the ability to function within healthy family dynamics with self-control and respect for others, our Transitional Group Home teaches skills for integrating in a community. These skills include:

  1. Job interviewing skills
  2. Balancing a checkbook
  3. Interpersonal communication
  4. Budgeting
  5. Cleaning
  6. Cooking
  7. Nutrition
  8. Laundry
  9. Personal hygiene

Rawhide’s group home generally has one youth care worker for every two guys. The low staff-to-resident ratio gives guys individualized attention, allowing for modifications as needed.

Creating a Path for Success

When a Rawhide guy is preparing to transition back into a community, Rawhide helps him realize his personal strengths and set goals. We want to help them succeed on many levels.

  1. Assess Strengths – Rawhide assists each guy in discovering personal strengths that he can leverage for success.
  2. Identify Areas for Improvement – Rawhide constructively identifies behaviors or weaknesses that need improvement in order to succeed.
  3. Set Goals – Rawhide guides each guy through a goal-setting process based on individual strengths. The purpose is to help each guy see their potential for success in creating a productive, healthier life.

Treatment Options

Guys in Rawhide’s Transitional Group Home have access to Rawhide’s other programs that may be beneficial as they prepare for their future:

  1. Rawhide Equestrian Assisted Therapy
    A Rawhide guy is paired with a horse or pony that possesses a personality and temperament similar to his own. For instance, a timid teen is typically assigned a horse who is on the shy side and who will be most effective in supporting his individual treatment. A more outgoing guy might be paired with a bolder horse.
  2. Work Experience Program
    Rawhide prepares guys for workplaces in our Work Experience Program. This program cultivates skills and good work ethics that a young man will need when entering the workforce.
  3. Life Skills Classes
    These classes focus on increasing self-esteem, self-awareness, and appropriate social skills necessary to integrate into a community and work place.
  4. Recreational Activities
    We introduce our guys to a range of athletic activities to show them constructive ways to use their free time. Thanks to generous donors, our guys are able to learn new pastimes and interests that are important to their well-being and chance for a better life.

Help Youth Transition

If you are interested in helping the youth in Rawhide’s Transitional Group Home, consider donating a car, truck, boat, motorhome, RV, camper, or financial donation. All donations fund the programs in our continuum of care.

ADHD: A Growing Concern for Youth and Adults [INFOGRAPHIC]

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) refers to a chronic, bio-behavioral disorder that develops in childhood. ADHD is identified through problems of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and/or inattention and has been linked to difficulty with academics, emotions, and social functioning. Roughly, 6.4 million children are diagnosed with ADHD, making it one of the most common and fastest growing childhood disorders. While the disorder can’t be cured, it can be successfully managed. Successfully managing ADHD encourages healthy development and prevents issues from furthering into adulthood.

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A Growing Concern for Youth and Adults

Over the last ten years, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder rates have increased 42% in American youth. Men have been diagnosed with one of the three forms of ADHD three times more often than women, but only 15% of the population ever knows they have the disorder. Left undiagnosed, the disorder can create problems later in life such as relationship troubles, trouble at work, and forgetfulness. While ADHD does not have a cure, it is manageable. Talk to your doctor for a treatment plan that may consist of therapy methods or medication. With proper management, it is possible to lead a successful life with ADHD.

5 Quick ADHD Facts

  1. 11% of children in the United States have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  2. ADHD has increased 42% amongst school-aged children over the last 10 years
  3. The average age of diagnosis is 7 years old
  4. 12.9% of men will be diagnosed
  5. 4.9% of women will be diagnosed

3 Main Types of Attention Disorder

The medical community recognizes three forms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Primarily Inattentive

Primarily Hyperactive-Impulsive

Combined

Symptoms

  • Recurrent Inattentiveness
  • Inability to maintain focus
  • Child often “Spaces out” or “Can’t stay on track”
  • Impulsive behaviors
  • Inappropriate movement
  • Often the “Class Clown”
  • Most common type of ADHD
  • People with combined experience 6 or more symptoms from Inattentive and Hyperactive ADHD

Strengths

  • Undisruptive
  • Creative
  • High Energy
  • Unique ideas
  • See the world in a different, interesting way
  • Energetic zest for life

ADHD Myths and Facts

Myth Fact
There’s no such thing as ADHD ADHD affects 11% of schoolchildren and has risen 42% over the last 10 years
All kids with ADHD are hyperactive Some children are hyperactive, but some children are inattentive with no hyperactivity
Children will grow out of ADHD ADHD can continue into adulthood and become a lifelong issue
Children with ADHD lack intelligence Many children with ADHD are highly intelligent
Children with ADHD are just disobedient Children with ADHD do not intentionally misbehave. They try their best to behave but often lack control over their actions.

Prevalent Co-Occurring Disorders with ADHD

While 6% of the entire population is affected by ADHD, less than 2% receive treatment. Left untreated, it may lead to other conditions:

  • 41% of individuals have Oppositional Defiance Disorder
  • 22% suffer from Minor Depression/Dysthymia
  • 15% have Generalized Anxiety Disorder

ADHD has increased 42% in teens over the last 10 years. A survey conducted among teens with the disorder found:

  • 25% will repeat at least one grade
  • 35% won’t finish high school
  • 40% have tried alcohol and tobacco at an early age
  • 75% have interpersonal problems

Children with ADHD were more likely to get in trouble and require medical treatment than children without. Children were also:

  • 7 times more likely to be suspended from school
  • 5 times more likely to spend time in a juvenile justice facility
  • 6 times more likely to have confrontational interactions with the law
  • 10% more likely to suffer major injuries
  • 8% more likely to require hospital out-patient treatment
  • 8% more likely to require in-inpatient therapy
  • 7% more more likely to require a trip to the emergency room

ADHD into Adulthood

40%-50% of children struggling with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder will have symptoms persist into adulthood but only 15% are aware they have the disorder. Adults with persisting issues often experience these symptoms:

  • Difficulty with organization
  • Trouble sticking to a job
  • Forgetting appointments
  • Difficulty with daily preparation
  • Often late to work
  • Struggle being productive on the job
  • Failure with education
  • Numerous failed relationships

About 4%, or 10 million, American adults regularly deal with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but only 25% of adults receive treatment.

WARNING SIGNS: When Should You Seek Medical Care?

One in five American children diagnosed with ADHD have not received medicine or mental health counseling for their disorder. If your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms, medication and non-medication based treatments are available.

  • Shorter attention span than peers, requiring frequent teacher intervention
  • Avoiding work that requires sustained attention
  • Excessive daydreaming
  • Hyperactivity or fidgeting
  • Disruptive behavior in the classroom such as persistent moving, talking, or playing
  • Argumentative about completing homework or chores
  • Frequent mood swings or rage

Parenting Tips for Coping with ADHD

DO DON’T
Create Structure

Simple tasks like having your child lay out their clothes or establishing rituals can create structure. Structure can prevent over-activity by creating routine and establishing positive expectations around activities.

Don’t Let your Child or Their ADHD Take Control

As the parent, you decide acceptable behavior in your home. Your child’s ADHD is no excuse for unacceptable behavior. You are the parent, and you establish the rules.

Limit Distractions

ADHD makes it easy to become distracted. Regulate television, smart phone, and computer usage to decrease the risk of impulsive behavior. Increase engaging, outdoor activities to provide an outlet for your child’s built up energy.

Don’t Get Overwhelmed

While not visible, ADHD is a disability and should be treated as such. When you feel angry or frustrated, remember your child can’t simply “snap out of it.” Be patient and understand there’s only so much your child can control.

Break Tasks Into Pieces

Children with ADHD may be forgetful. Consider using a wall calendar to remind a child of their duties. Color coding can prevent your child from becoming overwhelmed and encourage completion of tasks. If your child is struggling with duties, have them focus on small parts of bigger tasks.

Don’t Worry about the Small Stuff

If a child with ADHD completed the majority of a task, don’t push for the other portion to be completed. Everything will be a learning process, and small steps make all the difference.

Treating with Medication

Medication for the disorder can help.

Medication is available in short, intermediate, and long-acting forms with variations on dosage and frequency. For more information about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication, visit your family doctor or pediatrician. If medication is necessary, they will determine the needed prescription, dose, and frequency.

Treating without Medication

While medication is an effective method of managing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, other methods as suggested by a doctor may also work for some people.

  1. Behavioral Therapy
    For younger children, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends behavioral therapy before medication. Behavioral therapy is a type of therapy that replaces poor habits with positive ones, avoiding potentially self-destructing behaviors.
  2. Therapeutic Recreation Programs
    Therapeutic recreation programs may be similar to summer camps or physical activities with behavioral interventions. Many therapeutic recreation programs last all day for several weeks at a time. They encourage behavioral interventions and teach life and social skills.
  3. Examine Overall Health
    Encouraging better diet, exercise, and sleep patterns may decrease hyperactivity or increase energy, depending on your child’s needs. A recent study found 73% of children with ADHD also had a sleep problem. A natural supplement such as Melatonin can correct sleep patterns and help create better behavior. Consult your child’s physician before giving your child any supplements, however.
  4. Use Sensory Integration Techniques
    Children with ADHD may also have sensory integration dysfunction which is an over-sensitivity to environmental sights and sounds, and the brain has difficulty processing the information via the senses. This over-sensitivity to stimuli can cause certain reactive behaviors. A child can learn to self-calm, better engage, and, through the help of an occupational therapist or sensory integration specialist, increase attention.

Success Stories

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder does not have to prevent a successful or productive life. Many successful people share this diagnosis:

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder will look to their parents for reassurance. Talk to your child’s physician to find the right treatment plan and stand by with love, care and affection. Once a plan is in place, take small steps to manage the disorder. With proper management, your child can lead a successful life.

As with all treatment options, we recommend consulting a health care professional before using information contained in this article. This guide is intended to be solely information in nature and not as medical advice.

Donate Car Milwaukee Charities Will Get and Claim Tax Deduction

There a number of reasons why people start thinking about how to donate car to Milwaukee charities. Some people simply have vehicles in their garages that they no longer need or use, and want to find a useful way of getting rid of them, without having to resort to selling. Let’s be honest, selling a second hand vehicle yourself can be incredibly complicated, time-consuming and costly. Not only do you have to make sure that the vehicle is up-to-par so that someone would want to buy it, but you also have to spend time tracking down a viable customer.

But having an unwanted vehicle could mean that you have the ideal car to donate. Not only does a car donation give you that altruistic feeling, it also saves you from the task of seeking out buyers and it provides you with an income tax deduction at the end of the year. So how can you find out how to donate a car Milwaukee charities will gladly receive?

Donate Car Milwaukee Charities

When searching for tips on how to donate a car Milwaukee residents should start by checking information with their local charities to see which are actually capable of accepting a car donation. Learning how to donate a car need not be difficult, but it does require some research on your part. Ask the charitable organization what kinds of vehicles they are capable of accepting, and how they may decide to use it.

Another important part of donating your vehicle, if you want to claim your tax deduction, is to check that the charity itself is IRS-approved as a non-profit organization. If it’s not, then you would not be able to claim a tax deduction.

Once you know the charity that you are going to donate your vehicle to, you can decide whether you would like to save the organization a little extra money in fees by delivering the car yourself. Some charities will collect the vehicle from your residence for you, but it’s worth remembering that hiring a tow truck costs money, and if you’re not paying, the charity is, making your donation less valuable.

Make sure that you also hand over the title to the charity and ensure all documents are appropriately signed to avoid any future complications. Some people prefer to take pictures of both the inside and outside of the vehicle before it is towed away for their records.

Understanding Tax Deductions

The final aspect of learning how to donate car Milwaukee charities will receive, involves understanding the concept of tax deduction. You’ll need to contact the IRS and make sure that you have all of the relevant documents on hand to provide with your tax return. This will include a receipt that you obtained from the charity for your donation, and a copy of the form that shows you have changed the title ownership.

So long as you are cautious when it comes to filing any necessary documents, paperwork and IRS forms, and you keep copies of everything that you may need, you should be able to claim a deduction from your taxable income.

5 Life Changing Reasons to Become Foster Care Parents

When young people experience unstable or abusive home environments and are removed in order to thrive, foster care may be the solution. Foster parents can save a youth from heading down the wrong path and positively impact their future. Becoming a foster parent provides rewards for you and foster children. Here are 5 reasons to become a foster parent.

1.     Create Happy Memories in a Youth’s Life

When a youth enters foster care, he or she may have very few happy memories. You can change that simply by offering what most families share: family dinners, laughter, hugs, or vacations. You also can provide the guidance and compassion children need to find success in life.

2.     Fill an Empty Nest

If your own children have ventured out from the nest to start their adult lives, perhaps you still want to hear the sound of young laughter around the dinner table. Or maybe you’d love to guide other youth. What better way to do that than by becoming foster care parents, especially since you now have years of experience raising your own children and are wiser for it?

3.     Give Back to Your Community

As people reach a certain age or stage in their lives, many seek a way to give back to society, others, or their community. Foster care parenting is one way to do that. Using what you have learned in life or sharing your wisdom to help youth in need is a blessing on both sides. The youth you help will hopefully make better choices as a result of your love, thereby helping your community.

4.     Expand Your Family

If you’re worried about forming a connection with a child only to have them leave, you have the option of adopting him or her. Adoption does depend on court orders, however 49,866 foster care youth were adopted and 54% were adopted by foster parents in 2011.

5.     Provide a Safe Haven for Youth

As a foster parent, you have the opportunity to provide safe shelter for a child who has been neglected or abused. You can watch them develop under your loving guidance and be there for them when they need you most.

A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds. While over 6 million child abuse claims are made in the United States annually, over 3 million reports of child abuse involve investigative reports. Foster parents provide a safe haven from abusive environments and help children:

  • Learn trust
  • Heal from abuse
  • Develop a sense of well-being

Rawhide’s Treatment Foster Care Program   

Rawhide’s foster care program differs from traditional foster care in that it is part of their treatment program including state supervision. The goal is to help transition each guy back to his original home or independent living. The program provides our young men with access to additional counselors, therapists, and Rawhide staff.

The need for foster care parents in this program is also great, and the rewards are equally abundant for married couples. You are still able to:

  • Create Happy Memories in a Youth’s Life
  • Fill an Empty Nest
  • Give Back to Your Community
  • Expand Your Family (set another plate at the dinner table for visits)
  • Provide a Safe Haven for Youth

Rawhide’s foster care program offers guidance, instruction, and support for young men. Programs are less restrictive and Rawhide also offers:

  1. Ongoing training
  2. Access to Rawhide’s professional staff and supervision 24/7
  3. Individual Counseling
  4. Monthly family counseling
  5. Monthly home visits if appropriate
  6. A progress report compiled every six weeks
  7. Faith-based atmosphere

Bruce and Linda Dailey chose Rawhide’s treatment foster care because of the faith-based foundation and ongoing training. “We feel safer with Rawhide. Not only do they provide ongoing care for the boys, but there’s ongoing training for us as foster parents.”

Become a Rawhide Foster Parent

If you would like more information or feel you can create a loving and stable home for youth, consider Rawhide’s Treatment Foster Care Program.

Rawhide Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Helping At-Risk Youth

Half a century of helping at-risk youth and families turn their lives around is something to celebrate. And that’s exactly what Rawhide Boys Ranch did recently with a day-long event, playing host to nearly 700 guests at the Rawhide anniversary party.

Did 50 Years Really Go By That Fast?

“Where did the time go?” wonders founder John Gillespie. “We did not set out to start a boys ranch. We just wanted to help kids.” And help kids they did—approximately 2,000 at-risk youth over the years.  What started out as one large home on 700 acres of land now encompasses six youth homes, barns for therapy animals, a cafeteria, and a school.

Beginning with Bart and Cherry Starr, numerous donors have made it possible over the last 50 years for Rawhide to make a difference in young lives and families. The 50th Anniversary Celebration was to thank those donors, celebrate Rawhide’s longevity, and welcome alumni back to the ranch.

“I was here in the late 1990s and lived in the Lodge. It’s so great to be here for the 50th party. A lot of staff has changed, but the people, their hearts, are still the same,” commented alumnus Dale. “Rawhide will always be home to me.”

Fun, Friends, and Festivities

Festivities started at 10 a.m. on September 19, 2015 and ended with a special program from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Activities throughout the day included horse-drawn carriage rides, guided tours, a petting zoo, wood-shop demonstration, rock-wall climbing, scavenger hunt, live music, and a good ol’ BBQ lunch.

Wagon rides at Rawhide's 50th anniversary celebration

A few well-known individuals attended, such as Bart Starr Jr., Chuck Woolery from TV’s Love Connection dating show, and Congressman Reid Ribble to name but a few.

Guests streamed in and out throughout the day. Many alumni reconnected with other guys who were here at the same time and their house parents as well. Lots of smiles, hugs, and laughter all around.

Bart Starr Jr., Reid Ribble, Chuck Woolery at Rawhide anniversary celebration

How Rawhide Grew Since 1965

Rawhide Anniversary Infographic

Here’s the timeline of Rawhide’s growth.

1965 The Lodge was converted to 1st Rawhide Boys Home; 10 boys and the Gillespies take up residence
1972 2nd Boys home, the Hotel, was constructed over the cafeteria and 10 boys take up residence
1982 3rd Boys home, the Cornerstone Group Home, was built.
1991 Snap-On Auto Center opened thanks to Snap-On Tools Co. of Kenosha, WI. Young men receive work experience training in auto maintenance and minor repairs.
1992 4th Boys home, the Smith Home, was built thanks to the Kimberly Clark Corporation and becomes home for 10 boys.
1993 Pennau Prep Center & Schrodt Production Center opened; funded by the Dick and Audrey Pennau family, former owners of Oshkosh Pepsi Bottling Co., and Ivan and Mary Schrodt. Young men receive work experience training as they detail and process donations.
1995 5th Boys home, the WATDA Carriage Building and Home was built. The 2nd floor was home to 10 guys, and the ground floor features a visitor’s center including a gift shop, Bart Starr Museum, and administration offices.
1997 Small animal barn was built; funded by Hillshire Farms Corporation of New London. Young men learn to care for small animals such as donkeys and Shetland ponies.
1998 6th Boys home, the Aylward Home, was built;  funded by Aylward Family Foundation
John J. & Ethel D. Keller Education Center (funded by Jack and Ethel Keller of J. J. Keller and Associates in Neenah, Wisconsin) and Starr Academy opened. Students receive individualized education from state licensed teachers.
Chester L. Krause Fieldhouse opened; funded by Chester Krause, founder of Krause Publications, Iola, WI. Starr Academy has basketball and track & field teams that compete with other schools. Various other activities take place in the Fieldhouse which reinforces positive peer relationships.
1999 The ABC home was built to replace the Hotel Home. The Hotel was renamed the Frontier Café and houses human resource offices on the second floor. The ABC house was named in recognition of the long-standing partnership between Rawhide and the Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin (ABC).
2000 7th Boys home, The Gillespie Home, was built and also funded by the Aylward Family Foundation. Named after Rawhide’s founders, the home can accommodate up to ten boys and their staff.
2001 R.E.A.P. (Rawhide Equine Assisted Program) Complex opened; funded by Mike and Cindy Sheldon of Antigo, Kathleen Searl of Fond du Lac, plus other individuals and businesses.
2002 Thompson Education Center opened for outpatient youth and family counseling services; funded by Chester L. Krause, Thrivent Financial, and Frank C. and S. F. Shattuck.
2004 Starr Academy adds five classrooms, a fine arts auditorium, and student activity center
2011 Youth Service Train Station opened. This building consolidates all youth services including counseling, training, and supervision.

What began as a simple wish to help troubled youth is now celebrating a 50-year history of helping thousands of at-risk youth in Wisconsin communities. Let’s clink our glasses and raise a toast to the fine men and women, donors, volunteers, and most of all God who made this happen. May we be able to celebrate another 50 years in 2065.