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About Rawhide Youth Services

At Rawhide, we’re on a mission to transform lives. And at its heart, it’s a mission of belief. Belief in the potential of the youth we serve. Belief in the outcome we can help them realize. It’s a faith-fed commitment to love and serve those who need us most. Rawhide is where faith, compassion and commitment meet to provide healing therapy, counseling and skills development for hurting young men and women.

Rawhide Youth Services is a faith-based 501(c)(3) recognized charity that offers a full array of programs for at-risk youth and their families throughout Wisconsin. We offer leading outpatient mental health services and prevention-based programs for both young men and young women, and residential therapy and counseling for at-risk young men. The Rawhide team is dedicated to helping teen and young-adult girls and boys find the healing and develop the skills to lead healthy, responsible lives. And we’re proud to have played an integral role in truly transforming the lives of thousands of youth since 1965.

Our Mission

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


Rawhide was founded in 1965 by John and Jan Gillespie with the help of NFL Hall of Fame Legend Bart Starr and his wife Cherry. We have a unique, rich story that will inspire you. Read on to learn more about our history.


We are led by a voluntary board of directors who are responsible for governing the objectives of Rawhide. The board is comprised of professionals, business leaders, educational staff, and counseling professionals who help effectively lead Rawhide.

Rawhide’s regional Advisory Councils are comprised of voluntary community leaders in a particular region who advise, consult and assist the Rawhide leadership team with identifying and meeting the unique needs of at-risk youth in their communities.

Our executive team is made up of professional staff that lead distinct objectives at Rawhide surrounding youth services, education, work experience, administration and fund development. Most of these staff have been serving Rawhide for over 10 years.

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If you are interested in a rewarding position where you can help contribute to Rawhide’s future and impact the lives of at-risk youth and their families, please review our current job openings.