Offering hope for young men struggling with behavioral, mental and emotional health.
Rawhide’s community-based youth counseling provides a safe space for young men and women to talk about how they feel without fear of judgment.
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Since 1965, our mission has been one of belief.
Young men often lack trust in the system when they arrive at Rawhide for the residential care program. And sometimes, they lack trust in the families who’ve raised them. Our positive, structured environment helps rebuild that trust—in themselves and others—by focusing on mental health, building upon personal strengths and teaching responsibility.
Our teen residential treatment gathers young men together in homes run by house staff, who demonstrate healthy relationships, faith and respect for others. From basic hygiene to coping skills for challenging moments, youth learn essential, healthy behaviors that prepare them for success back in their communities.
Most youth who arrive at Rawhide are behind academically and credit deficient with little hope of graduating high school. At Starr Academy, highly trained staff develop individualized education plans to meet our youth where they are and help them reach a level where they can, not only graduate, but succeed in a life where they’re never again held back by their education. Starr Academy is fully accredited by the Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation (WRISA).
Our therapists focus on the many dimensions of life: spiritual, cognitive, behavioral, emotional and social. They work with youth and often their families to provide customized therapy that heals and promotes positive behaviors.
Our therapists help youth learn about self-regulation, using cutting-edge, evidence-based, sensory therapies. They teach youth to understand what their body needs and build physical and mental strength in a safe environment—skills that can then be used in everyday life situations.
For some youth, spending time with a horse can help break down barriers, allowing them to work through trauma and overcome emotional issues. Our CHAPS Equine-Assisted Therapy program creates that safe, judgment-free zone and builds trust—not just with the horse but also between youth and therapist.
About Face builds character, integrity and self-discipline. This immersive, hands-on, residential program emphasizes behavioral change through community service projects, such as landscaping, construction and disaster relief. Youth who attend our 120-day program also take classes at Starr Academy on a two-week rotation.
Set on a 714-acre campus along the Wolf River in New London, Wisconsin, Rawhide’s headquarters is like its own small community with residential homes, classrooms, a barn and horse stables, an auto repair shop, a café and more. Its peaceful, rural setting provides a comfortable place for youth to heal and reflect on what they’d like their lives to be like and who they can become.
Wondering if Rawhide is a good fit for your youth? Want to learn more about the programs and services available? We’re always happy to talk. Or check out our frequently asked questions.
This residential program is available only for court-referred young men; parents cannot directly place their youth into this setting.