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Outcomes – Rawhide Success Rate

Rawhide Success Rate

A study done by Dr. Frank Cummings, a Clinical Psychologist, documented Rawhide success rate at 73% for producing sustained positive outcomes in the lives of court-referred youth six months after discharge. The tool used was the Youth Outcomes Questionnaire (Y-OQ), which measures a wide range of behaviors, situations, moods, and interpersonal relations which commonly apply to troubled teenagers.

This rate mirrored a study conducted earlier by the Department of Corrections, which demonstrated that Rawhide achieved a 77% success rate in helping boys become responsible members of their communities through no further incarceration.

And, 83% of youth placed by the Department of Children and Families have improved permanency after experiencing Rawhide’s unique family-centered environment.

Rawhide Program Evaluations

Upon discharge from Rawhide, each student’s social worker or placing agent receives a Program Evaluation Form. Feedback and comments from these forms help us to improve our programs, as well as provide the youth and family with quality service. Below is an overview of how social services professionals view Rawhide programs and services.

These numerical results are just one measure of Rawhide’s success in changing lives. Sometimes we meet the needs of youth by responding to the needs of those who are victims of natural disasters. Rawhide youth have been busy responding to individuals and local governments who have been victims of storms. It is encouraging to hear back from community leaders and individuals who have worked with Rawhide youth in times of distress such as a natural disaster. Below are a few comments we have received from local communities and individuals. Please realize it would not be possible to help others without your partnership in supporting Rawhide programs.


“On July 14, 2010 our community was hit by heavy storms and we received a considerable amount of damage. The next day I received a call from the About Face team offering assistance in the clean-up. Your crews did a fantastic job and your services are greatly appreciated.”
– Don Resch, Clerk, Town of Hutchins, WI


“Thank you so much for all your help with cleaning up my yard from the natural disaster on July 20th in Wittenberg. Thanks for your generous nature and may God bless you!”
– Diane Lamich, homeowner affected by recent storms


“Rawhide Boys Ranch came to the aide of many of the Winnebago County’s special needs population. The daunting task of clean-up was overwhelming to many and with your assistance, recovery became reality. Your work is very appreciated by many.”
– Linda Kollman, Winnebago County Emergency Management


Each note is confirmation the young men are positively impacting communities across Wisconsin and experiencing their own change. These results confirm that each young man’s stay at Rawhide has a positive impact on their future.