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About Face Service Corps

Rawhide’s About Face Program is based on the family living model. Living units are staffed with live-in Houseparents and Resident Youth Care Workers. About Face is a success driven, intensive residential program for young men ages 11-18 years old with an emphasis on behavioral change through involvement in community service projects.

High standards are set for youth, challenging them to continually improve. 90 or 120-day programs are designed to help students build character while experiencing the satisfaction of giving back through regular community service projects. Youth go through a two-week rotation of attending school at Starr Academy, Rawhide’s on-campus private school, and helping with community service projects.

Young men involved in the About Face Service Corps learn about moral values, integrity, honor, courage, self-discipline, hard work, loyalty, and selfless service to others through the following avenues.

Community Service Work: Youth learn to serve others by helping low income families and non-profit organizations including Habitat for Humanity, homeless shelters, food pantries, local park and recreation projects, and disaster relief. Youth serve local Wisconsin communities.


Counseling and Therapeutic Services: Youth work with a licensed Social Worker or Professional Counselor who provides individual and family counseling with an emphasis on transitioning back into the home communities. Youth participate in weekly groups addressing criminal thinking errors, anger management, and positive social skills.


Youth have the option to participate in Rawhide’s CHAPS Equine-Assisted Services: Equine-Assisted psychotherapy pairs horses with people to overcome emotional issues and trauma. Students have the opportunity to work with the horses as part of their individual, group or family sessions of the equine-assisted service.


Occupational Therapy: Through a thorough assessment process, youth can participate in OT services on a weekly basis with both an Occupational Therapist and a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant.


Academics: Starr Academy, an accredited school, works with youth on improving their basic academic levels in English, math, reading, science, and social studies. Youth also participate in elective activities each week and the option of participating in Rawhide’s basketball and track teams.


Moral and Religious Training: Youth attend a community church that teaches morals and values. Youth can voluntarily participate through daily study and meditation.


For more information, please contact us or call us at 1-888-745-7445.