About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide intervention, life-skills education and mentoring for adolescents at risk of facing serious challenges in their healthy transition to adulthood.

RWYO programs are proven to have a positive impact on the attitudes and decision-making skills of our community’s youth. Help us fulfill our mission!

Our History

For over 25 years, Red Wing Youth Outreach has played a unique role in the Red Wing community as an agency that not only works with students in school, but after-hours as well.

In 1992, the Red Wing Community Advisory Team, a coalition of local agency representatives and business, school and city leaders assembled to address chemical abuse problems among the youth in our community.

The coalition determined that the chemical abuse problems persisted because the conditions contributing to them persisted. The group determined that a local youth-worker program was needed to counter-balance disengaged parents, broken homes and negative adult influences. Red Wing Youth Outreach was born.

Our first outreach worker was made possible thanks to a grant by the Red Wing School District, the City of Red Wing and the Minnesota Department of Education. In 1997, we added a second outreach worker and established offices in the schools. We incorporated as a nonprofit in 2003 and since than have expanded to include a third and fourth youth outreach worker, year-round programming and a full time director. Currently, we serve 200 youth in a number of capacities throughout Goodhue and Wabasha Counties.

 

Meet our staff!

Mandy Arden

Mandy Arden is the full time Director. She is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors. She has studied psychology at California Southern University, professional child day care at Professional Career Development Institute and accounting at Minneapolis Business College. Her past experience with youth includes work at the Minnesota Correctional Facility as a corrections officer, Youth Enrichment League as an extracurricular activities teacher and the Ark of Bethany Church as a teacher. She currently sits on Every Hand Joined’s Youth Enrichment Network and College and Career Readiness Network, is a member of the Safe Harbor Protocol Team and the Leaders Partnering to End Poverty Initiative. Mandy has also volunteered with Goodhue County Social Services. River Valleys Girl Scouts, Connecting Connections, and as an elementary classroom helper. She has served as a board member for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, HOPE Coalition, Chemical Health Initiative and a committee member of Goodhue and Wabasha County Homeless Response Teams.

 

Chelsea Will

Chelsea Will is a case manager for the Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders program. She earned her Bachelor of Art Degree at UW-Eau Claire in Criminal Justice with a minor in American Sign Language.  She has past experience working with youth at the Eau Claire Juvenile Detention Center and working in Intervention Services as a Case Manager for high risk youth, and as a Resident Counselor and Lead Staff at a group home for behavior based youth. Chelsea is dedicated to help encourage kids to take responsibility for their life and actions and help them discover the resources they need in order to succeed. She enjoys building a rapport with youth so they know that they can depend on her for support.

 

 

 

Kali Robinson

Kali Robinson is one of Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders case managers for the Wabasha County area. Her main focus of study in college was Psychology. Kali has a great passion for working with youth. Kali participated in The Big Brother/Big Sister program in 2001. She also volunteered at College For Kids for four consecutive years. She is driven to help youth in all aspects of their lives, wherever they may need assistance.  She has focused her career primarily in human services. Kali has worked in mental health, chemical dependency, and with individuals with physical and mental disabilities. She is well versed in understanding federal and state funded programs. Kali is very much family oriented and believes in offering youth the same support that she so deeply believes in. She believes in meeting youth, where they are, on an individual basis in order to assist them with self -growth.

 

 

 

Jenna Reuter

 

Jenna Reuter will serve as the Mentoring Coordinator at the Red Wing High School. In this role Jenna will coordinate mentor matches between community volunteer mentors and Red Wing High School students in grades 8-12. Jenna received her Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Metropolitan State University School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. Jenna served at the Red Wing Correctional Facility for almost 4 years. She spent her first 2 years as a correctional officer and the last 2 working in the school as the administrative assistant. She is an alumni of Youth Outreach and experienced the benefits when she was younger. She has a strong passion for helping youth and wants to help make a change in the community.

 

 

Lori Nicolai

School Social Worker- Goodhue County Education District

Youth Outreach Board Member- President

Youth Outreach Committee Membership

Executive Committee

Programming Committee

Big City Mountaineering Committee

lanicolai@redwing.k12.mn.us


Jinny Rietmann

Area Manager, Workforce Development, Inc.

Youth Outreach Board Member- Vice President

Youth Outreach Committee Membership

        Executive Committee

Human Resources Committee

jrietmann@wfdi.ws


Brian Peterson

Planning Director, City of Red Wing

Youth Outreach Board Member- Treasurer

Youth Outreach Committee Membership

        Executive Committee

Finance Committee

brian.peterson@ci.red-wing.mn.us


Jamie Lang

LSW, M.Ed. School Social Worker for Twin Bluff Middle School

Youth Outreach Board Member- Secretary

Youth Outreach Committee Membership

 Programming Committee

jmlang@rwps.org


Jay Tauer

Red Wing Shoe Company-Global Sourcing Manager

Youth Outreach Board Member

Youth Outreach Committee Membership

Finance and Fund Development Committee

jay.tauer@redwingshoes.com


Steve Anderson

Youth Outreach Board Member

School Board Liaison

sjanderson@redwing.k12.mn.us

 

Amy Merschbrock

Goodhue County Social Services – Parent Support Outreach Program Social Worker

Youth Outreach Board Member

Youth Outreach Committee Membership

Programming Committee

amy.merschbrock@co.goodhue.mn.us

 

Mallery Dosdall

Demand Planning Manager, Red Wing Shoe Company

Youth Outreach Board Member

Youth Outreach Committee Membership

        Marketing Committee

mallery.dosdall@redwingshoes.com

 

Dan McMahon

Police Officer, Red Wing Police Department

Youth Outreach Board Member

Youth Outreach Committee Membership

        Programming Committee

dan.mcmahon@ci.red-wing.mn.us

 

Charles Richardson

Lawyer, Richardson Law Office

Youth Outreach Board Member

Youth Outreach Committee Membership

        Finance and Fund Development Committee

chasor@pressenter.com

 

Dave Riegelman

Retirement Planning Consultant-Transamerica Retirement Solutions

Youth Outreach Board Member

Youth Outreach Committee Membership

Finance and Fund Development Committee

daveriegelman@hotmail.com

 

Shelley Hull

Graphic Design Manager, Red Wing Shoe Company

Youth Outreach Board Member

Youth Outreach Committee Membership

        Marketing Committee

Shelley.hull@redwingshoes.com

 

Red Wing Youth Outreach Committee Members

 

Rhonda VanSchoonhoven

Goodhue County Court Services – Adult Probation Officer

Past Youth Outreach Board Member, President, and Secretary

Youth Outreach Committee Membership

      Programming Committee      

rhonda.vanschoonhoven@co.goodhue.mn.us

 

 

 

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