Red Wing Youth Outreach Programs are vital instruments in the shaping of many of our community's youth, but they also help shape the whole community. If we can mold youth who might otherwise slip through society's cracks into successful, productive adults, we begin to set up a pattern of success that all of Red Wing can enjoy for generations.
Inspiring Tomorrow's Leaders
Inspiring Tomorrow's Leaders prepares at-risk youth for post-secondary education and the workforce by combining individual life-coaching with group life-skills education and hands-on work experience. By setting our youth up to succeed, we will ultimately help ensure economic stability in the Red Wing community.
The program focuses on working with at-risk youth who have dropped out of school, are in danger of dropping out of school, are homeless, and are criminally delinquent or currently involved with Goodhue County Social Services.
Big City Mountaineers
Big City Mountaineers is a national program locally implemented by Red Wing Youth Outreach. The program mentors under-resourced urban teens through transformative outdoor experiences to enrich lives, broaden horizons and instill critical life skills.
As the lead area agency for the program, RWYO makes BCM possible for our community's youth by recruiting volunteers and organizing the details. Participants experience day trips where they learn canoeing and other outdoor skills in preparations for an eight-day expedition to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Many of the participants might never have an experience like this otherwise, and the results speak for themselves.