Our Programs

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

Prepares opportunity (at-risk) youth for the workforce and post-secondary education and ensures more economic sustainability in the Red Wing area. This result is met by combining mentoring with life skills education and work experience. Youth Outreach’s Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders works closely with local organizations to ensure that all youth are identified and receive similar opportunities as youth that are not at-risk. The synergy between our organizations will lead to a powerful partnership impacting the economic sustainability of youth in the Red Wing community. As a team we can be leaders in quality programming that addresses the pressing issue of our youth not being educated or prepared for the workforce.

Mentoring at Red Wing High School and Twin Bluff Middle School

The Mentoring Program is designed to involve the Red Wing community in our approach to connecting and impacting the lives of youth. Staff facilitate in-school mentor sessions for volunteer mentors to meet with students two times a month.  These sessions include a large group activity, large group discussion on intentional conversation topics that are age-level appropriate, and time for youth and mentors to connect one-on-one as well. The heart of this program is to help bridge the gap for students who feel disconnected from their community, by providing another caring adult in their life to help them navigate middle school, high school, and transition successfully into early adulthood.  We utilize ARISE curriculum in our mentor sessions and teach social and emotional learning skills to help our youth grow stronger in their relationships with their peers, family, and community. Mentoring is offered at Twin Bluff Middle School, serving grades 5-7 and at Red Wing High School, serving grades 8-12.

 

Independent Living Skills

The Independent Living Skills Program provides youth with information to help them as they go out into the world. The program is designed for 16-21 year old participants who need help with the transition process from high school to college and/or career. The program consists of a 12-week independent living skills group, followed by individual case management. Youth will attend life skills groups facilitated by Youth Outreach staff and community volunteers. The topics that will be covered include: financial aid assistance, post-secondary education, apartment living/dorm life, money management, emotional intelligence, team building, healthy choices, relationship building, social etiquette, study habits, supportive connections, job readiness and work experience.

Big City Mountaineers

Big City Mountaineers is a transformative outdoor experience for youth ages 14-18. Red Wing Youth Outreach is the lead area agency for recruiting and arranging this exciting opportunity for area youth. Participants will be given the opportunity to experience day trips in canoeing and other outdoor activities in preparation for an eight day expedition into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. This activity helps youth gain self-esteem and self-sufficiency skills related to living independently and having the confidence to think about their future.

We believe that this balanced approach is the best way to prepare opportunity youth for the future, not only for their benefit, but also for the benefit of the Red Wing community.

 
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