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 individual life strategies with group life skills education, chemical dependency support groups, mental health support groups, and hands-on-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.
Individual Life Strategies
- is highly personalized for Red Wing High School and Red Wing Alternative High School students, aged 15-18, who are most at risk of not graduating from high. Life Strategies is partnering with youth in a thought provoking and creative process. Our youth workers inspire youth to overcome fears, identify values, set goals and take action in their life. The primary goal of coaching is to increase leadership ability, engagement and personal awareness. The support, education and case management that occurs during the mentoring process will allow the youth to have a support system in place that assists with academic counseling, mentoring, academic enrichment activities, tutoring, career awareness and exploring, and financial literacy education.
The Independent Living Skills
- 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. 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. Currently 35% of youth that have participated in our independent living skills program, that would previously not have graduated high school, are actually enrolled in college.
Bling N’ Blue Jeans is the retail store that Red Wing Youth Outreach owns and operates. Students in this program complete a rigorous curriculum of independent living skills as well as individual social enterprise education.
Mental Health Support Group
A partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has lead us to the development of our mental health support group. NAMI has provided Red Wing Youth Outreach’s staff and youth with training to facilitate our own youth peer-to-peer support group. This group is highly attended by seniors and recent college enrollees. We are very interested in expanding this service to younger students.
Chemical Dependency Support Group
Red Wing Youth Outreach offers a chemical dependency youth peer-to-peer support group that allows youth to open up in a safe environment and discuss how alcohol or drug use has affected their lives. A research based, cognitive-behavioral group program through Hazelton’s Teen Intervene is being used as an outline for this support group.
Big City Mountaineers
- a transformative outdoor experience for youth ages 13-18. 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.