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 20 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. In 1993, 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 outreach worker, year-round programming and a development coordinator. Currently, we serve 75 youth in a number of capacities.

Meet our staff!

Mandy Arden

Mandy Arden is one of the Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders case managers. 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. Mandy has also volunteered with Goodhue County Social Services. She currently volunteers with River Valleys Girl Scouts, Connecting Connections, and as an elementary classroom helper. Her leadership achievements include serving 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.

 

Aimee Clites

Aimee Clites serves as the Individual Life Strategies case manager within Red Wing High School and Tower View Alternative High School.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Youth and Family Studies and her Master’s degree in Human Services from the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, MN.  Aimee has experience working with youth of all ages within the public school system in Minnesota.  Her passion is to reach many youth from different walks of life, meet them where they are at, and come alongside them as they make and achieve goals for staying on track to graduate high school and transition into adulthood successfully.  Aimee is excited to have a positive impact on the youth she serves not only for the student’s benefit, but for the sake of transforming the city of Red Wing, MN.

Meet our board!

Jay Tauer – Youth Outreach Board President, Global Sourcing Manager, Red Wing Shoe Company

  •  Executive Committee
  •  Finance and Fund Development Committee

Lori Nicolai -  School Social Worker, Goodhue County Education District

  • Executive Committee – Past Vice President
  • Programming Committee
  • Big City Mountaineering Committee

Brian Peterson - Planning Director, City of Red Wing

  • Board Charter Member
  • Executive Committee - Treasurer
  • Finance Committee

Steve Anderson - Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, Red Wing School Board Member

  • Board Member

Cheri Baldwin - Child Protection Social Worker, Goodhue County Social Services

  • Programming Committee

Jinny Rietmann - Area Manager, Workforce Development, Inc.

  • Program Committee
  • Human Resources Committee
  • Independent Living Skills Advisory Board

Charles Richardson - Richardson Law Office

  •    Finance Committee

Mallery Dosdall – Red Wing Shoe Co.

  • Marketing Committee

Elise Knapp 

  • Executive Committee - Secretary
  • Programming Committee
  • Human Resources Committee

Jamie Lang – School Social Worker, Twin Bluff Middle School

  • Programming Committee

Dan McMahon – Police Officer, Red Wing Police Department

  • Programming Committee

Danielle Rice – Woodruff Sweitzer

  • Executive Committee - Vice President
  • Marketing Committee

Dave Riegelman – Retirement Planning Consultant, Transamerica Retirement Solutions

  • Finance and Fund Development Committee
  • Human Resources Committee

Shelley Hull – Red Wing Shoe Co.

  • Marketing Committee

 

 

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