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 youth in a number of capacities.