Every Hand Joined: The Power of Collective Impact
Red Wing businesses, nonprofits, city and county government, schools, foundations, and parents gathered in 2012 to address an alarming trend in our community: Our young people are increasingly unprepared for the 21st century economy that is demanding more from them.
What we have discovered is a wake-up call for Red Wing: About 40 students don’t graduate from our high schools, which has a huge impact on their lives. For instance, they won’t be able to apply for the 70% of Minnesota jobs that will require a post-secondary degree by 2018; they each will miss out on earnings potential of $2,182,000 over their lifetimes. We also learned that local businesses are looking outside of Red Wing for employees who have a higher level of education and skills, and they will increasingly do so.
So how do our young people get the support they need on a path to a meaningful career?
It starts with kindergarten readiness, and then with success in third grade reading, and then understanding eighth grade algebra, and earning good high school grades so they can get into college or technical training programs. This path also requires healthy families, after-school programs, extracurricular activities, and positive role models and overall, a community that sees and catches them when they falter.
For a bright future for our kids and Red Wing, we must support our kids and teens from cradle to career with academic, social and emotional support.
The Partner Table
We pledged to combine our talent and know-how so our young people can succeed in this 21st century economy.
- Chap Achen, Partner Table Co-Chair – Sr. Director, Business Process Innovation, Red Wing Shoe Company redwingshoes.com
- Joe Jezierski, Partner Table Co-Chair – Director of Teaching and Learning, Red Wing Public Schools rwps.org
- Melanie Ahrens – Global Finance Manager, 3M 3m.com
- Karsten Anderson – Superintendent, Red Wing Public Schools rwps.org
- Nina Arneson – Director, Goodhue County Health and Human Services co.goodhue.mn.us/172/Health-Human-Services
- Suzanne Blue – President & Owner, Sturdiwheat & Chair, Red Wing Area Fund sturdiwheat.com www.redwingareafund.org
- Rich Bodensteiner – Owner, Automated Equipment autoequipllc.com
- Sean Dowse – Mayor, City of Red Wing red-wing.org
- Steve Gudgell – Chief Administrative Officer, Mayo Clinic Health System mayoclinichealthsystem.org
- Kirby Hanson – Teacher and Union President, Twin Bluff Middle School rwps.org
- Carrie Heimer – Director of Human Resources. Red Wing Shoe Company redwingshoes.com
- Pam Horlitz – Community Engagement Specialist, Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing mayoclinichealthsystem.org
- Yanelis Jinete – Agent, Farmers Insurance https://agents.farmers.com/mn/red-wing/yanelis-jinete
- Anne Jones – Vice President, Jones Family Foundation jonesfamilyfoundation.org
- Scott Jones – President, Jones Family Foundation jonesfamilyfoundation.org
- Kay Kuhlmann – Council Administrator, City of Red Wing red-wing.org
- Ross Lexvold – Manager, Community Relations & Economic Development, Xcel Energy xcelenergy.com
- Larry Lundblad – Interim President, Minnesota State College Southeast southeastmn.edu
- Dan Massett – Regional President, Merchants Bank merchantsbank.com
- Mike Melstad – Executive Director, Red Wing Family YMCA redwingymca.org
- Maureen Nelson – Executive Director, United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties uw-gwp.org
- Roger Pohlman – Chief of Police, City of Red Wing red-wing.org
- Stephanie Rogers – Director, Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies andersoncenter.org
- Mark Urdahl – President & CEO, Red Wing Shoe Company redwingshoes.com