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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.

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Chap Achen
Co-Chair

Red Wing Port Authority & Red Wing Shoe Company
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Joseph L. Jezierski
Co-Chair

Director of Teaching and Learning
Red Wing Public Schools
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Karsten Anderson
Superintendent
Red Wing Public Schools
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Nina Arneson
Director, Goodhue County Health and Human Services
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Lisa Bayley
President
Red Wing City Council & Bayley Law Office
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Suzanne Blue
Chair
Red Wing Area Fund & Sturdiwheat
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Rich Bodensteiner
General Manager
Automated Equipment, LLC
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Dr. Dorothy Duran
President
Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical
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Pam Prochaska
Manager
Community Relations & Economic Dev., Xcel Energy
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Pam Horlitz
Community Engagement Specialist
Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing
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Anne Jones
Vice-President
Jones Family Foundation
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Scott Jones
President
Jones Family Foundation
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John Kern
Community member volunteer
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Dan Massett
Regional President
Merchants Bank
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Mike Melstad
President & CEO
Red Wing Family YMCA
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Charley Nelson
Executive Director
Every Hand Joined
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Maureen Nelson
Executive Director
United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties
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Roger Pohlman
Chief of Police
City of Red Wing
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Dr. Thomas Witt
President & CEO
Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing

Finance Committee

  • John Kern – Chair – Community member volunteer
  • Karsten Anderson – Red Wing School District
  • Suzanne Blue – Red Wing Area Fund
  • Marissa Dille – Red Wing Shoe Company
  • Joe Jezierski – Red Wing School District
  • Scott Jones – Every Hand Joined
  • Charley Nelson – Every Hand Joined
  • Elaine O’Keefe – Red Wing Family YMCA

Governance Committee

  • Chap Achen, Jr. – Chair – Red Wing Shoe Company – Red Wing Port Authority
  • Joe Jezierski – Red Wing School District
  • Anne Jones – Every Hand Joined
  • Scott Jones – Every Hand Joined
  • Dan Massett – Merchants Bank
  • Mike Melstad – Red Wing Family YMCA

Communications Committee

  • Charley Nelson – Chair
  • Rachelle Cobb – Every Hand Joined
  • Beth Kelly – Red Wing High School
  • Jill Mehrkens – Community Member Volunteer
  • Linda Thielbar – Community Member Volunteer

Data Committee

  • Joe Jezierski – Co-Chair – Red Wing School District
  • Rachelle Cobb – Co-Chair – Every Hand Joined
  • Sheila Beckner – Burnside Elementary
  • Beth Borgen – Red Wing School District
  • Mallery Dosdall – Red Wing Shoe Company
  • Yanelis Jinete – Farmers Insurance
  • Cherie Johnson – Goodhue County Education District
  • Deanna Voth – Every Hand Joined