Runaway & Youth Services (RAYS)

Prevention, Outreach & Intervention

Support and services for youth (ages 10-21) in Sheboygan & Manitowoc counties

Foundations added the RAYS (Runaway & Youth Services) to its programs in  2021. RAYS works to improve the network of support to both youth and their families through confidential and voluntary crisis intervention and referral services.

Each year, nearly 30,000 Wisconsin families are confronted with a crisis – a teen runaway. We help young people and their families navigate through these difficult times.

Goals

  • Provide at-risk youth with the skills and tools they need to succeed
  • Provide basic need items
  • Prevent family dissolution
  • Promote self-sufficiency
  • Strengthen families

Programs and Services

Youth Shelter Referrals

Collaborate with youth & parents to offer shelter options for youth.

Youth Groups

Sessions focused a variety of skills (life, social, emotional, and coping) with the goal of successful independent living at age 18.

Mediation

Confidential, no-cost, and voluntary short-term mediation is available for both youth and their families. RAYS compassionate staff works alongside participants to resolve conflict, help set goals, provide guidance, and encouragement as they work toward positive, life-long habits. Note: Mediation is focused on helping participants making decisions to help them resolve a specific conflict. Mediation is not a replacement for counseling.

  • One-on-One Mediation – Weekly goal-focused, strength-based sessions for individuals aged 10-17 (18 if still in school) run for up to 10 weeks. RAYS staff works with the young person to set goals and work toward resolution. One-on-one mediation is tailored to each individual’s needs and can take place at the student’s school, at RAYS or even virtually.
  • Family Mediation – Mediation is also available to families who need help working through challenges with their children aged 10-17 (18 if still in school). These sessions can take place in the family home, at RAYS, or virtually. Sessions are scheduled once per week for up to 10 weeks. Families work to identify their own mediation goal.
  Common mediation topics include:
  • health relationships
  • boundaries
  • coping with stress
  • self-esteem
  • anger management
  • life skills
  • social skills
  • peer conflicts

Drop In Center

A fun, safe environment to hang out with peers, receive help with homework, work on life and social skills, and get a meal or snack.

Youth Food/Hygiene Pantry

Food and basic hygiene items are available at no cost to youth.

Youth Outreach

Asking for help is difficult for anyone, especially teenagers. That’s why we have street outreach teams who connect with young people in the places they normally gather. It’s our way of letting them know that we care about their safety and well-being.

Educational Programs

RAYS offers informational presentations and group workshop opportunities to schools, community organizations, churches and businesses on a variety of topics.

Dress Boutique/Career Closet

Clothing available for job interviews or formal occasions.

*All services are offered at no cost to youth and their families.

Contact

RAYs by Foundations

Jackie Baumgart, RAYS Program Manager

Runaway & Youth Services
816 8th Street, Sheboygan, WI
Phone:  (920) 458-7100
Fax:  (920) 458-5670

 

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