Prevention, Outreach & Intervention
We build brighter futures for youth in Sheboygan, Manitowoc, and Brown Counties, Wisconsin
RAYS Youth Services is a voluntary, community-based program open to all youth between school-age and 21 years of age. The program is designed to help prevent homelessness and decisions to become a runaway, while navigating youth through the process of transitioning to successful, healthy, and independent living via preventative outreach, education, and other critical resources. RAYS meets all youth where they are at within the community, using a trauma-informed perspective to build coping/social emotional skills, positive adult connections, and strong connections to their community. Ultimately, as a result of the program, youth within the community have increased opportunities to remain in a stable housing situation, build and maintain healthy relationships, and successfully transition into adulthood with a stable foundation of necessary independent living skills.
Programs and Services
Non-Clinical Counseling Support for Teens Individually or Families
Confidential, no-cost, and voluntary short-term non-clinical support counseling 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.
- One-on-One Mediation – Weekly goal-focused, strength-based sessions for individuals 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. 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.
Helping families understand diagnoses, parent-child relationships, improve communication skills & behavior, connecting families with area resources. For more information about this service click HERE.
We provide and collaborate with housing options for youth in crisis.
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.
We would love to collaborate with other organizations to support youth in a variety of settings. If you represent a school or organization and are interested in collaborating with us, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
- Referral Form: HERE
Other Ways to Connect
General Email & Fax
Email: [email protected]
Fax: (920) 458-5670
24-Hour Help Line
For Sheboygan & Manitowoc Counties: 1337 N. Taylor Dr. Suite 201B Sheboygan, WI 53081
For Brown County: 1061 W. Mason Street Green Bay, WI 54303
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Financial gifts support the outreach, education, and crisis support for youth we serve. You can donate HERE, or visit our visit our wish list on Amazon.com.