Area Youth Programs

SW MN Private Industry Council

Vision: To work in partnership to ensure that all youth have access to the services they need to become self-sufficient adults.

Mission: To guide the coordination of services that fully develop the employment potential of youth in Southwest Minnesota.

Available Services

  • Paid work experience at no cost to employers
  • Job Keeping and Seeking Assistance
  • Career Exploration and Assistance
  • Post-Secondary Education Assistance

Eligibility Guidelines

Any student in our residing in our fourteen county service area that is 14-21 years old who meets established guidelines may be considered for services. Eligibility is determined by gross family income, UNLESS an applicant falls into one or more of the following categories:

  • Recovering Chemically Dependent
  • In Foster Care
  • Emotionally or Physically Challenged
  • Current IEP on File with School
  • Eligible for/or receiving Food Stamps
  • MFIP Recipient (family)
  • Receiving Social Services and/or Group Home Services
  • Attending Alternative School
  • Currently on Probation
  • Pregnant or Parenting Youth
  • Limited English Speaking
  • Runaway Youth
  • Homeless Youth

Applications are available from local school counselors, teachers, county family service agencies, probation officers, or by contacting your local WorkForce Center.

Community Education Programs for Kids

All Community Education programs in the five county area provide year round recreation and classes for youth.

Class examples include: arts & crafts, gardening and games, computer, scrap booking, science experiments, cooking, aerospace, Spanish, math-science activities, beginning crochet, band, robotics programming, ceramics, and dance.

Recreation examples include: archery, golf, swimming, baseball, T-ball, softball, tennis, gymnastics, floor hockey, basketball, volleyball, soccer, weight training, wrestling, intro to horses, summer fishing, and football.

Big Stone:




Clara City

Lac qui Parle Valley






Lac qui Parle:


Lac qui Parle Valley

Yellow Medicine:

Granite Falls


Boys Scouts of America Clubs

Trailblazer District
District Executive - Ryan Wilfahrt

Scouting has a program for you! Check out the offerings below. To talk with Trailblazer staff member Randy Steil, call 320-214-7301

For immediate access to local Cub Scout information in your neighborhood, visit our Joincubs website which allows you to find a pack using your zip code or the name of your son's school.

Program Descriptions

Scouting offers a range of age-specific programs designed for boys from 6 to 21, and girls from age 14 - 21.

Cub Scouts is for boys ages 7 – 10 (Grades 1 – 5)

Boy Scouts is for boys ages 11-17 (Grades 5-12)

Venturing is for young men and women ages 14-20. Venturing's focus is on special avocations or hobbies.

Cost of Scouting

Membership with the Boy Scouts of America is a prorated national fee of $10 per year. Scholarships are available so that cost is not a barrier to participation. Members are also encouraged to subscribe to "Boy's Life" magazine, an award-winning publication for only $12 per year for 12 issues.

There are other costs, shared by a combination of chartering organizations, the Northern Star Council on behalf of the greater community, units themselves through fund-raisers, as well as parents and youth members. Unit Leaders

Scouting is a volunteer-led program. Parents and the organizations who charter (sponsor) Scouting groups select the leaders who they would like to work with their children. Many tools are available to assist unit leaders be effective and enjoy their experience including training, monthly workshops (roundtables) and a tremendous amount of printed and online literature.

Becoming a Volunteer

Scout Leaders have the opportunity to work with young people and their families, improving your community by enriching participants' lives through fun-filled, worthwhile programs that teach values. By making the commitment to serve as a leader, you can help make a positive difference in the kind of adults they will become and build a better future for our nation.

Starting a Scout Group

Community-based organizations receive national charters to use the Scouting program as a part of their own youth work.

Recruiting Materials

Support for current unit leaders to extend Scouting

The most important element of the Scout Roundup is to ensure that every boy is extended an invitation to join Scouting. Our goal is to enroll prospective Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Webelos and Boy Scouts into existing packs and troops; to enlist parent participation as unit leaders and committee members; and to organize new units to take care of boys in areas we are not currently serving

Cities Served:

Atwater, Bellingham, Bird Island, Canby, Clara City, Clarkfield, Cosmos, Danube, Dawson, Echo, Granite Falls, Grove City, Hanley Falls, Kandiyohi, Kerkhoven, Litchfield, Madison, Maynard, Milan, Montevideo, New London, Olivia, Porter, Raymond, Renville, Sacred Heart, Spicer, Watson, Willmar

Girl Scouts of America

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys
400 Robert Street South
St. Paul, Minnesota 55107-2214
(651) 227-8835 or (800) 845-0787 - Local Toll Free Phone
Web Site:

Become a Girl Scout

Find your Girl Scout grade level:

Girl Scout Daisy: Grades K-1 Get to know yourself and others as you participate in fun, enriching activities.

Girl Scout Brownie: Grades 2-3 Expand your horizons and become a team player. Try new things together!

Girl Scout Junior: Grades 4-5Share your growing skills with the larger community. Explore new ideas and challenge yourself.

Girl Scout Cadette: Grades 6-8Learn healthy life skills with friends old and new.

Girl Scout Senior: Grades 9-10Become an advocate in the community, mobilize others, and solve problems creatively.

Girl Scout Ambassador: Grades 11-12Refine leadership skills, increase your independence, and plan for your future.

Join in the fun

From camp to cookies, outreach programs to career literacy, there are many ways to get involved in Girl Scouts. Check out all of our fun, enriching activities.


Girl Scout camp  Explore nature, swim, go horseback riding, do arts and crafts, and more. Go for a day, a week, or longer. You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to attend — all girls are welcome.

Cookies and fall product  Earn money to fund troop activities. Develop your money-management skills at the same time.

Outreach programs & events  Give back to the community with these troop- and council-sponsored initiatives.

Career exploration  Discover your passions and prepare for life after high school with mentorship, and events like Law Day and Girls Rock the Capitol.

Cultural discovery  Learn about diversity, pluralism, and inclusiveness by being part of the largest international organization for girls in the world.

Financial literacy  Learn money management skills through the Girl Scout Cookie Program Activity, the premier entrepreneurship program for girls.

Healthy living  Build skills to keep your body healthy, mind engaged and your spirit alive. Participate in Uniquely ME! self esteem-building activities and more.

Leadership progression  Set goals, build team spirit and communication skills, and develop problem-solving techniques. Work toward grade-level awards in the Girl Scout Leadership Journeys.

Outdoor awareness  The earth is your home—explore it! Go to camp, participate in our Forever Green Take Action Project, and work towards outdoor education awards.

Badges and awards  Earn activity badges and service awards. Not sure where to place badges on your uniform? Check out our diagrams.


Awana helps churches and parents work together to develop spiritually strong children

Big Stone County

New Life Community Baptist Church
605 Minnesota St N
Ortonville, MN 56278-1241
(320) 839-3440

Active clubs and programs:
Cubbies, Sparks, T&T, Trek
Web site:

Chippewa County

Community Bible Church
1117 Benson RdMontevideo, MN 56265-1107
(320) 269-7500

Active clubs and programs:
Sparks, T&T
Web site:

Lac qui Parle County

Cross Roads Lutheran Congregation
2948 180th Street
Dawson MN 56232
(320) 905-2309

Active clubs and programs:

Swift County

First Evan Free Church
900 13th St S
Benson, MN 56215-2043
(320) 843-3521

Active clubs and programs:
Cubbies, Sparks, T&T, Journey

Evangelical Free Church
301 N 7th St
Kerkhoven, MN 56252
(320) 264-3346

Active clubs and programs:
Cubbies, Sparks

Yellow Medicine County

Swan Lake Evangelical Free
300 E 4th St
Cottonwood, MN 56229
(507) 423-6697

Active clubs and programs:
Cubbies, T&T, Trek

Minnesota Youth Program

The Minnesota Youth Program (MYP) is a state-funded program providing work experience and academic enrichment activities to economically disadvantaged and at-risk youth between the ages of 14 and 21 in all 87 Minnesota counties.

Participants have additional services available to assist them in areas such as developing work maturity skills, writing a resume and learning how to interview for a job, problem solving skills and counseling and support services.

MYP youth services are provided through a network of 16 Workforce Service Areas (WSAs) that are responsible for designing and implementing services that meet the needs of youth residing within their area. In addition, local service providers work with other public and private nonprofit agencies in their area to coordinate and deliver high-quality, cost-effective services to individual participants as needed.

Services available under MYP include (but are not limited to):

  • Alternative school services
  • Adult mentors
  • Paid and unpaid work experience
  • Occupational skills training
  • Leadership development
  • Supportive services
  • Follow-up services
  • Comprehensive guidance & counseling
  • Summer jobs

For additional information on the Minnesota Youth Program, contact:

Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council
Minnesota WorkForce Center
Lyon County Government Center
607 West Main Street
Marshall, MN 56258
Juanita Lauritsen, Executive Director
Phone: 507.53736987
Fax: 507.537.6997