Youth Homelessness
Red Path Program

Red Path: Independent Living Skills Service

Red Path is a free Independent Living Skills (ILS) service for youth ages 16 to 21 who are currently in or have aged out of care, including:

  • Foster care
  • Residential treatment
  • Group homes
  • Other types of residential care services

We support youth with growing their independent living skills, transition planning and case management to help them transition from care to living on their own. Participation in Red Path is voluntary.

LSS Red Path Offerings

Independent Living Skills (ILS) Group Training

Youth meet weekly to discuss topics such as:

  • Budgeting and finance
  • Juvenile justice
  • Healthy relationships
  • First impressions
  • Renters education
  • Sexual health
  • Diversity

Transition Planning

We provide one-on-one case management and individual transition planning services for youth that will age out of care into independence.

Leadership & Community Development

We offer monthly retreats for all of the youth Red Path serves. The retreats focus is on developing healthy peer relationships, learning about topics that are relevant to the group and participating in service learning projects.

Where We Serve

Red Path services are offered throughout the Brainerd Lakes area, including the following counties:

  • Aitkin
  • Cass
  • Crow Wing
  • Mille Lacs
  • Morrison
  • Todd
  • Wadena

Get Started

If you are interested in participating in Red Path ILS, call us at 888.828.4383.

We also accept referrals from:

  • Case workers
  • Probation officers
  • Therapists
  • Teachers
  • Other caring adults.

Additional Resources

MN Department of Human Services
MN DHS: The Healthy Transition and Homeless Prevention (HTHP) Program 
MN DHS: The Chafee/SELF Program

Funding for this program is provided in part by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.


Red Path Independent Living Skills