Children, Youth and Families

Dane County Youth Commission

Projects and Programs

The Youth Commission engages in the following activities to achieve its vision:

  1. Youth Assessment—In collaboration with area schools and funding partners, the Commission conducts a county-wide assessment of students in grades 7-12. The most recent Youth Assessment was released in 2015. Data from the Assessment is used by policy makers, schools, law enforcement, social agencies and researchers to plan programs, develop policies and seek funding to better serve youth in Dane County.
  2. Youth Governance ProgramYGP is a partnership between Dane County and UW Extension. YGP participants serve on county committees as advisory members. The goal of YGP is to promote youth leadership, provide learning opportunities about local government and public service, and to bring youth voice to community issues while fostering the development of confident, capable and independent leaders for the next generation. The Youth Commission relies on YGP to provide perspective on policy and program issues.
  3. By Youth For Youth Grants—In collaboration with the United Way, Oscar Mayer, Inc. , the City of Madison and the Megan Crowley Fund, the Youth Commission supports this youth-led project that provides grants up to $3,000 for projects developed by youth for youth throughout Dane County.
  4. Service—The Youth Commission supports and advocates for Youth Resource Centers and the other member agencies of the Youth Resource Network in their efforts to provide services that promote positive youth development, build youth assets and prevent risk behaviors.