DANE COUNTY’S YOUTH GOVERNANCE PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Applications are currently being accepted for Dane County’s Youth Governance Program (YGP) – a program that provides area high school students with real-life experience working as a member of a county committee.
For the 2020-2021 school year there are up to twelve spots available for youth to participate. The program allows youth to serve on a county committee while developing life skills and youth-adult partnerships.
The program began in 2012, and since its inception approximately 90 Dane County students have participated in the program, which is facilitated by the UW-Madison Extension Dane County office.
“It is becoming increasingly more important for youth to engage in government – specifically local government” noted County Board Chair Analiese Eicher (District 3). “The County provides a wide variety of services that impact every resident – including youth. Understanding how the various departments and processes work lays a great foundation for the young adults of Dane County” she continued.
Students are paired with a County Board member and serve on either a committee of the County Board or on a board or commission, such as the Food Council or the Park Commission. Youth members have a non-binding advisory vote but are given the same opportunities for committee participation and involvement as elected County Supervisors.
The application requirements include:
Dane County residents currently in grades 9-11 (who will be in grades 10-12 in fall of 2020)
Ability to commit 6-8 hours per month for YGP responsibilities, including attending 2-3 weeknight meetings each month. Regular attendance is essential.
Most meetings start between 5:15 and 6:00pm, and last approximately 1½ hrs.
Due to the time frame, involvement in sports or multiple extra-curricular activities may conflict with ability to commit to YGP
Strong interest in community engagement
High level of maturity
Good communication & self-expression skills (or willing to develop)
Responsible, dependable, & self-motivated
Interest in developing skills in leadership, professionalism, and working with adults
Transportation to/from committee meetings in Madison (bus passes are available)
(find info on meeting locations at bit.ly/YGPcmte)
For more details about the Youth Governance Program, please visit: https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/youthgovernanceprogram/
Applications are due no later than March 6, 2020, the application form can be found here: https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/youthgovernanceprogram/files/2020/01/2020-YGP-Application.pdf