The Youth in Government (YIG) programs are dedicated to providing an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in a real-life educational experience. Service in the YIG programs provides youth with an opportunity to develop practical leadership and problem solving skills, increase community awareness, and participate in representative government.
Communities in Green County are showing leadership in developing YIG programs. The City of Brodhead and the City of Monroe have both developed YIG programs, becoming some of the first cities in Wisconsin to do so.
The purpose of YIG is to create a model of youth empowerment within Brodhead and Monroe through direct participation in local government. The overall goal is to bring the youth voice to community issues and concerns while fostering the development of confident, independent, and motivated youth leaders.
The Extension Youth in Government Impact Report on youth in government programs show proven benefits of getting youth involved in local government.
The 2018-2019 youth in government program had ten youth participating. As a result of the orientations…
- 87% of the youth felt more prepared for their role as an appointed youth member to their local government.
- 75% of the youth learned about additional areas of local government operations that they were interested in expanding their knowledge or skills.
The 2017-2018 school year was the third year of the Youth in Government program in Brodhead and Monroe, with a total of nine youth participating. As a result of their experience in the 2017-2018 program…
- 100% of responding youth participants reported increased understanding of how local government works and how policy is developed.
- 85% of responding youth participants reported increased willingness to consider the ideas of others even if they are different than their own.
- 57% of responding youth participants reported that they are willing to consider running for office in the future.
Is your community interested in establishing a youth in government program? Check out this Establish a Youth in Government Program report for more information. You can also view information on all of the Youth in Government programs in Wisconsin on this website.
Community Resource Development Educator
Extension Green County
608-328-9440 Email: email@example.com
4-H Youth Development Educator
Extension Green County
608-328-9440 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org