Youth In Government

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. 


What are the benefits of Youth in Government programs?

The Extension Youth in Government Impact Report on youth in government programs show proven benefits of getting youth involved in local government. 

Recent Testimonials

Click here for recent testimonials from the 2019-2020 Brodhead youth participants and here for recent testimonials from the 2019-2020 Monroe youth participants.

Additional Learnings…

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. 

Interested in participating or learning more?

Click here for more information about the Brodhead youth in government program and here for more information about the Monroe youth in government program.

How are Youth in Government programs established?

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. 


Questions? Contact:

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Victoria Solomon
Community Resource Development Educator
Extension Green County
608-328-9440          Email:  victoria.solomon@wisc.edu

 

 

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Ellen Andrews
4-H Youth Development Educator
Extension Green County
608-328-9440          Email:  ellen.andrews@wisc.edu