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Oneida County Youth in Governance Programs

  • Since 2006, Teens Active in Government (TAG) has one representative and one alternate to the county board and one county committee from each of the three school districts of Lakeland Union, Rhinelander and Three Lakes. The six selected members of the county board are involved in the following county board committees: Ag & Extension Education, Land and Water Conservation, Public Health, Emergency Services and Tourism. TAG members have been guests on a 4-H weekly radio show and newspaper and television have provided coverage of the youth’s involvement.
  • In May, 2009 two Oneida County teen court sites were approved by the judges and implemented by Winkler. Five young people were selected for the Rhinelander site and nine students for the Minocqua site. Youth offenders were recruited from a plea in Juvenile Court and referral by the presiding judge. Twenty-six cases have been handled by teen court members. 81% of offenders realized they would be accountable for the actions and 75% said they appreciated the opportunity. 74% of parents of youth offenders  were very supportive of the teen court approach as a means of helping their sons/daughters.
  • Representatives and alternates from three school districts began serving as representatives to the Oneida County Board of Supervisors in October 2006. They are appointed to committees including tourism, land conservation, forestry, and solid waste. Adult board members seek youth input on a range of issues such as the needs of tourists.
  • Five Rhinelander High School students each conducted a nominal group process on health issues for about 12-15 middle school students representing Rhinelander and Three Lakes School District students. Healthier school lunches and more after school activities for area youth were the identified priorities. The school board has adopted the initial plan.
  • Extension led a teacher and 3rd-5th grade students through a planning process for an environmental education facility, for which the youth have demonstrated ownership by committing to work days.
  • 4-H is working with a group of high school students who just finished doing a legislative forum for an assembly at the high school and a community one to encourage young people and community members to get out and vote. They also organized a community forum on school issues. Election officials reported 18-year-olds participating in spring county elections for the first time in memory.
  • WORD Oneida County Impact Report (1 pg, 66.5 kb)

 

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