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Youth in Governance

Resources and Funding

Youth in Governance Mini-Grants are available through the support of the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation. For more information and application deadlines, contact Matt Calvert.

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Previous Mini-Grant Recipients

Pepin County 4-H provided training and support for youth joining UW-Extension Committees. In January 2005, the Pepin County Board added youth positions to one board committee.

Washburn County 4-H Youth Development provided training and support for youth joining County Boards. Three youth representatives have been attending the monthly county board meetings and have participated in discussions with the adult supervisors. While the youth voice a vote which is reported in the media, their vote isn't counted in the final total.

The Rusk County Youth Development Partnership Council partnered with UW-Extension to put on a Youth Voices in Community Action and Governance Day. The youth were taught about local governing bodies. They were also taught how to plan out a presentation for a chosen issue and developed action plans.

Kenosha County produced an educational video for their Youth as Resources program. In 2005, the Youth as Resources program completed its first granting cycle by issuing funds to three youth groups.

Green Lake County held a youth-adult retreat for their 4-H Leader Board. Fifteen 4-H youth and adult leaders benefited from activities that promoted shared decision making. The retreat also included a visit from an adult and youth from the Marathon County 4-H Leader's Board.

Sawyer County organized a youth-led community forum on methamphetamines which was attended by 90 youth and 110 adults, including Lac Courte Oreilles tribal leaders. Youth and adults are leading follow-up efforts with ministers and other community groups.