Community Youth Development

You(th) All Belong

About Community Youth Development

Division of Extension programming historically focuses on civic engagement in its adult and youth programming in order to empower audiences on issues of concern for their own lives, local communities and the state as a whole.  Youth programming as conducted within the Institute for Positive Youth Development utilizes the experiential learning model and Youth-Adult Partnership in order to Teach.  Learn.  Lead.  Serve.  

Ongoing Community Youth Development priorities to both conceptualize change and design/implement approaches could include a variety of cross programming collaboration, organizational change pilots based on Y-AP dimensions and Rock County conversations organized around Youth Program Quality Assessment Standards.  These opportunities for partnership inform strategies to enhance existing PYD programming and Y-AP in practice as well as create as needed both within organizations and across community coalitions.

It’s all about the roles youth, adults and organizations play in answering the question ‘What is Purpose?’

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You can read more about UW-Madison, Division of Extension programming statewide in Community Youth Development here

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    Back to Basics When I drive to work in the morning, I eye the lane changes that continue to change in the construction zone.  For too many months, this route was blocked entirely.  It was frustrating.  My alternate route had many more obstacles, stoplights, and in general felt too slow.  I was grateful my preferred […]
  • Youth-Adult Partnership Spotlight-Summer 2022 June 23, 2022
    This week was the official start to summer.  It was a hot one and it was full of another kind of heat, ‘sparks’.  In Positive Youth Development we talk about how sparks “give a young person a sense of direction and encourages goal setting.”  June 21 was one of two Spark Days held by Division […]
  • 4-H Means Belonging. Belonging Means All Youth June 6, 2022
    June is Pride Month  The Department of Instruction cites “Wisconsin’s LGBTQ students reported higher rates of depression and suicidal thoughts than their peers” according to the Youth Behavior Risk Survey.  Belonging is a key aspect of 4-H.  We are grateful for our community partners and the work they do to keep youth safe and connected […]
  • 4-H Camp is back 2022 & Adult Volunteers Needed!! April 14, 2022
    4-H Camp families, we have a wonderful opportunity and need your help! The reality is, until April 15th, the state hadn’t given approval to allow us to hold our Rock County 4-H Camp (with overnights) in 2022. With this opportunity, our challenge is that without enough 4-H Adult Volunteers, we will not be able to […]
  • Diversity Action Team Program-Inside the Diversity of Asian America March 25, 2022
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  • Create your Educational Action Plan JUNTOS! March 24, 2022
    What is an Educational Action Plan? It is a plan to guide our steps and actions to follow so that we reach our educational goals. You can identify the small goals in order to reach the large goals. Ask yourself: What is the educational goal you want to achieve? What are the actions needed to […]
  • Youth-Adult Partnership Spotlight-Spring 2022 March 21, 2022
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  • 4-H Trailblazers! February 18, 2022
    Meet the people of 4-H who are breaking down barriers, creating change, and inspiring others. As educators, community activists, industry experts, innovators, and leaders, these 4-H trailblazers are paving the way for generations to come.  To commemorate Black History Month, join us in celebrating these trailblazing youth, alumni, and supporters who have cre […]
  • February is Black History Month  February 11, 2022
    Chris Clover is learning from youth around the state and the country.   Learn more about Black History here: UW Madison events  National 4-H […]
  • 4-H Needs YOU to be YOU | 4-H necesita que tu seas tu | 4-H xav kom Koj yog Koj February 11, 2022
    Have you heard about Chris Clover and the Wisconsin 4-H Movement? Hopefully, you have and are ready to join in on Chris Clover’s next adventure. This time it’s all about YOU. We hope you’ll help us learn something new through the “We Want You To Be You Shirt Design Challenge.” The Challenge:  We’re excited to […]