By Youth For Youth

By Youth For Youth (BYFY) is a unique volunteer opportunity for Dane County high school youth to be impactful leaders in their community. BYFY members identify critical issues impacting youth in Dane County, establish funding priorities, review grant proposals, and recommend funding from County and City grants to support projects developed and implemented by youth to serve youth.

What is BYFY?

BYFY is a volunteer committee of Dane County high school students that make investment decisions to support youth-led programming in Dane County. BYFY is organized by UW-Madison Dane County Extension and supported by the Dane County Youth Commission, City of Madison, and United Way.

“BYFY is a program where youth are given the opportunity to impact their community by funding different youth programs in the area. It’s a great program to be a part of and helps you understand the needs of our community along with helping others.” – Past BYFY Member

“BYFY is an opportunity to work as part of team to fund youth-led social justice projects in Dane County. The program lets you gain experience in evaluating grant proposals and making funding decisions, which is a very impressive thing to have on your resume as a teen. BYFY is an incredible way to have an impact on issues you care about.” – Past BYFY Member

2022-2023 BYFY Committee Application – NOW OPEN!

If you are a high school youth in Dane County and are interested in applying for the 2022-2023 BYFY Committee, please submit your application here.

  • Applications are due: September 23, 2022
  • Applications are reviewed: September 26-28, 2022
  • Applicants are notified: September 29 – 30, 2022

BYFY Committee meetings typically are on Monday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm from mid-October to the end of April (with no meetings over winter/spring break and holidays). There is a hybrid of virtual and in-person meetings, with transportation assistance available as necessary. You can preview the schedule here.

Applications for the next grant funding cycle will be available in October of 2022.  If you are a school or youth organization interested in joining our outreach list for 2022-2023 to receive updates about the grant application, please submit your contact information here.

  • Important Dates:
    • Grant application opens: October 25, 2022
    • Applications are due: December 23, 2022
    • Applications are reviewed: January – March, 2023
    • Applicants are notified: March – April, 2023
    • Awards Ceremony: April 24, 2023 (location TBD)
  • Grant Qualifications:
    • You are a youth, youth serving organization, and/or school located in Dane County
    • The program or project serves K – 12 youth in Dane County
    • You have a non-profit status or fiscal agent (if you do not have a fiscal agent, please still submit your grant. We will attempt to identify a fiscal agent if your proposal is selected)
  • Grant Requirements:
    • The program or project can happen outside of Dane County, as long as the program or project serves K – 12 youth from Dane County
    • Youth must be included in the project planning, proposal writing, and/or project execution
    • Youth applicants, youth organizations, and schools can request up to $3,000
    • Youth applicants, youth organizations, and schools can submit more than one proposal

Contact Staff

Taylor Seale, UW-Madison Division of Extension

Nathan Beck, City of Madison

BYFY Partners

Thank you to our partners! By Youth For Youth is a collaboration between:

  • UW-Madison Division of Extension, Dane County Positive Youth Development
  • City of Madison Department of Planning & Community & Economic Development
  • Dane County Department of Human Services/Dane County Youth Commission
  • United Way of Dane County

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