Y-AP in Wisconsin

Where are good examples of Y-AP in Wisconsin?

Many Wisconsin 4-H educators and volunteers have striven to design and implement quality Y-AP.  This session provides you with the opportunity to learn directly from your colleagues.


Kenosha County: Involving Youth on Boards: Core Elements of Program Design: This case study indicates that effective initiatives are characterized by five core design elements (clear role expectations, a welcoming environment, adults who use effective assistance strategies, board involvement with youth governance, and time for relationship building) and that each core element can be implemented in different ways depending on local circumstances. (Collura and Zeldin, 2010, 9 pages.)

Optional follow-up to Kenosha County case study from Extension: Youth Participation in Local Government: Youth Outcomes of the Kenosha County Youth In Governance Program.  This report includes the results of a three-year evaluation of youth outcomes, including findings in civic engagement, skill development, and implications for quality programming. (Calvert,de Montmollin, Winnett, 2014, 32 pages.)

Oconto County: Promoting Community Assets through Y-AP:  This case highlights ways that youth and adults can work together to promote community assets. Young people and adults have different perspectives and talents. When they work together, great things happen. (Gauley, 2013, 2 pages.)

Buffalo County: Youth-Adult Partnership on Community Coalitions: This case highlights Y-AP in a community coalition setting. The example from Buffalo County, Wisconsin, demonstrates foundational aspects of Y-AP, including best practices for decision making procedures, and making sure that young people have opportunities to work with a variety of adults. This case is especially useful for organizations looking to develop formalized partnerships. (Gauley, 2013, 2 pages.)

Iron County: Planning for Sustained Youth Engagement: This case describes key elements necessary to prepare for sustained Youth-Adult partnerships. The example from Iron County, Wisconsin, highlights a large-scale effort to make the County a youth-friendly place to live. The county has been working for several years to identify ways to include youth and young adults in community decision making – with a focus on community planning and development. This case is useful for anyone interested in how Y-AP can benefit large-scale community change initiatives. (Gauley, 2013, 2 pages.)