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Dane County Youth Governance Program now accepting applications for new school year

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Dane County’s Youth Governance Program (YGP) provides area high school students with real-life experience working as a member of a county committee.

The Dane County Youth Governance Program (YGP) will be accepting applications for the 2024/2025 cohort from Friday, May 17 until Friday, June 28.

The program, for students who will be in grades 10-12 in fall of 2024, encourages students to engage in county government decision-making, provide a youth perspective for local projects and community issues, and gain the skills necessary for a new generation of active leaders and professionals.

“The Youth Governance Program offers an excellent opportunity for young individuals to develop skills in teamwork, professionalism, and local government administration,” said Supervisor Brenda Yang (District 19). “It’s thrilling to witness the next generation of leaders in action.”

YGP participants have the same opportunities for committee participation and involvement as elected county supervisors, with the distinction that their vote is advisory and non-binding. Students are required to participate in at least 75% of in-person and virtual YGP meetings, and 6-8 hours of YGP work per month.

Applicants will be notified about their application this summer, and accepted individuals will subsequently prepare for orientation and appointment to a Dane County Board committee for the September 2024-May 2025 school year.

For more information on application requirements, program structure and expectations, click here.