Application Process

Selection begins via a nomination process. Nomination forms are sent out to all Dane County high schools, home-school youth-serving entities, and all youth-serving organizations. Nominations can be made by a school faculty/staff member, home-schooling parent/adult teacher, or other adult connected to the youth. Nominations for the 2018-19 cohort are due to Dane County UW-Extension staff by Friday, February 9th, 2018.

2018 YGP Nomination Form

YGP Nominee requirements:

  • Dane County residents who will be in grades 10-12 in fall of 2018.
  • Ability to commit 8-10 hours per month for YGP responsibilities, including attending 2-3 weeknight meetings each month. Regular attendance is essential.
    • Most meetings start between 5:15 and 6:00pm, and last approximately 1½ hrs.
    • Involvement in sports or multiple extracurriculars may conflict with being able to commit to YGP.
  • Strong interest in community engagement
  • High level of maturity
  • Good communication & self-expression skills
  • Responsible, dependable, & self-motivated
  • Positive attitude
  • Interest in developing skills in leadership, professionalism, and working with adults
  • Transportation to/from committee meetings in Madison (find info on meeting locations here)

YGP seeks to recruit a cohort that reflects Dane County’s diversity in every form including geography, race, ethnicity, gender identity, ability status, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, and all other identities. All Dane County youth are encouraged to apply.

YGP nominees are strongly encouraged to attend a standing committee meeting before they decide whether to apply to YGP. Please find more details about attending standing committees here. All standing committee meetings are open to the public to attend and observe.

Nominated youth will receive a YGP application with short-answer questions regarding their objectives for participating in Youth Governance Program. The application includes a written recommendation from an adult involved with the youth (teacher, guidance counselor, parent/caregiver/guardian, etc).

Dane County UW-Extension staff will conduct an initial screening of the applications, and work with the Dane County Extension Committee to schedule and conduct brief interviews with screened applicants. Applicant finalist recommendations will be sent to the County Board Chair for official appointment. Youth members will be notified of their appointment in April, and begin orientation and training for the program in May.

Youth representatives are officially inducted into the program in June with a formal Pinning Ceremony at a meeting of the Dane County Board of Supervisors. After the Pinning Ceremony, the youth members begin their appointment and start serving on their assigned committees.



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  • Standing Committees