2016-17 Youth in Governance Representatives
Front row: Disheka Moore, Health & Human Development; Aubrey Novak, Government Services; Achintya Krishnan, Finance & Human Resources; Alice Pennings, Economic Development & Land Use Planning; David Scholzen, Finance & Human Resources. Back row: Abram Fabela, Economic Development & Land Use Planning; Samantha Penzkowski, Public Works, Parks & Facilities; Hunter Ostergaard, Public Works, Parks & Facilities; Kealy Marnell, Government Services; Olivia Spaight, Health & Human Development.
See past participants.
What do we mean by “Youth In Governance?”
Youth and adults working together in positions of authority to make decisions and take action to strengthen organizations, communities and society.
Why is it important?
Over 2,000 Wisconsin residents came together in county-based conversations on youth development. They identified two top priorities which emphasize public support for the role of youth in building healthy communities and a vital democracy:
- Create a culture in which youth are equal partners in decision making and governance.
- Encourage youth community service and civic involvement.
Data from a 2010 Search Institute study, “Developmental Assets: A Profile of Your Youth – Racine County Schools,” documented that only 20 percent of youth living in Racine County perceive that their community values youth; and only 24 percent believe that youth are given useful roles in the community. These results were among the lowest of all the assets measured and were lower than similar assets measured at a national level. In direct response to these results, the Racine County Board of Supervisors created the Racine County Youth In Governance program in 2013.
- Youth volunteers have a voice in decisions that affect them.
- As youth become stakeholders and change agents in communities and organizations, they bring perspectives, knowledge and relationships that lead to better decisions and more productive action.
- Youth In Governance promotes positive outcomes among youth. It teaches the skills of active citizenship such as understanding how decisions are made and how to organize, plan, and communicate.
- Our civil society is strengthened when youth become informed and thoughtful citizens. Young people with skills, knowledge, commitment, and experience can reflect upon the common good, become full members of their communities, and take political action.
The Youth In Governance program consists of a maximum of 10 youth participants. No more than two youth will serve on a committee. The requirements to participate in the Youth In Governance are:
- Must be a high school freshman, sophomore or junior at the time of application
- Must have a GPA of 2.5 or greater on a 4.0 scale
- Must be a Racine County resident
- Must be able to attend the committee meetings, typically occurring once or twice a month
Committee meetings are held in a professional, formal manner, based on Robert’s Rules of Order. Each youth member will have a non-binding advisory vote on the committee. The youth members will be included in all open session discussions and votes at the committee level, but will not participate in portions of a meeting which are held in closed session. Youth will not participate in debate during a full County Board meeting; however they may participate in the public comment period, as any citizen would. Youth members will not be paid a stipend or mileage for attending meetings.
1. Youth must be nominated for the Youth in Governance program (see nomination form below.)
2. Youth nominees will receive a Youth in Governance application to complete along with a written reference form. Applicants must send the completed application, along with the written recommendation, by the deadline. The application consists of basic contact information, school, GPA, and questions about their intended objectives for the Youth In Governance program and how the program will increase their civic awareness and leadership skills.
3. The Government Services Committee of the Racine County Board will review the application materials and interview selected youth applicants. The committee will recommend up to ten candidates to the Racine County Board Chairman for official appointment.
2017-18 Youth in Governance Nomination Form (to be completed by an adult) DEADLINE: February 10, 2017
2017-18 Youth In Governance Application Form (Sent to youth who were nominated.) DEADLINE: March 3, 2017
Racine County Youth In Governance 2016-17 Handbook (revised 5/9/2016)
Racine County Youth in GovernanceRacine County UW-Extension 209 North Main Street, Burlington, WI 53105 262-767-2929 262-767-2949 fax 711 Wisconsin Relay firstname.lastname@example.org
Racine County Youth In Governance is a program of Racine County Board of Supervisors in partnership with Racine County UW-Extension.
University of Wisconsin, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Wisconsin counties cooperating. An EEO/AA employer, University of Wisconsin Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX and American with Disabilities (ADA) requirements.