The Briarpatch Youth Shelter provides shelter and other services to homeless or runaway youth, or youth at risk of separation from their family due to conflict or other reasons. Opened in 2015, it contains eight beds and welcomes youths of all gender identities ages 12-17. There are an estimated 300 youth in Dane County who are homeless every night. This shelter was created to help these youth get off the streets and provide them with services to succeed. Aside from providing shelter, we provide services including individual counseling, family counseling, case management and a 24-hour help line.

 


 2017 Impact:

  • 102 youth received shelter with assessment, counseling, and case management services
  • 1,138 nights of safe housing were provided in our youth shelter
  • 98% of youth served returned home or to another safe living situation

 

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Parent Support Program services are designed to assist concerned parents and caregivers of a teen or young adult involved in harmful behaviors and high-risk situations. Challenges may include alcohol and drug use or dependency, truancy, mental illness, difficulty with interpersonal relationships, educational concerns, and parent/child conflict.  

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Support for Success (S4S) is an extended, activity-based, paid employment training program designed to provide supportive employment training and job opportunities. S4S works with teens aged 14-18 who are interested in employment, but may need additional time and training to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the work place.

Throughout the program, teens are provided with group and individual opportunities for career exploration and experiential learning, such as job shadows, company tours, and job site practice. Once training is completed, staff work with teens individually to secure private sector employment or supported employment opportunities in their community.

 

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The Street Outreach Program was created to address the increasing number of at-risk youth living on the streets and engaging in potentially self-destructive behaviors. The program utilizes paid staff and trained volunteers to contact street youth and connect them with resources they need to be safe and healthy. Youth are provided with personal care items, STI prevention information and supplies, informational counseling, referrals to meal sites, referrals to shelter services and referrals for counseling and medical care as appropriate.

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The Transitional Living Program (TLP) is a transitional living cooperative model designed to provide supportive housing and a safety net for young adults ages 18-21 who have experienced housing vulnerabilities. The program employs a positive youth development model so as to create strong emotional support for our young adults to transition into self-sufficiency. 

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The Runaway & Homeless Youth Program (RHYP) provides a wide variety of services to youth in need. These services include: temporary shelter, individual counseling, family counseling, outreach, case management, and a 24-hour help-line. The RHYP relies on over 40 volunteers annually to help provide these services to youth and their families. Volunteers receive 30 hours of training over a four week period before they are able to support clients. Every year, Briarpatch volunteers provide more than 10,000 hours towards this program.

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