Youth Services

Briarpatch Youth Services, Inc

Briarpatch runs an 8-bed youth shelter, a street outreach program, a runaway youth program, a Teens Like Us program for LGBTQ youth, a parent support program, youth job programs, a Youth Restitution Program, an Intensive Supervision Program for court-involved youth, and a Restorative Justice Program as an alternative to the traditional juvenile justice system.

For questions regarding youth on Work Teams please contact the youth work team supervisor or call the on-call Intensive Supervision staff at 608-669-4711.

Main office number for non-emergencies is 608-245-2550.

Youth and family members.
24-hour Help Line
Text Help Line (checked M-F 9a-9p)
2720 Rimrock Rd., Madison, WI 53713

Operation Fresh Start

Operation Fresh Start provides disconnected youth with a path to self-sufficiency at a critical time in a young person's life. Programs provide mentoring, education, and employment training. OFS graduates earn their high school diploma and driver's license, then go on to continue their education and/or find self-sustaining employment.

Youth ages 16-24
2670 Milwaukee St., Madison, WI 53704

Out-of-School Youth Program (WorkSmart Network)

The WorkSmart Network's Young Adult (Out-of-School) Program connects eligible young adults with the services and support needed to succeed. Connect with us if you're interested in career advising, tutoring, job readiness and retention training, and internship connections to help prepare you for your career. The program is available with funding from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Contact a WorkSmart Network location nearest you to learn more.

Employment and Training Association
Dane County Job Center, 1819 Aberg Avenue, Madison, WI 53704