Positive Youth Development Impact August 2022

  • Sheboygan United, a community partnership of UW Madison Division of Extension -Sheboygan’s Positive Youth Development Educator with Partners for Community Development, Sheboygan County, Safe Harbor, the Aging and Disability Resource Center, and the Department of Health, convened our third resource fair at the Hmong Summer Festival. Most of our participating organizations were able to provide bilingual support for Hmong speakers. Lakeshore Technical College staff stated that they wanted “to be involved in as many of these events as possible”. They hoped that making the effort to reach out to the Hmong community would demonstrate that their campus welcomes students from that community. Participating organizations are also learning how to improve their outreach to underrepresented communities. Career Navigator Susan Boettcher, from the State Worker Connection Program (Division of Employment and Training), noted that “To some extent, this event made me more aware of issues that affect the relationship of some Hmong people in Wisconsin with work.”
  • Positive Youth Development Educator Lisa Sanderson met with Mead Library staff to explore potential collaboration regarding youth programming in their Teen Center, as well as to discuss the September 17 Sheboygan United resource fair that Mead will host. Lisa introduced the concept of youth-adult partnerships and noted the importance of requesting youth voice at initial programming planning stages. Lisa and staff are exploring a “snacks for suggestions” partnership with Sheboygan Food Bank to encourage youth to participate in leaving written suggestions in youth-oriented library areas. Library staff also encouraged “casting a wider net” in order to reach the greatest number of underrepresented youth through reviving the Youth Area Network, a community partnership of youth-serving organizations that is currently defunct. Lisa will reach out to former partners including Boys & Girls Club, Mental Health America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and John Michael Kohler Arts Center to gauge support and interest.