Community Youth Development


To learn more about the Neighborhood Youth First Impressions Exchange Program check out our video!

To sign up to be a part of the Sheboygan Neighborhood Youth First Impressions Exchange Program register here:

What is the Neighborhood Youth First Impressions Exchange?

First Impressions offers an effective and fun way to determine how visitors perceive communities. Likewise, the Youth First Impressions Program offers insight into the first impressions that your community offers from a youth perspective. Many communities struggle to identify how to retain or attract young talent and engage youth in their community. This program offers the opportunity to glean insight from youth and help to prepare communities to achieve their goals of a successful and friendly multi-generational community. Reports and recommendations produced by First Impressions exchanges may be used as part of a larger planning process, such as a comprehensive, downtown or master plan, or to guide activities and actions of a community organization, such as a Main Street program. There is no requirement, however, that neighborhoods engaged in this program implement any or all of the suggestions offered. They are for your stakeholders to consider as a perspective in their decisions.

What will be done?

Two teams of young people will exchange communities. A team of youth will make an incognito visit to your neighborhood and record their first impressions. In addition, a team of youth from your neighborhood will make a visit to another similar neighborhood within Sheboygan County.

  1. Youth team members are not expected to be experts—they will simply to give an outsider’s candid viewpoint on various aspects of the community.
  2. Each youth team will engage with and in their assigned community for a day and assess the following:
  3. Online presence and Social Media assessment –prior to arrival
    • 10-minute impression
    • Community entrances
    • Downtown
    • Retail
    • Tourism
    • Housing
    • Business and Economy
    • Government; Public Services; Education; Health and Public Transportation
    • Outdoor Spaces
    • Recreation and Culture
    • Firsthand comments from Residents
    • Additional Observations
  4. After the visit, youth will work with the project coordinator to write a survey report and prepare and deliver a presentation about your community’s first impressions and the results of the survey to the exchange community.

What will be expected of each neighborhood?

  1. Simply agree to partner with the Division of Extension and the youth volunteers; show respect for their time, opinions, and input.
  2. Secondly, we ask that you host a public meeting within the agreed-upon time frame, when the exchange neighborhood team will present their report.


IMDb describes Out of Shadows as “An exposé on how Hollywood and the mainstream media manipulate the multitudes by spreading propaganda throughout their content.” Check out the 78 minute video, posted to YouTube, for yourself and keep in mind these critical thinking questions:
• What is happening?
• Why is it important?
• What don’t I see or hear?
• How do I know?
• Who is saying it?
• What else? What if?
Then, don’t forget to register and join us for discussion and reflection on this controversial piece of media the first Monday of the month at 3:30 p.m.!!!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


WHO: Sheboygan County High School Students, sponsored by Sheboygan County Division of Extension, Youth Development Programs

WHAT: View a Controversial Piece of Media and then Talk About it With Other Youth

WHEN: Series Launch is JANUARY 11, 2020 3:30 P.M.


Schools and communities throughout Washington, Sheboygan, Fond du Lac and Ozaukee Counties are invited to send a delegation of youth– size of their choice– to participate in the 1st Annual Community Youth Voice Conference taking place TBD, 2021. Youth delegates must be between the ages of 15 and 18 years old. Schools and youth programs are encouraged to select youth who may be leaders in their community but may not already have access to leadership development opportunities. Selecting youth that are representative of the demographics of your community is vital to engaged participation in this experience.

At the conference youth delegates explore current issues affecting youth and the role youth can play in addressing those issues. Each youth prioritizes their interest in topics available before they arrive for conference. During the conference, youth develop a presentation with others on their findings/discussions to share with a local agency’s key decision makers.

Delegates must study the round-table topic information sent to them by the Community Youth Voice Conference. They can also research their topic within their local community. This preparation allows them to jump into the topic discussion and bring perspective from their community.

CYVC delegates engage in personal development experiences that increase their knowledge, resources, and skills while they discuss topics affecting youth programming statewide. Delegates not only learn while at the conference: they are empowered to create positive social change in their communities and have the opportunity to practice and apply their skills in a real-world setting.

Conference Objectives

  • Learn – Provide youth a broad-based learning experience in which they will acquire practical knowledge and skills to reinforce the attitudes and motivation that will give them a heightened sense of responsibility and capacity to connect as active members of their community and state.
  • Practice – Engage youth in hands-on educational activities in which they explore, practice and master existing and newly developed skills/knowledge in civic engagement, civic education and personal development.
  • Apply – Facilitate direct opportunities for youth to apply what was learned in real world experiences in which they develop leadership skills using their voices, work, ideas and/or behavior to make a difference in their community and state.


Registration to attend the Community Youth Voice Conference is coordinated through local schools and youth programs. Youth and adult participants are selected by their respective school or other youth program and attend the conference as part of a group delegation. Schools or youth serving agencies may select their youth delegates and submit the linked delegate pre-registration form. We will accept 40 youth delegates. Adult advisors (chaperones) from the school or agency are also welcome. We will accept registration from eight adult advisors.

Sample Round-table Topics

  1. Workforce Development: How do we encourage youth to explore post-secondary education options that meet the needs of the current workforce?
  2. Youth Engaged Elections: How do we engage youth at the polls as volunteers and informed voters?
  3. Healthy Relationships: How can youth support healthy relationships in their communities?
  4. Aging Communities: What role can youth play in supporting our aging communities?


This is a phenomenal program with an incredible first-hand perspective of our county government and the services they provide! Please forward to your guidance counselors, government, history, and social studies educators!

The American Legion, Sheboygan County Council along with UW-Madison, Division of Extension is once again sponsoring Sheboygan County Youth Government Day to begin at the Sheboygan County Courthouse, 615 N. 6th Street Sheboygan, date TBD 2021. All of this is provided at no cost to you or your students.

***New This Year*** This year we will be shifting our focus from solely a civic engagement program to an additional component of workforce development. Our new educational objectives of this experience include:

  • Increase knowledge of the services, roles and responsibilities of Sheboygan County Departments.
  • Increase knowledge of the county workforce and the postsecondary pathways to successfully enter county employment.
  • Identify connections and develop trusting relationships with adults who provide bridging opportunities to community resources, leaders and employers.

View the DRAFT Schedule which is linked below along with a registration form that each of your students will need to complete. The new schedule requires students to rank their choices for each session. Sessions will be assigned prior to the program.

Please plan to arrive to the Sheboygan County Courthouse by 8:15 a.m. This new schedule also includes transportation to Plymouth to engage with the Transportation Department, Rocky Knoll or The Planning and Conservation Department. Lunch will be provided at Rocky Knoll. All students will participate in a panel discussion and resource fair in the afternoon. A bus will return youth to Sheboygan by 2:30 p.m. Schools that need to return earlier should arrange for transportation from Rocky Knoll, N7135 Rocky Knoll Parkway in Plymouth departing at 2:00 p.m.

View the YGD Student Registration Form and DRAFT Schedule.