Our Mission: Strengthening the Lives of Youth and Families


As you know the Covid-19 pandemic continued to impact our youth and services in 2021. Last year continued to be a year of adjustment, learning and working through a variety of challenges. Our youth are experiencing significant trauma impacting our already vulnerable communities. Many of our services continued to be deemed essential and we continued to meet the needs of our youth and families providing a safe environment and effective opportunities to connect with our youth and serve our community.


Please feel free to contact Jay Kiefer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you have questions or would like any additional information. 


 In Dane County it is estimated approximately 300 youth go to bed homeless each night. 1 in 3 youth will be approached for sex in exchange for food, shelter, drugs, etc. within 48 hours of leaving home; 75% of these youth have already or will drop out of school. These are good kids in bad situations and they need our help. The staff at Briarpatch Youth Services work with these youth to make sure they have the resources and support they need in order to succeed. Learn more here

 Copies of our Annual Report are available to the public and may be found here.

Briarpatch Youth Services is a 501(c)3 organization. 

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