2019 Madison Summer Team
Madison Summer Team with Dane Arts Murals created for Willy Street Co-op

Strengthening the Lives of Youth and Families



Due to COVID-19, Briarpatch has implemented the following:

  • All group activities are cancelled through June 7, 2020 for the following services: Youth Restitution Program, Intensive Supervision Program, Street Outreach Program, Restorative Justice Program, Youth Job Center, and Teens Like Us
  • All home visits are cancelled through June 7, 2020.
  • Client contacts will primarily be by telephone with limited face-to-face contact.
  • All Briarpatch staff will continue to respond to emails as appropriate.
  • The Briarpatch Youth Shelter is open with social distancing protocols in place.
  • Our Street Outreach Team continues to provide support and basic needs supplies to 12-24 year olds experiencing homelessness.

Please call 608.245.2550 or 608.251.1126 with any questions.


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

Briarpatch recognizes that the presence of ICE agents in our community may affect some of our clients and their families. If assistance with immigration related concerns is needed, please call Centro Hispano at 608.255.3018. For more information on your rights regarding this issue, please refer to the following link: https://www.nilc.org/get-involved/community-education-resources/know-your-rights/


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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