Our Mission: Strengthening the Lives of Youth and Families



A Very Big Thank You


To Our 2022 Youth Arts Festival Sponsors









Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project & Youth Action Board Website Announcement


The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project (YHDP) and the Youth Action Board (YAB) have launched their own website

so you can stay up-to-date with all the EXCITEMENT.


Please check them out and add them to your FAVORITES!

YHDP: www.yhdpdanecounty.com 

YAB: www.yabdanecounty.com






January 4 2022 COVID update: Due to the increase in number of positive COVID cases and recent holiday gatherings, Briarpatch is implementing the following safety protocols to do our part in minimizing the spread of the disease:

  • Briarpatch remains open from 9 am - 8 pm, with essential staff in the building in smaller numbers.
  • Essential staff in our Runaway & Homeless Youth Program & Shelter remain available 24/7, however in smaller numbers. Please be patient as we navigate with fewer staff.
  • Our shelter remains open at 50% capacity, or four youth at a time and social distancing guidelines in place.
  • Non-essential staff will work remotely through January 14th.
  • Youth with needs in non-essential programs are able to reach staff via email or phone and staff will respond in a timely manner.
  • Services to youth in non-essential programs will be attended as quickly as possible while remaining safe for all parties involved.
  • Everyone in the building is expected to wear a face mask at all times.
  • Anyone receiving services will be asked to have their temperature checked upon arrival.
  • 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

 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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