2021 marks the 50th Anniversary of Briarpatch Youth Services. Over the years we have adjusted to the needs while always staying committed to the Youth and Families of Dane County.

In 1971 a small group of volunteers came together for the welfare of the many runaways in the Madison area. They began seeking funding through collaborative partners to create a place for kids on the run to obtain appropriate shelter, counseling and referrals to assist the family in the resolution of their conflicts. These volunteers sought to create a place where kids would come to talk when they were ready; a place that would work to change laws and educate the people.

Fifty years later, after mergers, moves and name changes, Briarpatch Youth Services exists with many of the same goals and continues to expand services to support needs of youth in Dane County.

Briarpatch celebrated and shared with the community during an Open House in September, Youth Arts Festival in October and Golden Anniversary Event in November. We are grateful to our sponsors who supported us this milestone year:

Anniversary Sponsors:




 Media Sponsor:

 Event Sponsors:

  • All of Us Research Program
  • Amigo Construction, LLC
  • Park Bank
  • TASC


Entertainment Sponsors:

  • Alliant Energy
  • J.H. Findorff
  • Johnson Block CPAs
  • UW School of Social Work


Table Sponsors:

  • Alexander Group
  • First Choice Dental
  • Patrick Properties


Curbside Sponsors:

  • Badger Popcorn
  • Baer Insurance Services, Inc.
  • DJ Fusion
  • Intuitive Biosciences
  • UW Law School, Center for Patient Partnerships