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.

In 2021, we celebrate 50 years of service and most importantly, we celebrate the youth who have touched our lives and helped us improve the work that we do!

With COVID-19 restrictions expected, Briarpatch is planning to celebrate the best we can in 2021 and we have many things being planned! The main events of the year include:

  • Youth Arts Festival, Saturday, October 16, 2021
  • Golden Anniversary Event, Thursday, November 4, 2021 (at Brassworks, Goodman Community Center). Join us as we celebrate 50 Years serving youth and families! We will honor our history, Through the Decades with a presentation and share our thoughts for the future of Briarpatch Youth Services and how we can best serve the youth of Dane County! Registration is now open for this event. Please visit the Eventbrite link to sign up today! RSVP's ARE NEEDED BY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2021. COVID Protocols: Please bring proof of vaccination or negative COVID test; temperatures will be taken at registration and masks will be required throughout the event.


Briarpatch is grateful for the 50th Anniversary Sponsors:

Anniversary Sponsors:






 Media Sponsor:


Event Sponsors:

  • Park Bank
  • TASC


Entertainment Sponsors:

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


Table Sponsors:

  • Alexander Group
  • Patrick Properties


Curbside Sponsors:

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