Strengthening the Lives of Youth and Families

Our goal is to raise $3.1 million to help open and fund ongoing operations of the Briarpatch Youth Shelter, and to retire the mortgage on our building. We need your help to make this happen!

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The Need

  • On any given night, approximately 300 homeless youth in Dane County sleep on the streets, in cars, or in other unsafe locations.
  • It is estimated that 5,000 unaccompanied youth in the U.S. die each year as a result of assault, illness, or suicide.

In Dane County in 2013:

  • 849 high school students reported being kicked out of home by their parents within the last 12 months
  • 934 students reported running away from home in the last 12 months

Studies show that:

  • One in seven young people between the ages of 10 and 18 run away
  • Youth ages 12 to 17 are more at risk for becoming homeless than adults
  • Approximately 1 of 3 youth will be approached for sex in exchange for money, food, shelter, or drugs within
  • 75% of homeless and runaway youth have already or will drop out of school

How You Can Help

  1. Financial Contributions
    Gifts of all sizes matter! Briarpatch Youth Services is a 501(c) (3) non-pr0ofit organization making your donation tax deductible. Donations of cash, stock, and multi-year pledges are all accepted.

  2. Host a Fundraiser
    Whether it is a bake sale, car wash, or private reception in your home, Briarpatch Youth Services’ Third Party Fundraiser guide is available to anyone who wishes to raise funds on our behalf.

  3. Volunteer
    Individuals who give of their time are critical to our mission! Join our fundraising committee and help us connect with potential donors and with others who want to end youth homeless in Dane County.

  4. Help Us Share Our Story
    If you are a member of a Madison-area civic club, faith community, professional organization, or other group, we are always grateful for opportunities to share our story with others. Just contact our office to schedule a presentation by one of our staff.

  5. Ask Others to Join You in Helping
    Encourage family members, friends, co-workers and others to join you in helping Briarpatch end youth homeless in Dane County.

If you have questions, or need more information, please contact Cedric Johnson, Development Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608.819.3775

City of Madison   Count of Dane County  United Way