The Kenosha County Youth In Governance program was created to build leadership skills and civic engagement opportunities for high school-aged students by placing two youth representatives on each of the Kenosha County Board of Supervisors standing committees. In reviewing data from 3 years of youth participants, the program was effective in increasing civic engagement and leadership skills of young people. Respondents reported specific increases in knowledge of county government, connection to community, empowerment, communication skills, and confidence. Effective program practices were also identified from reviewing statements made from youth participants.
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Calvert, M., De Montmollin, J., & Winnett, T. (2015). Youth Representation on County Government Committees: Youth in Governance in Kenosha County, Wisconsin. The Journal of Extension, 53(6), Article 3. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol53/iss6/3