Madison Teachers Inc. raises over $10,000 for the Youth Shelter!


Sunday April 12, 2015, teachers, administrators, school board members,  state representatives and community partners bowled and raised money for the Briarpatch Shelter.

Briarpatch hopes to open the shelter in the fall, it’s badly needed and the rooms have been sitting empty for over year.    🙁

Click here for a news link about the event: MTI Bowl-A-Thon April 2015

Transitional Housing for Young Adults!


In September 2014, after a year of planning by several collaborators including MRFY, Briarpatch Youth Services, Operation Fresh Start and Madison Community Cooperatives and Dane County opened the first transitional living program in our area which provides services specifically to 18 -21 year old individuals who have been homeless.

In the recent months residents and case managers have worked together to create a community, their chosen name is “Golden Eye”!

Click here for more information!


MFRY film wins a second National Award!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                
Date: November 4, 2013
For more information contact:
State Representative Melissa Sargent: 608-266-0960 or
Casey Behrend, Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin: 608.245.2550 x1212

Madison Youth Homelessness Film Wins National Award

November is National Runaway Prevention Month

MADISON, WI – The locally produced film “Make Room For Youth” has received the 2013 Best Targeted Campaign Award from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY).  The film features Madison area homeless youth and local service providers like Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin.

Named after the Madison grassroots group, Make Room For Youth, or MRFY, the film draws attention to the growing problem of youth homelessness in our area.  MRFY is a coalition of service providers, local leaders, and volunteers who came together to advocate for the needs of runaway and homeless youth.

The film features youth from Dane County who share their experiences about being homeless.  Tyler Schueffner, Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin’s Street Outreach Program Coordinator, provides narration on the state of homeless youth in our area.  The film was produced with the volunteer services of Will Nimmow from the Madison Media Institute.

“Youth homelessness is an enormous problem in our area, but it’s a problem that often goes unseen,” says Mr. Schueffner, “November is National Runaway Prevention month, and hopefully this film and the national recognition it is receiving will help draw more attention to this important issue.”

Representative Melissa Sargent, a founding member of MRFY, stated, “The film by Will Nimmow provides an insightful window into the lives of our homeless youth.  Adding the human voice to an often unseen population is sure to bring additional and necessary conversations to address this tragedy in our community”.

Members of MRFY are currently in Atlanta, Georgia to receive the award.  A trailer for the film can be viewed at: or

Youth that are runaway, homeless, or in need of counseling can contact the Briarpatch Runaway & Homeless Youth Program at Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin: 608.251.1126800.798.1126 (toll-free) or

NAEHCY Best Targeted Campaign Award 2013

NAEHCY Best Targeted Campaign Award 2013