Dane County Youth Resources Dane County Youth Resources

Dane County Department of Human Services DCDHS

Are you having trouble at home? Do you have health concerns and don't know where to turn? Are you anxious about different things going on in life and need some help? You're not alone. We're here to help.

Important program and resource information for you or a friend are a click away. Below you'll find resources related to health, immigration, wellness, safety, education, job readiness, career planning, after-school programs and more. These are trusted community institutions that offer assistance and support for youth that are accessible and responsive.

911 logo

If you are having a medical, drug/alcohol or mental health crisis, please dial 911 right now. We will get the care you need.

Safe Communities logo

If you are having suicidal thoughts, please stop what you're doing and call this number to talk to someone who can help.

Dane County Department of Human Services logo

If you are unsafe at home, please contact the Dane County Human Services Child Abuse Hotline. We're here to help.

The Rape Crisis Center logo

They're ready to help when you need them. They believe you. Get immediate help or find counseling.

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services logo

If you or a loved one feels abused, threatened, scared or unsafe in an intimate partner relationship, DAIS can help you.

Briarpatch logo

If you're currently homeless, at-risk, or runaway, please get in touch with Briarpatch to get a safe place to sleep. They're here to help.


Canopy is a child abuse treatment and prevention agency. They're here to help if you have or are suffering from physical or sexual abuse.

National Human Trafficking Hotline logo

This is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against his/her will. If you find yourself or a friend in this situation, call the hotline for help.


UNIDOS serves the Latinx community and exists to break the cycle of domestic violence, end sexual assault and promote healthy family systems.

Dane County Department of Human Services logo

Information regarding where to find food, clothing, personal essentials and shelter if you or your family are homeless.

Access Community Health Center logo

Access provides comprehensive services including preventive and routine medical care, dental care, behavioral health services and on-sight pharmacies.

UW Health logo

UW Adolescent Drug/Alcohol Assessment Intervention Program is a comprehensive alcohol and drug evaluation program providing screening, assessment, intervention and referral services for youth and their families. ADAAIP provides assessments for Dane County adolescents up to age 18 and youth who are still in high school or an HSED/GED program up to age 21.

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin logo

PPWI provides affordable and confidential health care to more than 61,000 people each year. Make an appointment online or call to find the health center nearest you.

Journey Mental Health Center logo

Life can be challenging and stressful. All services are confidential, but Journey does require parental consent for treatment.

AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin logo

ARCW is dedicated to providing quality medical, dental, mental health and social services for all people with HIV

Public Health of Madison and Dane County

Two free programs that give support and information needed to have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby for people who are pregnant living in Dane County.

Dane County Department of Human Services logo

Providing outreach and resources to immigrants, and refugee communities in Dane County in order to support integration through coordination of county services.

Centro Hispano logo

Centro offers immigration services, including applying to receive Permanent Residency, Citizenship, Work Permits, Status Adjustments, and Deferred Action.

Briarpatch logo

They are a great resource for LGBTQ youth. If you're looking for support but don't know where to start, contact Teens Like Us at Briarpatch.

Al-Anon for Teens logo

Al-Anon Teens is a fellowship of young AlAnon members whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. Thursdays, Christ Presbyterian Church, 7–8p.m..

National Alliance on Mental Illness logo

NAMI provides education, support, and advocacy for people affected by mental illness. If you have questions about mental health, start here.

GSAFE logo

GSAFE supports the development of Gay-Straight Alliances when you're getting resistance or discrimination from your school community.

Madison and Dane County Food Pantries logo

List of food pantries in Madison and Dane County. Updated .

Urban League of Greater Madison logo

ULGM provides youth career exploration and internship experience, plus mentorship opportunities.

Briarpatch logo

Briarpatch also provides youth with the necessary skills for successful employment with many training sessions.

Operation Fresh Start logo

Through education, mentoring and employment training, OFS provides Dane County youth, ages 16–24, who did not finish high school and who are unemployed a path forward by completing their high school diploma or equivalency and continuing on to higher education and/or self-sustaining employment.

Common Wealth logo

Common Wealth has been providing area teens with training and enriching first job experiences since . Common Wealth offers job placement and mentoring.

Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin's logo

Gain skills and knowledge to succeed on your education and career pathways.

Job Corps connects youth with the skills and education needed to launch career paths.

Madison-Area Out-of-School-Time logo

MOST connects youth with out-of-school time programs. Use the MOST Program Finder to locate an out of school time program near you!

University of Wisconsin-Extension logo

UWE offers opportunity for leadership, development, and empowerment through direct participation in county government.

Youth with bare feet, sitting on a pile of books and studying.

These centers provide positive after-school activities for middle school youth to develop social and life skills.

Nehemiah logo

Nehemiah works to transform the face of leadership in Madison, with an emphasis on empowering African American families here, particularly African American men.

Boys and Girls Club of Dane County logo

BGCDC serves more than 6,500 young people throughout Dane County and helps them to succeed in work, school and life. Consider joining the Club today!

Centro Hispano logo

Through youth programs, Centro hopes to create a better life for young Latinos and in doing so, better the future of the Latino community in Madison.

United Way of Dane County logo

Use United Way 211 to search for additional programs and support.

Contact Dane Youth

Please contact daneyouth@countyofdane.com with questions, comments or resource suggestions.