Youth & Student Programs

By Youth For Youth (BYFY)

By Youth For Youth is a unique volunteer opportunity for local youth to become leaders in the community. BYFY committee members are Dane County high school students who represent the youth community in identifying critical issues impacting their peers, establishing funding priorities, reviewing proposals, and recommending youth program funding.

By Youth For Youth is a collaborative project sponsored by United Way of Dane County, Dane County UW-Extension, Dane County Youth Commission, and the City of Madison Community Development Division.

Interested in receiving more info about how to join BYFY?

If you would like information about joining the 18-19 BYFY committee, please contact Brianna Stapleton Welch at (608) 224-3702 or, or fill out the google interest form at All Dane County high school students are encouraged to join BYFY, especially students of color and students outside of Madison.

Interested in applying for funding?

By Youth For Youth (BYFY) encourages Dane County student and youth-led initiatives to submit proposals for the BYFY funding. Youth/youth groups can apply for up to $3,000 for a one year period.

Each year, the BYFY committee sets funding priorities to meet the needs of youth in Dane County. This year the committee is focused on activities that addressed racial equality, educational achievement gaps, LGBTQ+ support & awareness, opportunities for economically disadvantage youth, raise cultural awareness and healthy lifestyle: supporting positive mental, sexual and physical health.

The BYFY 2017-2018 Request for Proposal is closed. The 2018-2019 Request for Proposal will be available in December 2018, with a January 2019 deadline.

Global Youth Service Day


Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of youth who improve their communities every day. Each year on Global

Youth Service Day, millions of children and youth around the world work together with schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, volunteer and national service programs, government agencies, faith communities, and other individuals to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities.

Global Youth Service Day 2018 is part of a larger United Way initiative called Spring Seasons of Caring: Spring Into Action. Held on April 20-21, Spring Seasons of Caring focuses on inter-generational and Earth Day volunteering. Interested in volunteering for Spring Seasons of Caring? Check back here soon to sign up for a project!

Student United Way

Help us reach our vision of a Dane County where everyone can succeed in school, work and life.

The UW-Madison Student United Way is looking for people who want to make Dane County a better place to live, for all.

Members have the chance to volunteer, help raise funds and sharpen their leadership skills with various activities and events throughout the year. Your work supports United Way of Dane County and our mission to Unite the community to achieve measurable results and change lives.

For more information contact Sam Rosenbloom at or (608) 246-4388