Efficient and effective are two of many words that can describe work done in Waukesha, Wisc., to continually improve its youth services. Through the Waukesha Youth Collaborative, youth-serving agencies are able to come together and discuss the immediate and long-term needs of the community.
More than 35 agencies have helped provide a forum for education, information, and networking as well as funding for local programs that provide beneficial resources for youth. For example,
- The Waukesha County Drug-Free Communities Coalition has helped spread awareness about alcohol and drug use and helped develop a pilot substance abuse program that is under way in three school sites.
- The Lead to Succeed Waukesha Program makes services accessible to youth through an industry-driven leadership program that allows high school and college students to help meet the needs of local nonprofit organizations—more than 2,400 hours of services have been contributed.
Waukesha continues to excel at providing its youth with a diverse set of resources, and the community is a three-time winner of whole child partner America's Promise Alliance's 100 Best Communities for Young People.