Wisconsin Association for Runaway Services

Contact Information

Direct Service Outreach to Runaways
2318 E. Dayton St.
Madison, WI 53704 - 4949
(608) 241-2649
Commission AmeriCorps State FY 2014

Executive Summary

: The WI Association for Runaway Services (WARS) will have 35 AmeriCorps members providing an array of support services for runaway and homeless youth including street outreach, community education, community outreach, and aid in transitional living programs and shelters for homeless pregnant and parenting teens. These services will be provided in 15 communities in WI (Appleton, Menomonie, Sheboygan (2), Green Bay (2), Milwaukee (2), Madison, Racine, La Crosse, Rhinelander, Superior, West Bend and Eau Claire). At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for having had 40,000 contacts with runaway and homeless youth on the street, offering them information on healthy alternatives. In addition, members will be working more intensely with 3,000 youth, providing support to staff with family mediation and crisis intervention. Of these youth, 2,850 (95%) will return home or to a safe alternative. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will aid in leveraging an additional 1,200 volunteers that will be engaged in aiding with street outreach, community outreach, and working with youth in the runaway programs, providing 55,000 hours of service. The CNCS investment of $375,941 will be matched with $422,419 in private funding.

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