Upcoming County Sharing Sessions:

May 18, 2011


Steve Small and Mary Huser will give a presentation on What Works Wisconsin.  What Works Wisconsin is an effort of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Human Ecology and the University of Wisconsin Extension's Family Living Program.  It serves to distill the most recent scientific knowledge regarding effective policies, practices, and programs for youth, families, schools, and communities.    

June 9, 2011


Ann Hoyt, Consumer Science Professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Human Ecology will join us for our June presentation.  She has been studying prisoner cooperative programs in Italy and will update us on her research and findings.   


"County Program Sharing" Podcasts

Thursday, April 7, 2011:

Cynthia Muhar, Family Living Educator in Milwaukee County, spoke about PACE (Poverty Awareness for Community Engagement). She shared how the program came to be, how it works, and some of the impacts it has had.    

Here is her PowerPoint presentation. 

Cindy Muhar's PACE Wisline - download mp3 (61.4MB)


Thursday, March 10, 2011:

John Young of the Lac du Flambeau Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe spoke to us about his work with juvenile justice. 

John Young's Juvenile Justice Wisline - download mp3 (76.3MB)


Tuesday, February 15, 2011:

Deb Neubauer, Financial Educator with UWEX Dane County, talked to us about her financial education programs. Many programs are offered to local citizens at the Financial Education Center, including classes on finances and budgeting, general information, income tax preparation, money management tools and forms, and a financial coaching institute.  Please take a look at the PowerPoint and Year in Review document. Thanks, Deb!

Deb Neubauer's Financial Education Center Wisline - download mp3 (41.4MB)

Power Point

Year in Review (Word)


Thursday, January 13, 2011:

Steve Kohlstedt, Community Resource Development Agent in Richland County, joined us to speak about building communities by connecting individuals. The idea behind this type of program is to create a community where there are no strangers. These programs draw people out and encourage them to use their skills, gifts, and talents to connect with other members of the community. Please feel free to peruse the accompanying materials.


Steve Kohlstedt’s Community Development Wisline - download mp3 (54.9MB)


  • “From Isolation to Participation: Wisconsin Stories” is a great YouTube presentation. It highlights some personal stories from Wisconsin residents who have been touched by the community building programs in their communities. The video highlights stories from Madison, Milwaukee, and Richland Center. 

  • Here are links to two websites about community connecting:
  • Here is a link to Richland County's community development website: Rich in Community

  • “Rich in Community” (PDF, 24.3KB) describes some of the processes and outcomes from the program used in Richland Center.

  • “How to Build Community” (PDF, 17.4KB) offers some advice for individuals on how to begin building a strong community.


November 19, 2010: Inmate Gardening Program

Through the use of therapeutic horticulture principles and practices, the Rock County UWEX Office and Master Gardener Volunteers engage county jail inmates in life skills and employability development using a 1.5 acre vegetable garden. Mike Maddox, Horticulture Educator in the Rock County UWEX Office spoke about the gardening program and how it has developed over the last several years.

Mike Maddox Inmate Gardening Wisline - download mp3 (43 MB)

Slide Show Presentation



July 26, 2010: "The Dad Thing"

“The Dad Thing” is a Buffalo County program that helps men to become stronger and more involved dads. It is a 16-week program that covers topics such as handling stress, creating positive communication, and fostering healthy relationships. Mary Wood, Family Living Agent in the Pepin and Buffalo County UWEX Offices spoke about the program and some of its outcomes. She was joined by Mary Huser, a specialist in the Family Living Program area.

Mary Wood/Mary Huser "The Dad Thing" Wisline - download mp3 (43 MB)

The Dad Thing brochure (pdf)


June 30, 2010: Two Studies on Rural Crime

Steve Deller, professor of Agriculture and Applied Economics at UW-Madison presented two studies on rural crime. One study focused on crime patterns in Wisconsin with a focus on what socioeconomic characteristics are associated with different types of crime. The second study used national rural county data to try to isolate which socioeconomic factors are associated with rural crime rates. This latter paper focused on notions of social capital and various ways to think about it.

Windows Streaming

Webinar Powerpoint (ppt)
Rural Crime and Social Capital (pdf)
Shifting Patterns in Wisconsin Crime Rates (pdf)


May 12, 2010: Mental Health Courts

The Eau Claire County Mental Health Court is a program created to improve the county's response to offenders with mental illness through treatment and intensive court supervision. The program is voluntary and is only open to individuals accused of misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies and those whose mental illness was the basis for the offense. Participants in the program are screened thoroughly before admission. Mary VanRoy, Eau Claire County Mental Health Court Coordinator, joined us to speak about the program and some of its outcomes.

Mary VanRoy Mental Health Courts Wisline - download mp3 (19 MB)

Community Support Program (Word)
Eau Claire County Department of Human Services Fact Sheet "Mental Health Court" (Word)
Mental Health Court Referral (Word)
Mental Health Court Brochure (Word)
Mental Health Court Decision Making Document (Word)
New Mental Health Court Terms of Participation Criteria (Word)


March 31, 2010: Teen Courts

Teen Court, also called Peer Court or Youth Court, is a program designed to improve outcomes for juveniles between the ages of 12 and 17 who are minor repeat offenders or have committed a nonviolent offense. Teen Court aims to direct the youths to better behavior while avoiding the criminal justice system. Generally, the offender must agree to admit his or her guilt and to abide by the Teen Court’s decision before it will accept the case. These courts can be built in a variety of forms, ranging from three to five-person teen tribunals that recommend sentencing, to a more formal court process. Nancy Anne Miller, head of the 4-H Youth Development Department in the Vilas County UWEX Office and founding president of the Wisconsin Teen Court Association, spoke about the program and some of its outcomes.

Nancy Anne Miller Teen Courts Wisline  - download mp3 (27 MB)

A Teen Court Start Up Check List (Word)
Youth Court: A Community Solution for Embracing At-Risk Youth (PDF)


February 27, 2010: Huber Facility Garden

Waukesha County UWEX Horticulture and Nutrition Education staff provides gardening and nutrition education for inmates in Waukesha County’s work release program. During each session participants plant and maintain the garden and harvest vegetables. They also receive a garden or nutrition lesson. Ann Wied, UWEX Horticulture Educator in Waukesha County and Melinda Stuart, UWEX Nutrition Educator in Waukesha County, spoke to us about how the program started and has evolved. They also shared some personal experiences they have had with participants in the program.

Ann Wied/Melinda Stuart Huber Garden Wisline - download mp3 (35 MB)

Waukesha County UW Extension 2009 Huber Facility - Garden and Nutrition Program (PDF)
"In Community Gardens, Inmates Learn to Make Good Choices" (PDF)
UW-Extension Nutrition Education Garden Program Certificate (Word)
UW-Extension Cooperative Extension Standard Release (Word)
Huber Garden Mid-Season Questionnaire (Word)
Waiver and Release of Liability (Word)


January 14, 2010: Juvenile Diversion Programs

Juvenile diversion programs are designed for youth that are having problems at home or have committed certain first-time offenses. These programs hope to change a bad pattern of behavior while easing the burden on taxpayers by keeping youth from entering the juvenile justice system. Tim Kane, Bayfield County UWEX Community Resource Development Educator spoke about a youth offender prevention grant recently received from the Office of Justice Assistance. It seeks to prevent youth offenses through (1) assessments, (2) a mentor relationship, (3) community service, (4) cognitive and behavioral therapy, and (5) a wilderness camp. Stephanie Sutton, director of the 180-Degree Juvenile Diversion Program in Waukesha County spoke about the program’s beginning and how it has evolved.

Tim Kane/Stephanie Sutton Juvenile Diversion Programs Wisline - download mp3 (60 MB)

Bayfield County Grant Proposal for Juvenile Diversion (PDF)
Diversion Recommendation Report (PDF)
Waukesha Co 180 Degree Brochure (PDF)
Waukesha Co 180 Degree Program Description (PDF)
Waukesha Co 180 Degree Program Overview (PDF)