Exploring County Government

This program is offered twice during the school year, September to December and February to May. The program is a total of nine sessions, with one extended session for Job Shadow Day. The Madison County Youth Bureau partners with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County to facilitate the program. 


The Youth Bureau offers two rounds of Exploring County Government for Madison County juniors and seniors with a strong interest in learning about county government and engaging in active citizenship.

Students will gain an understanding of the organizational structure and function of county government, the importance of civic engagement, and the multitude of career opportunities available within the county. Content will be shared through lecture, group interaction and hands on activities.


In addition to regular attendance at all sessions the time commitment involves additional work to complete homework assignments and work toward the creation and completion of an Active Citizenship Initiative.

The program sessions take place on the Madison County Campus in Wampsville which allows students to gain access to the many departments, staff and Board of Supervisors who provide direct services to the citizens of Madison County.

Enrollment and Registration

Students interested in participating should contact their guidance office or social studies teacher to determine if their school is participating in this experience and whether school transportation is provided. Online registration is required. All students must also complete a permission form that must be mailed in. All registration information is due into the Youth Bureau prior to each round of the program.  Students can complete the first step to register and download a hard copy of the permission form below during open enrollment periods.

Registration Form

Permission Form (please print)