Youth Leadership

Provided by
Simpson Street Free Press

SSFP Teen Editor Works with Younger StudentCommitted and actively engaged local young people are valuable partners in any achievement gap fight. The student writers of SSFP reach peers across Dane County with powerful messages of achievement and success. Local students learn practical academic skills, then engage the wider community and influence young readers. At SSFP young people are promoted through the newsroom ranks. More experienced writers assist younger peers.
Simpson Street Free Press (SSFP) programs are extended learning models. We use a content specific curriculum designed to supplement classroom instruction. SSFP is a project-based approach, designed to support the classroom but not replicate the school day. We structure these programs like part-time “jobs.” So, all SSFP programs are free of charge. Parents meet with staff at program enrollment and sign engagement letters.

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All SSFP Programs are free of charge.
Please visit the SSFP website to apply.
All SSFP locations meet ADA accessibility requirements.
SSFP curriculum is adaptable to fit every student's individual learning style. SSFP lesson plans are personalized. Students work one-on-one will skilled editors and teachers. Our newsroom systems emphasize close reading and pre-writing activities. Students with learning disabilities succeed in SSFP programs. For more information please contact us at
SSFP has staff fluent in Spanish and English available to answer questions and communicate with parents. Students in our La Prensa program write in both Spanish and English. Bilingual editors work one-on-one with students.


  • Simpson Street Free Press South Towne, 2411 W Broadway, Madison, WI 53713



Deidre Green
(608) 223-0489
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Grade 3 (ages 8 to 9)Grade 4 (ages 9 to 10)Grade 5 (ages 10 to 11)Grade 6 (ages 11 to 12)Grade 7 (ages 12 to 13)Grade 8 (ages 13 to 14)Grade 9 (ages 14 to 15)Grade 10 (ages 15 to 16)Grade 11 (ages 16 to 17)Grade 12 (ages 17 to 20)
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Leadership Development and Civic EngagementLife Skills & Social Emotional DevelopmentVolunteering / Service Learning
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Last updated: 
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 4:00pm