The Youth Initiative High School is an independent, democratic Waldorf school in Viroqua, WI. Founded in 1996 by students, parents and community members, the school uniquely combines democratic principles of student empowerment and responsibility along with a Waldorf curriculum that integrates experiential, academic, and creative learning.
YIHS has always had a strong link to local agriculture. Located in Vernon County, WI, which has the most organic farms per capita in the nation, YIHS has drawn on local farmers for support in developing its nutrition and agriculture curriculum. Several YIHS graduates have also gone on to become entrepreneurial farmers.