Diana, Madison West High School

Youth Programs alumni testimonial: Diana’s story

Liz Machesney Youth Programs 1 Comment

Diana’s story is one that impeccably captures the goal of Common Wealth’s Youth-Business Mentoring Program (YBMP). Now a junior at Madison West High School, Diana completed YBMP during the first semester of her sophomore year; she was hired at TJ Maxx within a month of successfully completing the training and has now worked there for over a year. While she …

Wanda Fullmore Summer Internship Program participants, 2016. Photo by Kent Sweitzer.

Fifty youth from Madison complete Wanda Fullmore Summer Internship Program

Mike Sweitzer-Beckman Youth Programs 1 Comment

The third annual Wanda Fullmore Internship Program concluded last week, with fifty youth residing in the City of Madison completing eight week summer internships with various City of Madison departments. For the second consecutive year, Common Wealth was chosen as the nonprofit partner to administer the internship program, increasing from 30 interns in 2015 to 50 in 2016. The internship …

Graduates of the Youth-Business Mentoring Program at Madison West High School, Fall 2015. Photo by Kent Sweitzer.

2015 Youth Programs Annual Review

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Each year, we like to highlight the impact of our Youth Programs from the previous year, including the Youth-Business Mentoring Program (YBMP) and Employment & Financial Literacy Workshops. We do this in August because we like to provide the most accurate information about how many students in the YBMP that we placed in jobs, and sometimes it takes several months to …

Liz Machesney, PASS AmeriCorps member serving at Common Wealth

Reflection on the PASS AmeriCorps experience at Common Wealth by Liz Machesney

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Serving as a PASS AmeriCorps Member with Common Wealth Youth Programs grants me the opportunity to work directly with teens from a very diverse set of backgrounds. In the mentoring aspect of my position, I develop relationships with high school youth who complete our three-week training and then become eligible to apply for and get placed into part time jobs. …

Yanglee Vang, Youth Programs alum

Youth Programs Alumni Profile: Yanglee Vang

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We recently had a chance to catch up with Yanglee (Yang) Vang, a participant in the Youth-Business Mentoring Program during the 1998-99 school year while a student at Madison East High School. After completing the three week training, she was placed at the Puzzle Box, a toy store on State Street now known as A New Hope Collectible Toys & …

Antilica Xiong, student at Sun Prairie High School

Youth Programs Profile: Antilica Xiong

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We recently had a chance to catch up with Antilica Xiong, a student at Sun Prairie High School (SPHS) and recent participant in Common Wealth’s Youth-Business Mentoring Program. Tili was placed through the program at Orange Leaf, a frozen yogurt store. She officially completed the Youth-Business Mentoring Program in December, about four months after she was placed in her job. …

Mario Mack

Mario Mack: From Youth-Business Mentoring Program to mentoring kids on the southwest side

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Mario Mack strolls the halls at Falk Elementary School on Madison’s southwest side. He calms down a girl who is flustered by a classmate who was making fun of her. He advises her to stay cool and he’ll check on the situation. As the parent liaison for the school, he is trying to help kids now and into the future. …

Mock interview at Madison West High School, a component of the 3 week training program provided to 135 youth annually by Common Wealth.

Youth Programs Volunteer Opportunities

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Common Wealth is looking for volunteers in the following areas. Please contact Rachel Darken, Youth Programs Director, at 608.256.3527 x18 or Rachel@cwd.org if you have any questions or would like to get involved! Mock Interviews Common Wealth conducts several sessions of our Youth-Business Mentoring Program and our Employment Workshops during the year in which we teach students the basics of …

2014 Youth Program Annual Review

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In its 24th year, Common Wealth’s Youth Program was successful in its goal to provide disadvantaged youth in the Greater Madison community with employment and financial education, job placements, and mentoring. We served 135 teens in our Youth-Business Mentoring Program, and another 129 youth in our Employment and Financial Education Workshops. 94% of our Youth-Business Mentoring Program participants were students …

Amy Crowe, Summit Credit Union

Amy Crowe – A True Backyard Hero!

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Common Wealth’s Youth Programs is proud to recognize Amy Crowe as our Backyard Hero through the Community Shares of Wisconsin. Common Wealth’s Youth Programs is proud to recognize Amy Crowe as our Backyard Hero through the Community Shares of Wisconsin. Amy Crowe is a Financial Education Specialist, CUDE with Summit Credit Union. As a volunteer for Common Wealth’s Youth Programs …