Commonalities Event Series – Night Two: Youth Programs Focus

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Common Wealth Youth Programs has positively affected youth in the Greater Madison area since 1991. By providing employment training and job placements for program participants, Common Wealth has helped over 8,500 youth develop valuable employment skills, connect to employment opportunities, and benefit from quality mentoring relationships.

To learn about Common Wealth’s Youth Programs, join us at Old Sugar Distillery from 5:00-7:00PM on Wednesday, May 17, for the second night in our Commonalities Event Series. At this free event you’ll get to learn about Common Wealth’s youth programs while mingling with Common Wealth staff, board members, and other great folks. There will be free food by Underground Food Collective and a cash bar including a signature cocktail (with $2 from each drink going to Common Wealth) by Old Sugar Distillery. Space is limited, so please register for the event by May 12th.

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Common Wealth continues our mission in 2017 with longstanding and innovative programming initiatives. Our flagship program, the Youth-Business Mentoring Program, is an intensive 3-week job training program that serves 151 youth every year. From each public Madison and Sun Prairie High School, student participants are recruited to voluntarily participate in employment skill and financial literacy development. Program participants are then matched with a local business partner for seasonal or long-term employment. Mentorship plays a key role throughout our programming is it allows for constant communication, problem solving, and job coaching all while contributing to soft skill development.

Common Wealth also provides an opportunity for local youth to develop their pre-employment skills and financial literacy through our Employment and Financial Education Workshops. We partner with various schools and community groups every year to help over 100 youth in middle and high school build the skills they need to be successful in the workplace.

The Wanda Fullmore Youth Internship Program is Common Wealth’s latest programming effort. Partnering with the City of Madison and the Mayor’s Office, in two years, Common Wealth has provided over 80 students with paid internships in various City of Madison departments. On pace to add another 50 student participants in the summer of 2017, Common Wealth continues to help underserved city residents gain exposure to local government and build connections to their community while providing a platform for student success.

Through these programs, Common Wealth uses employment and financial literacy as vehicles to teach teens life skills and to give them the opportunities and the power to change their lives. Our program participants develop self-esteem, leadership and conflict resolution skills, and interpersonal competence. In 2017, we will help over 300 youth develop and apply employment and money management skills, explore careers and higher education, and have access to employment opportunities, earned income, and supportive relationships with adult mentors.

Again, we hope you’ll join us at Old Sugar Distillery from 5:00-7:00PM on Wednesday, May 17, to learn more about our exciting work with area youth. Space is limited, so please register for the event by May 12th. Register at


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