AmeriCorps Week: March 11 – 17, 2018
Partners for After School Success (PASS) members contribute to AmeriCorps national goals by “Getting Things Done” in Dane County, Wisconsin! PASS is a multi-site program run by the Dane County Department of Human Services in partnership with thirteen host site agencies that provide youth development programming. PASS AmeriCorps members serve at host sites in predominantly low-income communities with the goal of providing educational support alongside middle and high school youth; providing extended learning programs that build social-emotional learning skills and engaging youth in service to the community.
PASS AmeriCorps members are a vital part of the Youth Programs team at Common Wealth Development. Our award-winning programs serve a diverse group of youth who face barriers to employment and higher education throughout Madison and Sun Prairie. Our PASS members co-lead job development and financial literacy workshops for middle, high and alternative school students, as well as help facilitate the placement of teens into local jobs. A large component of the service year is one-on-one student mentoring to ensure each teen’s success at their job placement and in other aspects of their life.
Common Wealth Development is grateful to work with two talented AmeriCorps members this year.
Meet Fathiya Ali. Originally from Somalia, Fathiya has lived in Madison for about six years now. She is currently in her last semester at UW-Madison, majoring in Consumer Finance and getting a certificate in sustainability. She has three children, two boys and a girl. In her free time, she likes to read self-improvement and personal growth books. Her commitment to community and advocacy for families and youth is demonstrated through her service as Vice President of the Somali Community Council in Madison and as an AmeriCorps member with Common Wealth Development. She is very passionate about youth development programs because she has seen the positive effect that it has in community development, seeing how far youth grow in these programs with mentorship. She is very excited to be part of the Common Wealth team and looks forward to meeting with the students that she will be working with this year.
Molly Berg recently joined Common Wealth Development as a PASS AmeriCorps member in January 2018. She grew up in Watertown, Wisconsin, and is graduating this May from UW-Madison with a degree in Rehabilitation Psychology, Spanish and Global Health. As she nears graduation, she is exploring options for pursuing a career in public health. She has worked in the past with youth in Madison School and Community Recreation programs such as AVID at West High and Schools of Hope at Lincoln Elementary. In her free time, Molly enjoys traveling, scrapbooking, and going to different coffee shops are Madison. Molly is a true Badger, loves going to sports events, and serves as house-fellow at UW. She is excited to continue to work with youth in Madison and help them develop and find job opportunities that interest them.
Common Wealth Development is honored to work with Fathiya and Molly, and deeply appreciate their critical assistance with the Youth Business Mentoring Program and the Wanda Fullmore Summer Internship Program. Happy AmeriCorps Week, Fathiya and Molly! Thank you for your service!