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 …

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2016 Willy Street Fair Raffle

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It is that time of the year again for the Willy Street Fair raffle! We have an awesome lineup of raffle prizes. Ticket sales will go to benefit programming at Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center and Common Wealth. Tickets are 1 for $2, 3 for $5, or 10 for $10. There are a few ways you can get tickets: Stop by the …

Stephanie Bradley Wilson, Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Project coordinator at Common Wealth

Stephanie Bradley Wilson brings 31 years of community experience to Common Wealth

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Stephanie Bradley Wilson worked for Madison Police Department for 31 years – every role from an undercover officer to neighborhood officer to shift commander and lieutenant supervising detectives. In January, she retired and by the end of February, she was hired by Common Wealth to be the Project Manager for the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Initiative. She doesn’t see this …

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CraftOptics featured in Wisconsin State Journal

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CraftOptics, one of Common Wealth’s business incubator tenants at Main Street Industries, was recently featured in the Wisconsin State Journal. Click here to learn more about their prescription glasses with telescopic lenses, especially made for artists and jewelers doing detailed work:

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. …

STEP employee Lavon Bryson working in the native prairie at Holy Wisdom Monastery with Greg Armstrong in April 2016.

STEP participants help restore native prairie at Holy Wisdom Monastery

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“This is the right thing to do at the monastery,” states Greg Armstrong, land management director at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton. Greg directs volunteer efforts to restore the monastery’s 130 acres of former farmland into native prairie. Some of his recent volunteers include participants in Common Wealth’s Southwest Transitional Employment Project (STEP), a program of the Southwest Partnership (SWP) …

Dan Norton (Filament Games), Sarah Hole (Common Wealth), Dan White (Filament Games)

Recap of Lunch & Learn with Filament Games

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On April 5, 2016, we were fortunate to host our business incubator tenants for a Lunch & Learn at Old Sugar Distillery, one of our incubator tenants. Underground Catering (another incubator tenant) provided a delicious meal of pulled pork and smoked brisket, as well as kale salad, potato salad and brownies. Hinckley Productions hooked us up with a sound system. Kent …

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 & …

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Marianne Morton nominated for Athena Award

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Marianne Morton, executive director at Common Wealth, has been nominated for the ATHENA Award. Marianne is one of ten finalists with the award to be presented on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the Concourse Hotel in Madison. The purpose of the award was to bring into focus the outstanding professional and business women in the community and to encourage the …