Workshops with Common Wealth Development

In addition to our intensive programs, Common Wealth also offers Employment and Financial Literacy Workshops.  We collaborate with schools and other community agencies to offer these workshops to their students and participants.  This enables these organizations to provide their students with a broader curriculum and us the opportunity to help more youth understand the basics of successful job hunting and money management.

The employment portion of our workshops takes the mystery out of job search strategies and explains the secrets of effective job applications.  In addition, mock interviews help students learn what it will be like having to answer typical interview questions.  We focus on strengthening their skills and giving them the confidence to apply and interview successfully for their first  job.

The financial component of our workshops then helps youth understand how to maximize their paycheck once they start earning one.  We teach them the basics of saving and budgeting, help them understand financial institutions, and discuss some big mistakes to avoid.

Youth Programs Hiring!

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Common Wealth’s Youth Programs seeks two motivated and energetic individuals to join our team as full-time AmeriCorps Members. The AmeriCorps Members will help deliver our youth employment and financial education, job placement, saving, and mentoring programs. Members will provide support and instruction to a racially diverse group of youth from underprivileged backgrounds. Members will gain valuable experience teaching skills classes,...


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2013 Youth Program Annual Review

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In its 23rd 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 269 youth in our Employment and Financial Education Workshops.

  • 96% of our Youth-Business Mentoring Program participants were students...

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Thank You Community CHIP!

Teresa, Youth-Business Mentoring Program graduate, and Bonnie, PASS AmeriCorps Member, volunteering for Community CHIP.
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If you shop at the Willy Street Co-op, you’re probably familiar with the Community CHIP program. Community CHIP is a fundraising partnership between Willy Street Co-op and Community Shares of Wisconsin, allowing co-op shoppers to “chip” in 1% of their total purchase to be donated to the nonprofit member organizations of Community Shares of Wisconsin.

Common Wealth is lucky enough...


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Youth Programs Receives Award

Youth Programs Receives Award
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On October 16, Common Wealth’s Youth Programs received the Youth Gang Prevention and Intervention Services Award from the
Dane County Youth Gang Prevention Task Force.

The award recognizes the outstanding work of Common Wealth’s efforts to connect gang-involved and at-risk youth with employment and mentoring opportunities.

From left to right:
Rachel Darken, Youth Programs Director
Suzie Considine, former Youth Programs...


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