Youth-Business Mentoring Program with Common Wealth Development

Common Wealth has been providing area teens with training and enriching first job experiences since 1991.  With the current economic climate, the unemployment rate for the nation’s teens is approximately triple that of adults.  Our Youth-Business Mentoring Program helps level the playing field.

Customer service with Chocolate Shoppe Ice CreamOur Youth-Business Mentoring Program provides youth an intensive three week pre-employment training followed by a job placement with a supportive business.  We begin by teaching teens how to effectively find, apply, and interview for jobs.  The key, however, is the next step when we work with them on keeping and excelling at a job once they have one.  Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream partners with us to show our participants how to provide superior customer service and exceed employer expectations.

 

Youth and workplace mentor at Prairie Music AcademyAfter a teen successfully completes our training, the real fun begins!  We place them in a job and together with their workplace supervisor, our staff mentors program participants during their job placements.  This double-mentoring ensures that a youth has the support he or she needs to make the most of their employment opportunity and overcome problems that may arise in a first job.

Thank You 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-Business Mentoring Program – Fall Schedule

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We’re halfway through the summer, which means our Youth Programs staff has already started gearing up for the fall! The start of the 2014-2015 school year brings with it another round of Youth-Business Mentoring Program trainings.

Are you 14 to 16 years old and interested in learning valuable employment and financial management skills? Would you like the opportunity to have...


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Taste of Willy Street Success!

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The 13th annual Taste of Willy Street was held at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center on Tuesday, May 6th. We had an amazing turnout, with nearly all of the tickets sold ahead of time! The food was delicious, the music was charming, and everyone left full and satisfied. Thank you to all of the businesses who donated food and drinks and...


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Celebrating a Backyard Hero

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Common Wealth’s Youth Programs is proud to recognize Jeff Westra as our Backyard Hero through the Community Shares of Wisconsin. Jeff has been a volunteer in our Youth Programs since 2011 when he became involved through the Greater Madison Society of Human Resource Management. Over the years, Jeff has conducted mock interviews with countless teens in our programs. Most importantly,...


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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.

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Rachel Darken, Youth Programs Director
Suzie Considine, former Youth Programs...


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Contribute to Youth!

There are many ways to get involved with our programs and make a meaningful contribution to the youth we are working with.  Just click on the links below to get started. You can donate money to help us create employment and financial opportunities for youth so they can exert more control of their lives! You can partner to hire and mentor one of our program participants at your business! You can volunteer to mock interview teens in our programs!

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