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.

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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Amy Crowe – A True Backyard Hero!

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Common Wealth’s Youth Programs is proud to recognize Amy Crowe as our Backyard Hero through the Community Shares of Wisconsin.

Amy Crowe is a Financial Education Specialist, CUDE with Summit Credit Union. As a volunteer for Common Wealth’s Youth Programs since 2009, Amy Crowe shared her financial knowledge to help develop a financial education curriculum. She also coordinates field trips...


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Youth-Business Mentoring Program – Spring 2015 Schedule

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We’re halfway through the school year, which means the Youth Programs staff is gearing up for 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 a part-time job? Do you want to know the three keys to succeeding...


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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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