Youth-Business Mentoring Program with Common Wealth Development

Common Wealth Development 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.

Taste of Willy Street is Coming May 6th!

Taste of Willy Poster

The Greater Williamson Area Business Association and Common Wealth Development’s Youth Programs are collaborating to present the 13th annual Taste of Willy Street on Tuesday, May 6 at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, 953 Jenifer Street. This is an annual fundraising event for GWABA that also greatly benefits Common Wealth Development’s Youth Programs. The Taste is a local culinary...


Youth Programs Receives Award








Youth Programs Receives Award

            From left to right:  Rachel Darken, Youth Employment Specialist,
Suzie Considine, Youth Programs Director,

Tyrone Cratic Williams, Youth Employment and Financial Literacy Specialist

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

          The award...


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