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 find a job that fits the participant’s interests and schedule.

In 2015, Common Wealth provided 311 teens with high quality financial education, mentoring, employment and job retention skills. Common Wealth also placed 99 teens in jobs with local businesses.







2015 Youth Programs Employers

We are grateful to the following area businesses that provided employment to participants in the Youth-Business Mentoring Program:

Common Wealth is grateful to the following volunteers who either helped us do mock interviews with Youth Programs participants, or spoke at a graduation for Youth-Business Mentoring Program participants. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Rachel Darken, Youth Programs Director, at 608.256.3527 x18 or

  • Jaime Benton
  • Robert Coffin
  • Grant Gelhar
  • Ada Gonzales
  • Keith Johnston
  • Randy Joswig
  • Christina Juneau
  • Jackie Lisowski
  • Nancy Martin
  • Rudy Moore
  • Joann Nichols
  • Sean O’Herrin
  • Sarah Olson
  • Phyllis Pleuss
  • Randall Reinke
  • Tamaris Relerford
  • Susan Robbins
  • Deb Simon
  • Katharine Stalker
  • Michele Thoren
  • Walter Williams
  • Steven Zwickel

Youth Programs at Common Wealth would not be possible without the generous support of the following donors. If you would like to make a donation to support Common Wealth’s work, please visit our Donate page or contact Mike Sweitzer-Beckman, Fund Development Manager, at 608.256.3527 x34 or

Major Supporters of Youth Programs in 2015 ($7,500+)

American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation


CUNA Mutual Foundation

Dane County Department of Human Services

City of Madison Community Development Division

Other Supporters of Youth Programs in 2015



  • Robert Beckman
  • Cory Borgen
  • Maja Christiansen
  • Beverly K. Fergus
  • Constance Kilmark
  • Maureen McGilligan-Bentin
  • Ted Parker
  • Michael Rosenberg and Cheryl Daniels
  • Karen Sallander
  • George Swamp
  • David L. Wallner

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