Megan Diaz-Ricks Named Director of Economic Development at Common Wealth!

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On behalf of Common Wealth Development, we are honored, privileged, and excited to announce Megan Diaz-Ricks as the Director of Economic Development for Common Wealth Development. “I’m so grateful for this opportunity to support our mission and help to lead our team towards our vision for Madison.” In this role and impact, Megan will lead all aspects of our Economic Development work, including the general vision, program development and administrative and personnel oversight of our Youth and Adult Workforce Development Programs, our Business Incubators (Main Street Industries & Madison Enterprise Center) and our commercial development projects and portfolio. Megan previously served as a Coordination of Care Specialist, supporting Common Wealth’s work in West Madison in the areas of adult workforce …

Congrats on this Next Chapter, Sydney!

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“It definitely feels like a family here,” Sydney reflected. Sydney will be greatly missed as part of the Common Wealth Development crew. Her contributions to the organization over the past one and a half years as a Youth Employment Specialist were instrumental in supporting the Youth Workforce Development Programs during a time of tremendous transformation. Sydney facilitated five sessions of the Youth-Business Mentoring Program at East and Memorial high schools, mentored 60 youth in the Youth-Business Mentoring Program, and worked with 16 youth in the 2018 Wanda Fullmore Youth Internship program. The highlight of her work was witnessing “students’ happiness when they get a job,” an outcome that was a major focus of Sydney’s creativity and commitment. The Youth Business …

Thanks, Liz! Congratulations!

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Common Wealth Development is excited to congratulate Liz Machesney, our Youth Programs Manager! She will be joining the University of Wisconsin Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation as an Associate Student Services Coordinator. Liz started her journey with Common Wealth Development as an AmeriCorps Member three years ago. She grew her career as a Youth Employment Specialist and finally as our Youth Programs Manager. Liz oversaw our youth workforce development programs through a tremendous amount of change in the last year, including facilitating the re-launching of our entrepreneurial agricultural training program (PEAT) with Neighborhood Food Solutions, and transitioning the Youth Business Mentorship Program into a new 2-week curriculum to make the program more accessible for youth. Foremost have been her efforts …

Happy AmeriCorps Week, Fathiya and Molly!

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AmeriCorps Week: March 11 – 17, 2018 Partners for After School Success (PASS) members contribute to AmeriCorps national goals by “Getting Things Done” in Dane County, Wisconsin! PASS is a multi-site program run by the Dane County Department of Human Services in partnership with thirteen host site agencies that provide youth development programming. PASS AmeriCorps members serve at host sites in predominantly low-income communities with the goal of providing educational support alongside middle and high school youth; providing extended learning programs that build social-emotional learning skills and engaging youth in service to the community. PASS AmeriCorps members are a vital part of the Youth Programs team at Common Wealth Development. Our award-winning programs serve a diverse group of youth who …

Wanda Fullmore Interns Matched with City of Madison Departments at Kick-Off Celebration

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The Wanda Fullmore Internship Program kicked off last Monday, June 19th, with a dinner and celebration hosted by Mayor Paul Soglin at Central Library’s beautiful community room. After a long intake and pre-internship training process over the past two weeks, Common Wealth Development Youth Programs staff announced the 45 paid internship placements with the city. Interns and their families had a blast connecting their new respective supervisors – associated with city departments and offices such as Civil Rights, Economic Development, Public Health, Fire Department, Water Utility, Madison Public Library and others. The eight week internship has begun. Mentorship teams through Common Wealth and City of Madison supervisors will continue to support the development of the interns’ job skills and professional …

Congratulations, Tyson Jackson!

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Let us take this opportunity to congratulate Tyson Jackson on his new position with UW Health as their Senior Career Pathways Coordinator!! In this position, Tyson will be responsible for creating, coordinating, teaching and facilitating health career pathways programs and training that will aid in building UW Health’s future diverse clinical and non-clinical workforce.  This is going to be a high-vis position, and a great opportunity for Tyson to continue to showcase his tremendous talents and expertise in the service of the people of Madison and Dane County. Tyson came aboard Common Wealth in May 2013 as a Limited Term Employee, and became a full-time part of the Youth Programs’ staff in October of the same year.  During his time …

Common Wealth welcomes Tiffany Vanphravong to the Youth Programs team!

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Common Wealth is excited to welcome Tiffany Vanphravong to the Youth Programs team! Tiffany is a native Madisonian who was born and raised on the East side. When she graduated from East High School in 2010 as a P.E.O.P.L.E. Scholar, she enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Tiffany focused her education on Human Development and Family Studies and graduated in 2016. After graduation, she worked with both Madison Schools & Community Recreation (MSCR) and the Urban League of Greater Madison before coming to Common Wealth this month. At MSCR, Tiffany ensured that day-to-day after school programs ran smoothly at O’Keeffe Middle School, and even created and led a baking club for students. With the Urban League, she trained volunteers, tutored, …

Diana, Madison West High School

Youth Programs alumni testimonial: Diana’s story

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Diana’s story is one that impeccably captures the goal of Common Wealth’s Youth-Business Mentoring Program (YBMP). Now a junior at Madison West High School, Diana completed YBMP during the first semester of her sophomore year; she was hired at TJ Maxx within a month of successfully completing the training and has now worked there for over a year. While she started the 3-week training a little quiet and timid, she immediately demonstrated maturity and an eagerness to learn and work. From a facilitator’s perspective, it has been beautiful and humbling to watch her eagerness and maturity increase and to see the timid side of her fade away as her first part-time job shone light on the confidence we always knew …

Wanda Fullmore Summer Internship Program participants, 2016. Photo by Kent Sweitzer.

Fifty youth from Madison complete Wanda Fullmore Summer Internship Program

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The third annual Wanda Fullmore Internship Program concluded last week, with fifty youth residing in the City of Madison completing eight week summer internships with various City of Madison departments. For the second consecutive year, Common Wealth was chosen as the nonprofit partner to administer the internship program, increasing from 30 interns in 2015 to 50 in 2016. The internship concluded with a certificate ceremony, presentations by interns, and cake at the Madison Central Library on Friday, August 19, 2016. The Wanda Fullmore Internship Program is designed to help underprivileged teens who are facing some sort of life barrier. It is an opportunity for them to learn about the possibility of working for city government. Wanda Fullmore was first hired …

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: …