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, …

An Art Show by Women Artists comes to the Common Wealth Gallery

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On May 19-24, from 12 noon to 6PM, there will be a show by women artists on display in the Common Wealth Gallery. Additionally, an opening reception will be held from 6:00-9:00PM on May 19th.  The Common Wealth Gallery is a community art gallery located in the historic Madison Enterprise Center at 100 S. Baldwin Street on Madison’s near east-side. Learn more about our gallery at https://www.cwd.org/gallery/.    

Commonalities Event Series – Night Two: Youth Programs Focus

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Common Wealth Youth Programs has positively affected youth in the Greater Madison area since 1991. By providing employment training and job placements for program participants, Common Wealth has helped over 8,500 youth develop valuable employment skills, connect to employment opportunities, and benefit from quality mentoring relationships. To learn about Common Wealth’s Youth Programs, join us at Old Sugar Distillery from 5:00-7:00PM on Wednesday, May 17, for the second night in our Commonalities Event Series. At this free event you’ll get to learn about Common Wealth’s youth programs while mingling with Common Wealth staff, board members, and other great folks. There will be free food by Underground Food Collective and a cash bar including a signature cocktail (with $2 from each …

Common Wealth Board of Directors Congratulates Marianne Morton

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Many in the community are asking about a party for Marianne Morton in honor of her retirement from Common Wealth. It was the Board’s and staff’s fervent wish to celebrate her legacy with a community-wide event to mark her commitment to the work of Common Wealth and to note the major milestones Common Wealth has achieved since she started in 1981. However, Marianne prefers to not be in the limelight and instead speak with people individually. We look forward to marking her legacy when we welcome our new Executive Director in an event that will look both at our history and forward toward our vision for the future. If you wish to reach out to Marianne or make a donation …

Common Wealth Announces Justice Castañeda as its next Executive Director

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, January 13, 2017 Madison—Common Wealth is excited to announce that Justice Castañeda will be its next Executive Director.  Justice brings a blend of qualifications, experience, and a life story that embodies Commons Wealth’s goals. Growing up in the City of Madison with a volatile childhood, Justice personally encountered many social justice organizations in our community.  Upon graduation from Madison’s East High School, Justice enlisted in the Marine Corps where he served two four-year terms before an honorable discharge as Staff Sergeant.  Returning to Madison a veteran, but without a college degree, between terms Justice experienced several barriers in our community including a difficult job placement environment.  Determined to overcome the obstacles in his way, …

The Cargo Bike Shop opens retail spot on Willy Street

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Common Wealth Development welcomes a new business to 1404 Williamson St. by Barry Adams | Wisconsin State Journal Tim Staton has his garage back and Williamson Street has gained a new niche retailer aimed at families looking for an alternative way to cart around their young children, groceries and other packages. Think of The Cargo Bike Shop as a dealership for two-wheeled, eco-friendly versions of the minivan. For the past two years, Staton has been selling cargo bikes through word of mouth and online…click here to continue reading at madison.com.

Bike-focused coffee shop opens on Willy St.

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A new small business is opening up on Willy St. in one of Common Wealth’s buildings. www.cafedomestiquemadison.com By Samara Kalk Derby — Wisconsin State Journal A bike-centered coffee shop opened Saturday next to Batch Bakehouse on Williamson Street. Dan Coppola opened Cafe Domestique, decorated with bicycles, at 1408 Williamson St. The Cargo Bike Shop is getting ready to open next door, specializing in cargo, family, utility and electric-assist bikes.  The cafe is using coffee from Intelligentsia Coffee Roasters and sweet and savory bakery from next door…click here to continue reading at madison.com.   photo by Cafe Domestique  

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 …

Rachel Darken

Rachel Darken, 2016 M List with Madison Magazine

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Rachel Darken, Common Wealth’s Youth Programs Director, is one of 32 mentors and teachers who made the 2016 M List with Madison Magazine. “I’m honored to be included in this group of people dedicated to improving the lives of youth in our community,” said Rachel. “Being a part of this year’s M List isn’t just about one person, though – this honor should also extend to all of the employees on Common Wealth’s Youth Programs team (past and present), our dedicated volunteers, the businesses who employ the youth in our programs, and everyone who has been a part of supporting this vital work.” According to her M List article: Rachel is motivated by the “privilege of being able to witness …

Big changes for the Williamson-Marquette Gazette

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For the past 34 years, Common Wealth, the Marquette Neighborhood Association and the Williamson-Marquette Neighborhood Center have partnered together to produce the Williamson-Marquette Gazette, a bi-monthly newspaper for the Williamson-Marquette neighborhood. We are proud to have provided news and connections to our community for so many years. Volunteers and staff have dedicated an extraordinary amount of time to shape and share the Wil-Mar Gazette. Our community is stronger and more vibrant because of this collaborative effort. With the changing format of news delivery and online networks, our three organizations have come together to evaluate the effectiveness and costs of the Gazette. We have determined that, in order to devote more staff time to emerging projects and offer sustainable, evolving connections within …