Rachel Darken

Rachel Darken, 2016 M List with Madison Magazine

Karen Bednar Uncategorized 1 Comment

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 and support” the growth and success of the students she mentors. She says she recently received a card from a former client who was promoted to a manager and is starting college. “It’s incredible to walk in every day knowing you’re helping people prepare for their future,” Rachel says.

Rachel began her work at Common Wealth in 2012 as a Youth Employment Specialist, and was promoted to Youth Programs Director in 2014. She manages a team of five, including two AmeriCorps PASS members, who serve 235 students per year by providing financial literacy training, mock interview practice, and employment placement. To learn more about how to volunteer with Youth Programs, email Rachel. To become a supporter of Youth Programs, click here to donate online or by check.

Madison Magazine’s M List is a who’s who of organizations and individuals who are having an impact on our local culture and economy. In its fourth year, the M List recognizes those making strides as mentors and teachers.

Comments 1

  1. Common Welath’s Youth Program is a jewel. Serving teens in the pivotal age range of 14-16, Common Wealth connects youth to employment, employers to youth, youth to financial savvy and income. All these connections made early on can make an enormous difference in the way a challenged young person imagines a future. As most of us are aware, young people can x-ray us for sincerity, for being real. They will not put up with phonies. Rachel is the REAL real thing and the young people know it–committed, respectful, challenging, convinced that each young person has a vote in shaping their own future. Madison Magazine has chosen wisely as it lifts up Rachel Darken for her direction of Common Wealth’s Youth Program.

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