Welcome to OFS

Operation Fresh Start provides Dane County youth a path to self-sufficiency through education and job training.

In Dane County, we face a racial disparity and an achievement gap. There are over 3,000 disconnected youth age 16 – 24 in Dane County – the vast majority of them people of color and have not completed high school.
Operation Fresh Start (OFS) has been helping youth attain a fresh start for forty-five years.

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Operation Fresh Start programming:

OPTIONS: OPTIONS engages more than 200 Dane County youth ages 16-24 who are not on track to complete high school. Helping them chart a future to High School completions and assisting them overcome challenges assures that more people earn a High School diploma in our community.
A Vision for the Community—An OPTION for Each Youth

Pathways: Through our core PATHWAYS program 130 youth annually are working toward their high school diploma, learning job skills, developing career goals and strategies to achieve them, and serving their communities by building homes or working on conservation crews.
In the process, they fundamentally change their lives and roles in society. As Dane County’s youth employment, education, and training program for disconnected youth ages 16-24, Fresh Start addresses the core issues facing Dane County communities: education, employment, crime prevention, affordable housing and leadership development.
As a community, we have the option of engaging disconnected youth or letting them slide. If we let them slide, we have a lost investment and a future cost. We need your help to make sure that each youth knows a path is available.

Please consider a donation to help young people get a second chance in life.

Operation Fresh Start is a non-profit builder of affordable housing constructing new or remodeling homes. These homes are sold on the open market to low- and moderate-income buyers. OFS is able to provide financial assistance to make the homes more affordable to buyers. Email or call 608-345-5577 to speak with Laurie Logan about our homes. VIEW OUR AVAILABLE HOMES NOW!

Operation Fresh Start Conservation Corps works year-round to complete meaningful, labor intensive conservation and community development work projects on public lands in South Central Wisconsin.
For a modest funding match, almost all units of government and non-profit organizations can sponsor an OFS crew. Eligible project sponsors include school districts, lake associations, environmental groups, historical societies, civic organizations, many sporting clubs, and more. Find out more about our conservation crews and what they can do for your community or organization.