Welcome to OFS

Our Vision:
All youth ages 16-24 are assets in our community.

Our Mission:
Operation Fresh Start provides disconnected youth a path to self-sufficiency.

Operation Fresh Start (OFS) provides a path forward for disconnected youth in Dane County, ages 16-24, through education, mentoring, and employment training. OFS programs offer youth and young adults opportunities to gain meaningful, supported work experience, while completing their high school diploma or completing industry certifications and continuing on to higher education and/or self-sustaining employment.

All dollars donated from August 1st – September 30th will be matched up to $50,000 thanks to the generosity of 2nd Market Capital Economic Opportunity Foundation! in honor of our 50th Anniversary!

What’s New at OFS?

Operation Fresh Start is celebrating 50 years of serving disconnected youth ages 16 – 24 in Dane County and guiding them on their path to self-sufficiency!

We will host a live streamed video series Friday, Sept. 18 through Wednesday, Sept. 23. You can watch from noon – 12:30 p.m. each day on the OFS YouTube channel or Facebook page. We will be looking back at Operation Fresh Start’s 50-year history, hearing from participants we’ve served and highlighting the impact of our organization on Dane County. Each day we’ll feature a theme, a speaker on that theme, and an award recipient.


Thursday, Sept. 24 – Due to Dane County COVID-19 health regulations, were are limiting attendance to our outdoor invite only event at Warner Park to 25 people. We will live stream the event for anyone who would like to participate virtually. It will include a speaker panel and discussion of future OFS programming that’s made possible thanks to community donations!


OFS Programs

OFS Drive
Do you need your driver license for work or school?

Are you 18 to 24 years old?

Are you ready to work toward your goals?

OFS Drive can help you reach your goals.

OFS Legacy Program
Do you need your high school diploma?

Are you ready to work?

Are you 16 to 24 years old?

OFS Legacy can help you reach your goals.

Are you looking to earn more money through job training and work experience?

Are you 17 to 24 years old with a diploma, HSED or GED?

Our STRIVE Program can help you reach your goals.

Do you need to get your diploma or HSED/GED, but aren’t sure which program is right for you?

Are you 18 to 24 years old?

Our Options Program can help you explore your options.

Graduate Crew
Are you looking for more construction trades experience before beginning an apprenticeship?

Do you have some experience in Construction?

The OFS Grad Crew can help you gain the skills and experience you need to begin a career in the construction trades.



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