Welcome to OFS

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

In Dane County there are over 3,000 disconnected youth, ages 16 – 24. The vast majority of them have not completed high school and many lack the connections and resources needed to succeed in life. Operation Fresh Start (OFS) is here to help these youth find a path forward and a new beginning. We believe in fresh starts.


    • Building Futures is now. Please take a moment to learn about our Building Futures Campaign. Make a Donation Today.
    • Still need your high school diploma? Enroll in the Pathways program to get started on your career path.
    • Did you graduate from high school, but aren’t sure what your next step is? Learn more about Strive.
    • OFS received special recognition for restoring the stone farm house at Silverwood County Park and turning it into a Visitor Center. Read the complete article in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Operation Fresh Start is embarking on a capital campaign to serve twice as many youth in a new youth empowerment center. Our hope is that you will become our partner in moving the vision for our community forward.

We are excited to share that our new home will be located at 2670 Milwaukee St, in the past home of Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School. Fresh Start will be renovating this well-constructed space to be a cost-effective learning and training center for young adults. One of the most exciting aspects of the campaign is that OFS participants will do a large portion of the space build out.

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We hope you will partner with us during this exciting time in our organization. Click on the donate tab to give today!



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