About 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.

A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Operation Fresh Start has provided comprehensive employment and training services to over 8,000 youth and adults in Dane County, Wisconsin since 1970.

OFS Programs are designed to transform lives at a critical time in a young person’s life. Our programs provide a path forward for disconnected youth in Dane County, ages 16-24, through mentoring, education, and employment training, leading to completing high school and continuing their education and/or self-sustaining employment.

In 2019, Operation Fresh Start will be moving into its new home at 2670 Milwaukee Street. Since early 2017, OFS youth, partner programs and community volunteers have been renovating a former church into a cost-effective learning and training center. Please head over to the Building Futures page to learn more about the agency’s first ever capital campaign, which will double the number of youth we are able to serve each year.

Operation Fresh Start is a solution that works!