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 January 2019, Operation Fresh Start moved to our new home at 2670 Milwaukee Street. Beginning in early 2017, OFS youth, partner programs and community volunteers renovated a former church into a cost-effective learning and training center. 

Operation Fresh Start is a solution that works!

Follow the links below to learn more about OFS:



Board of Directors

Frequently Asked Questions

Partners and Funders

Employment Opportunities

Annual Report