For forty-eight years, Operation Fresh Start (OFS) has been providing youth a path to self-sufficiency, having helped over 8,000 youth engage in education, career planning and placement, and transition. In 2019, OFS will move into a new facility with opportunities to expand training and partnerships to serve twice as many youth.
Operation Fresh Start has engaged Wood Communications in an Opportunity Roadmap and Needs Assessment. The purpose of this is to conduct focus groups, assess existing opportunities, craft programming, and develop partnerships that will best service the 16-24 youth and young adult population in Dane County.
As we work to hone the Opportunity Roadmap and Needs Assessment, we are making plans for what to expect in our new home in 2019.
Career Specific Trainings will begin in the new space. This includes pre-apprenticeship/micro-enterprise opportunities for youth in local food processing, wood working and conservation. The program will be modeled on the successful Graduate Crew model supported by fee-for-service revenue.
Employment Training/Transition Services will increase. These are services for under-employed or unemployed youth. Providing additional either industry specific and/or general employment ability training for individuals 18 – 24 years old. This is short-term programming focuses on job search, preparation, linkage with training opportunities and post-employment retention coaching. This would be altering the current Job Center system to provide for a separate front door and services for youth.
Special thanks to the Hovde Foundation for helping to support an action plan for creating innovative new programming.
In our future home, we will have more space for partnerships and programs. Imagine what is possible. If you’d like to partner in the development of new programming in our future home, please contact Greg Markle, OFS Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.