What is OFS Pathways?
OFS Pathways offers in-depth training and work experience while working toward a high school diploma or HSED. Applicants must be 16 to 24 years old. Participants work on construction or conservation crews four days each week. During that time participants focus on personal growth and behavioral change, complete a personalized academic plan, and develop a career plan for transition to college and careers.
What can you expect to gain from OFS Pathways?
Participants work on personal growth and change toward personal goals. Our graduates leave OFS prepared to successfully reach their goals.
What do OFS Pathways Participants do?
OFS Pathways Construction crews build affordable homes throughout Dane County. All homes are energy efficient and are either new construction or renovations of existing homes.
Conservation crews build and maintain natural areas in and around Madison and Dane County. We have contracts with Madison City Parks and Dane County Parks. Projects include building and maintaining trails, removing invasive species, and planting native plants.
OFS Pathways participants work toward their high school diploma or HSED with support from teachers, staff, and volunteers.
With support from their Participant Services Team, Participants explore career and educational options, find internships and paid work, and/or enroll in post-high school education. OFS continues to provide support for participants for one year after completion of their term.
I’m interested! What do I do now?
Fill out a Pathways Interest Form and OFS will contact you.
If you’re ready to apply, go straight to the Pathways Application.
As a result of the Building Futures Campaign, the Pathways Program will increase to serving 150 youth by end of 2021. Currently we serve 120 people through this core program each year. Over the past few years, programming has adjusted to provide for deeper programming for youth, thus lengthening their terms (and creating greater space demands).