Success Stories

OFS crew celebrates the completion of the Bernice Owen (in front, in blue) Condominiums located on Crescent Rd. in Allied Neighborhood.

The meaning of success:
Operation Fresh Start’s goal for each of its participants is that they attain success through connection to work and education. 80% of those who enroll complete the program, enrolling in post-secondary education or entering unsubsidized employment. Follow-up studies show that 82% of OFS graduates are currently in post-secondary education or jobs averaging $11.85/hour. Eighty-four percent have remained free of criminal offense. In its 40 years of service, OFS has enrolled over 7,300 young people, and its construction training crews have built or re-built 210 homes sold to first-time, low-income buyers or leased to very low-income households.


Operation Fresh Start provides area youth on the job training, academic resources

Fresh Start and Madison Area Land Trust Team Up to Complete Affordable Green Home
Building a home is not unlike building a future. You want to create something beautiful….and sustainable. That is what happened through a unique partnership between Operation Fresh Start and the Madison Area Community Land Trust. The two agencies teamed up to produce a unique green renovation project for the Land Trust, an organization that provides permanently affordable housing options. Young people from Operation Fresh Start rebuilt an old home to be attractive, but also energy-efficient and enduring.

On Green View, MGE’s renewable energy channel, see how the Land Trust and Fresh Start are building better homes and better lives.

De’Andre Alexander

De’Andre Alexander Named Corpsmember of the Year
In 2011 the Corps Network, a national network of 150 youth service and conservation corps, is honoring six young people as Corpsmembers of the Year. Operation Fresh Start is proud to announce that OFS participant De’Andre Alexander has been selected as one of these six honored individuals.

We invite you to read De’Andre’s story and those of the other five Corpsmembers of the Year as described in the Huffington Post.

In June, De’Andre completed his AmeriCorps term of service at Fresh Start and was accepted to be a Team Leader in the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) in Sacramento, CA. Team leaders provide experience and leadership to teams of AmeriCorps NCCC members as they work to strengthen communities. Team leaders coordinate the activities of 8-12 corps members per team, ages 18-24, in service projects that generally last 6-8 weeks in the areas of natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Find out more about NCCC and the Team Leader position.