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Youth Business Mentoring Program

Common Wealth Development's Youth Business Mentoring Program (YBMP)


The program provides teens with the following:

  1. A 2-week training that covers pre-employment and financial literacy skill development
  2. Wrap-around mentoring support from both Common Wealth Development Youth Workforce staff and supportive workplace managers
  3. A guaranteed job placement (pending successful completion of two-week training, regular communication with mentor, and show proof of eligibility to work)

Spring 2024 Program Applications

Applications will be considered complete with the submission of both a STUDENT and PARENT/GUARDIAN application. Applications are due by 12pm on  Friday, April 26th.

Student Application

Parent/Guardian Application (English)

Parent/Guardian Application (Spanish)

Intake and Training

After submission, one of the facilitators will be in touch to discuss next steps. If accepted, an intake prior to training will be scheduled at that time. 

The Spring 2024 training will be held Monday through Friday, May 6th-17th, after school at East High School.

Please see the Youth Business Mentoring Website for other upcoming dates.


Upon program completion, each student will be paired with a mentor who will meet with them to discuss their goals for working and what they’d like to pursue for employment. CWD will serve as a reference for students and assist them in getting hired at a part-time job, and then work with them to ensure it’s a successful placement.  Common Wealth Staff can also enroll students in Work Based Learning with the job they secure in this program to earn elective credits through MMSD's Experiential Learning Program. Contact Ashley Hoeft, Youth Employment Specialist, or Sam Heim, Youth Employment Coordinator, with questions.


Annie Johnston
Youth Workforce Development Manager

Common Wealth Development

1501 Williamson Street, Madison, WI 53703

608-620-7871 (direct office line)
608-220-8155 (cell)
608-256-4499 (fax)