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The Goodman Community Center in the news:

Seed to Table program receives grants money and a visit from the mayor

April 25, 2014

A grant from the Wisconsin Beverage Association has expanded the Goodman Community Center's Seed to Table program, aimed at helping at-risk students embrace healthy, balanced and active lifestyles Madison, WI


Something big has been cooking at the Goodman Community Center, and it just got even bigger thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Beverage Association and its member companies Coca-Cola Refreshments, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Pepsi-Cola of Madison, and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABFHA).

In the Goodman Community Center's Seed to Table program, students earn academic credits through a hands-on urban agriculture and culinary arts curriculum. Now, thanks to our Wisconsin Beverage partners and the ABFHA, the curriculum will expand so students can explore possible career paths; learn to cook and enjoy a broader range of foods, including fruits and vegetables; and grow and market their own food products. They also will get more active -- biking, walking and gardening -- to help foster behaviors and attitudes that will help them lead balanced, healthy and active lifestyles into adulthood. And, as they acquire these skills, they will help teach younger children at the Goodman Community Center.


Goodman Community Center Director receives Women of Distinction award

May 9, 2013

Executive Director Becky Steinhoff recently received the Women of Distinction award from the YWCA of Madison.Women of Distinction are honored for their community service, professional achievement, integrity, leadership, and dedication to the lives of others and to the quality of life for all stand as a reflection of the YWCA's historic mission and values.

An awards luncheon will take place on May 23 at 11:30 a.m. Other 2013 Women of Distinction incluce Betty Banks, Andreal Davis, Tehmina Islam, Salli Martyniak, and Mona Adams Winston. Learn more about these inspiring leaders.Visit the

YWCA Women of Distinction webpage for more information about this award.



Eliminating food waste to feed more people

January 17, 2013

The Goodman Community Center was featured in Madison Magazine this month for its Seed to Table teen program. Our staff partners with farms and coalitions to make sure ingredients are distributed to families or used for community meals. In November, Vermont Valley Community Farm had a major surplus of squash and wanted to know if we could use them. With this donation, we baked over 500 squash pies as part of our 2,000 family Thanksgiving Basket distribution.

Read the complete article here.


Goodman Center hopes to feed 2,000 families

November 12, 2012
The Goodman Community Center is hoping to provide Thanksgiving baskets to an unprecedented number of children and families this year. An incredible 2,240 families (representing close to 10,000 individuals and 4,770 children) registered to receive baskets this season. The Center is working hard to meet this growing need, but it is a tall order. Madison middle school students Cory and Olive were featured in a Channel 3000 video and article. You can support them by donating food or money. Visit our Thanksgiving Baskets page for more information.

TEENworks Little Library featured in documentary

November 1, 2012
A documentary about the free Little Library Movement that started in Wisconsin, featuring our TEENworks program. Premieres on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 from 2-3:30pm at the UW-Madison Alumni Lounge in the Pyle Center. Check out our colorful little library on the bike path!


Goodman STEM program reducing the achievement gap

October 19, 2012
Neil Heinen of Channel 3000 says of the COMET program, "It's smart, it's healthy and we think it's part of the future of public education. And we're proud of this community for doing it.


September 17, 2012
Mark Seeley of the Wisconsin State Journal features the COMET program, a community center-based collaborative science program for elementary aged kids.

"Where does the water that flows from our faucets come from? And where does it go after it swirls down the drain?

Such simple questions, sort of like, "Why is the sky blue?"

They are the types of questions that will fuel a new effort to bring the study of science to students at six of Madison's community centers.

Read the complete COMET article from the Wisconsin State Journal

COMET Program Launched for Elementary-aged Students


GCC teachers learning how to implement teaching
techniques with the properties of water and ice.
Six Madison community centers, Edgewood College and the University of Wisconsin launch the COMETS Program. Join us for the program launch of this collaborative program for elementary aged students aimed at reducing the achievement gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Madison, WI Sept. 13, 2012 Thanks to a three year, $330,000 grant from the Madison Community Foundation, a collaboration of six community centers (Bridge Lake Point, East Madison, Goodman, Kennedy Heights, Lussier, and Vera Court are launching an exciting new STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) program led by the University of Wisconsin and Edgewood College. Creating Opportunity in Math, Engineering, Technology and Science (COMETS) will provide 400 unduplicated youth and 350 parents with 450 fun and engaging STEM sessions.

COMETS Program Launch
Monday Sept. 17, 2012 at 2 p.m.
East Madison Community Center
8 Straubel Court Madison, WI 53704

"Our children deserve all possible opportunities to help them be active learners, fulfilled individuals, and successful professionals. The COMETS program is such an opportunity. The Madison Community Foundation is proud to be a partner in this effort with the community center collaborative, UW-Madison, and Edgewood College," said Amy Overby, Vice President of Donor Relations.

In all of the efforts to address the achievement gap, the fact that we are working with children sometimes seems to get lost in the noise of curricula, standards, and educational models. School programs are put under tremendous pressure to tutor, test, and drill which can minimize the time available for the basic building block of learning, the joy of discovery. Research is showing that interest in a science, enjoyment of it, and belief in one's own ability are critical if children are going to pursue science-related education and careers. All you have to do is spend five minutes in a community center afterschool program, and you will be quickly reminded that learning can be fun.

The project aims to reduce the MMSD achievement gap of low income children and children of color. The six partnering centers will offer a consistent and significant dosage of fun and engaging science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming to predominantly low-income children in second to fifth grades. Program components include:
1) University of Wisconsin ARMS volunteers will lead STEM clubs at each Center
2) UW will provide center staff with intensive professional development opportunities and will create 50 science learning sessions and a science activity manual and videos for staff
2) Expose children to the world of science, technology, engineering and math through regular STEM related field trips
3) Engage parents by offering 12 parent activities organized by Edgewood College
4) Organize a center wide Science Symposium hosted at Edgewood College.

"This is a truly innovative and collaborative project. We are excited to be able to lead a program that is most certain to impact the interest and understanding in STEM related fields of so many young people in our Madison Community," Shaheen Sutterwala, UW-Madison Institute for Biology Education.

Arthur Morgan, MERIT facilitator, featured in the Wisconsin State Journal

April 12, 2012

As part of MERIT, Madison Empowering Responsibility in Teens, Arthur Morgan councils youth to be selfish with their lives, "At the end of the day you go home and everything you've done, it comes down to you." Read the complete article in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Canning and Freezing project "leading the charge" among food pantries

March, 2012

The Goodman Community Center wants to offer healthy food options year-round to food pantry costumers. Nora Hertel of Madison Commons reports on our mission to preserve food from local gardens and food resources. Please click here for the complete article.

For more information on our teen vocational job-training program, visit our TEENworks page.


Goodman Teacher writes for Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine

February, 2012

Diane Schwartz, the Elementary Outdoor Education Teacher at the Center, writes about her experiences bringing kids outdoor: " I love being shown how to see something in an entirely new way and sometimes it takes a child to do it." To read the complete article, please follow this link.

Goodman Community Center and Hy-Vee Partner to Raise Turkeys Donations

November 5, 2011

"Buy a Ham, Get a Turkey Free"
This year due to budget constraints, the Goodman Community Center will not be receiving donated turkeys from the CAC (Community Action Coalition). Hy-Vee is currently promoting "buy a ham, get a free turkey" and volunteers for the Fritz Food Pantry will be at Hy-Vee on Saturday, November 5th from 10 AM to 3 PM asking Hy-Vee customers to donate their free turkey to the Goodman Community Center's Fritz Food Pantry to be given out to a family this holiday season.

"This is a win/win for the community, Hy-Vee and our families in need this Thanksgiving season", says, Kathy Utley, Food Security Coordinator for the Fritz Food Pantry. "We would like to thank Hy-Vee and our volunteers for this opportunity to provide 1,000 families a full Thanksgiving Basket."

Those interested in donating food or money (to purchase turkeys and fresh foods) can call 241.1574 x249.


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