Goodman Community Center | TEENWORKS

TEENworks participants learn critical employment skills in a supportive, hands-on environment.

Through this program, high school students have the opportunity to train in several career pathways at the Goodman Community Center, including culinary arts, working with youth and coaching youth sports. We plan to continue to expand upon these opportunities as this program grows.

TEENworks youth earn an hourly wage while receiving paid training in skills like resume writing, interviewing and appropriate workplace behavior. All youth work toward a national certification specific to their chosen pathway, and TEENworks participants are also eligible to earn the Employability Skills certificate and high school credit.

Culinary Arts

The Goodman Community Center’s Good Works Community Catering is made possible by youth in the culinary career pathway. These students work alongside culinary professionals to develop skills in a commercial kitchen setting. They learn safe food handling techniques, as well as the history and science behind a variety of foods. Students in the culinary program also assist in our Fritz Food Pantry.

Youth Coaching

In collaboration with Fit Youth Initiative (FYI), youth take leadership roles in working with and coaching preschool and elementary students in health and fitness activities. Not only do TEENworks teens provide skills coaching to these young children, they also develop relationships that foster social-emotional growth in these kiddos.

Seed to Table Preservation CSA

TEENworks participants who enroll in the Seed to Table Preservation team work with food from the very early stages – learning gardening and harvesting skills – through the prep and preservation process. They learn safe food handling techniques, the science behind preservation and proper packaging and labeling of foods. These teens are also responsible for walking shareholders through each month’s basket, which teaches them valuable customer service skills.

Learn more about the Seed to Table Preservation CSA here.

Get Involved

All teen employees must complete an employment training series before scheduling shifts. We typically do three trainings during the school year (fall, winter and spring) and two trainings in the summer.

To get information about dates, times and requirements of our next training session, please fill out the interest form below.

TEENWORKS INTEREST FORM
A teen looks over his shoulder and smiles from inside the Goodman Center's professional kitchen. He is dressed in his catering uniform.

Laura Zastrow Photography

Community Thanks

As a community, we are thankful for all the effort that our student workers give every day to help run Goodman Community Center.

For more information about the TEENworks program contact:

Kesha McCurty

TEENworks Manager
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The Goodman Community Center's high school programs for youth grades 9-12 are made possible by a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, the City of Madison, United Way of Dane County and the generous support of our donors. As a Community Learning Center (CLC), GCC's afterschool programs provide youth with academic and social-emotional enrichment opportunities.

We regularly evaluate the impact of our programs. Annual program reports are made available upon request.