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.


TEENworks participants on the CSA team work together to create a variety of handmade foods and products for a monthly CSA share available to our community. Teens learn safe food handling techniques and proper packaging and labeling of foods and products. They are also responsible for walking shareholders through each month’s basket, which teaches them valuable customer service skills.

Learn more about the TEENworks 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.

There are no current trainings available, visit our summer page for other high school opportunities!

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:

Catie Tollefson

Vice President of Mission & Programs
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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.