Lussier LOFT High School & TEENworks Programs
The Lussier LOFT at the Goodman Community Center offers programs for high school youth, designed to enhance their success at school, at home and in their community.
- Academic development and support
- College and career readiness
- Community engagement
- Health and wellness
- Social-emotional learning
Our experienced staff develop clubs and program opportunities designed to help teens find and express their unique voice in telling their story. The LOFT is here for fun, inclusive opportunities to explore, learn and create together.
To our families: We believe families are the foundation for lifelong learning, and we support each other by sharing resources, responsibilities and celebrating together. To our community: Teens are vital members of our community, and it is our goal to identify and provide opportunities for young people to engage with our community in a meaningful way.
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Explore the tabs below to learn more about the three branches of the LOFT High School Program.
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.
The Lussier LOFT High School Enrichment Program at the Goodman Community Center provides afterschool and summer school opportunities for teens in grades 9 through 12. Teens are able to participate in clubs and mini-courses that will equip them with skills related to college and career readiness, leadership, community engagement, health and wellness, and social-emotional learning, as well as all-around support.
2021/2022 School Year Programming
High School Enrichment program begins Wednesday, September 8th.
We are excited to offer after-school enrichment programs for the 2021-2022 school year! We will start the year offering Tuesday evening dinner, study hall, and mini-courses, with plans to expand days offered as the semester progresses. For more info on programming, and to view our daily schedule, click here. Our program is open to all high school youth. We provide school pick-up for East High students and take-home transportation on a case-by-case basis for youth in the service area mapped here.
If your youth was enrolled in our summer 2021 program AND your address, emergency contact, school, and medical information hasn't change, you may fill out this shortened enrollment for fall program.
For all other youth, please fill out this enrollment form.
This enrollment form is the first step in our process. A program manager will follow up with you to confirm your enrollment and to discuss program schedule and transportation needs.
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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.
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.
Current Career Pathways
The Goodman Community Center’s Working Class 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 Youth Coaching
In collaboration with the 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.
As a community, we are thankful for all the effort that our student workers give every day to help run Goodman Community Center.
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Hello! I'm Alejandra, and I lead our amazing group of youth workers. You will meet me during your initial contact with our programs and my goal is to help our programs be as inclusive and accessible as possible. I grew up in Madison but my family's roots are in Mexico. I have a strong sense of pride in my community and my work at Goodman. I love seeing our youth develop and become leaders. Outside of Goodman, I am usually tending to my plants, spending time with my family and learning about social issues. I am always taking recommendations for my next book to read, show to watch and albums to listen to!
Hello! I'm Carrie. I've worked with youth in community-based education for about 15 years, the last 5 with the LOFT. In my role, I support all teen programs in a variety of ways: organizing, collecting narratives and program data, supporting lesson plan development, strengthening partnerships and trying to help keep the flow going smoothly! I love how this program celebrates the good times and strengthens lives through the hard times. I enjoy getting young people outside to enjoy all the beauty in this world; spending time exploring identity, culture and community; and giving youth a space to explore who they are and understand their value and intelligence. I am thankful to be part of this LOFT family, working with people I adore and young people who inspire me endlessly. When I'm not at work, you'll find me somewhere outside with my family (hiking, biking, gardening, canoeing), reading a good book or eating something really delicious.
High School Enrichment
Hi! My name is Catie Tollefson, and I am the TEENworks manager at the Goodman Community Center. I am a lifelong Madison north-sider and a graduate of East High school and UW-Madison. I gained much of my youth employment experience managing teen employees for more than 20 years at Ella’s Deli. In 2018, I began volunteering at GCC, became the FYI Teen Employment Program Coordinator in 2019, and moved into my current role in 2020. I believe in youth employment training that exposes youth to different work experiences in a supportive environment. To me, a successful teen employment experience develops not only employment skills but also confidence, initiative and a better understanding of long-term, post-high school goals. I feel very fortunate to be a part of the amazing Goodman Community Center family!
Hiya! My name is Tara Coberly-Horrall, and I am the TEENworks Employment Coordinator here at the Goodman Center. I have worked at Goodman for the last 4 years, beginning in the Program Kitchen and continuing on with TEENWorks. I work with high school students on learning employment skills through culinary, preservation and other employment opportunities. I like to focus on initiative and leadership development, with the hope that youth are empowered to continue on their life journey, wherever it may take them. Outside of Goodman, I enjoy gardening, anything in the water and going on adventures with friends and family!
Hi, my name is Kesha, and I'm the TEENWorks Employment Coordinator! Working with youth has always been a passion of mine, and I have enjoyed this work for about 12 years now.I love helping youth discover who they are, and who they can become through positive interactions and restorative practices when needed. I have worked with youth in different capacities and at varying age levels, from KinderCare, MSCR, Briarpatch, Girls Inc. and more; and now I am looking forward to working with and engaging the youth here at Goodman Community Center!
Hi everyone! My name is Kate Ferguson, and I am so excited to join the Goodman LOFT team as the TEENworks High School Coordinator! I graduated from UW-Madison in May after studying community and environmental sociology and environmental studies. Over the last year I also served with AmeriCorps in the Partners for After School Success program at Wright Middle School. I love working with youth and helping empower them to be their best selves and strive for greatness! In my free time, I enjoy doing creative projects and camping or hiking with my dog!