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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.

Check out the latest issue of Letters from the LOFT, the Lussier LOFT Newsletter.

LOFT Webpage Photo w logo 2Our high school Enrichement programming, TEENworks program and Transition Academy aim to provide young people with opportunities for holistic development in the areas of: 

  • Academic development and support 
  • College and career readiness 
  • Leadership 
  • 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.

For information about the Lussier LOFT at the Goodman Community Center, contact Alejandra Becerril Estrada, Assistant Director of Youth Programs, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-204-8014.

Photo by Beth Skogen.

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.

laura zastrow photography mission montage 001 22webThe 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.

For more information about LOFT High School Enrichment, contact Alejandra Becerril Estrada, Assistant Director of Youth Programs, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-204-8014.


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.

EXISTING STUDENT FALL ENROLLMENT FORM

For all other youth, please fill out this enrollment form.

NEW STUDENT FALL 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.

 

Photo by Laura Zastrow Photography.

A Day at GCC 071515 CREDIT Laura Zastrow Photography 10TEENworks 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.

 

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

 

For more information about the TEENworks program, contact Catie Tollefson, TEENworks Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608.204.8020.


Current Career Pathways

Culinary Arts 
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.

Learn more about the Seed to Table Preservation CSA here.


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

 

Photo by Laura Zastrow Photography.

Alejandra
Alejandra, Assistant Director of Youth Programs (she/her/ella)
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!

 

Carrie
Carrie, LOFT Programs Assistant Manager (she/her/hers)
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.

 

Arthur
Arthur, Youth and Family Support Specialist
Hello, my name is Arthur Morgan. I have been blessed to be a part of the Goodman Center for more than 25 years. I've worked in many positions at GCC but spent most of my time working with middle and high school-aged youth. My vision working with youth is to give our young people a safe second home-type environment where they are surrounded by positive mentors and positive vibes to give them the inner strength they need to deal with this madness we call life. I want our youth to leave Goodman as positive young leaders.

High School Enrichment

AllisonAllison, College & Career Exploration Coordinator (she/her/hers)
Hello, my name is Allison Ward and I'm the College and Career Exploration Coordinator here at GCC. I'm originally from Lamartine, WI (about 15 minutes outside of Fond du Lac), where I grew up on my family dairy farm. I moved to Stevens Point in 2009 to attend UW-Stevens Point where I majored in Arts Management and Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. After graduation I stayed in Stevens Point to work as an Admissions Counselor and Social Media Coordinator for the Office of Admissions at UWSP. I made the move to Madison in the spring of 2019 to follow my passion with a position at Overture Center for the Arts assisting with the Jerry Awards and Disney Musicals in Schools, and also joined the WORT Community Radio family by becoming a volunteer DJ for Better Living Through Show Tunes every 4th and 5th Sunday of the month. I'm excited to help students to explore their passions and discover all of the options and paths they can take after high school!

TEENworks

Catie
Catie, TEENworks Manager (she/her/hers)
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!

 

Kesha
Kesha, TEENworks Employment Coordinator (she/her/hers)
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!

 

Kate
Kate, TEENworks High School Coordinator (she/her/hers)
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!

 

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