Out-of-School Youth Programs

Need help continuing your education or finding not just a job, but a career? Join us at the WorkSmart Network and we’ll connect you to Out-of-School Youth career resources and services that can help you get on a career pathway. So are you ready to meet your potential?

Our Process

We know that young adults are the future of our workforce, our economy, and our communities. Check out the resources the WorkSmart Network can offer you to help you find a career.

Are you between 18 and 24 years old? Are you not sure what career you want or need help finding a job? The WorkSmart Network’s Out-of-School Youth programs are here to help.

Career & Skill Help

Our programs provide career exploration and guidance, work readiness and employment, and opportunities for skills training to help prepare you for a successful career pathway.

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Career Success

We want to position you on a good pathway to a rewarding career because we know that confident, aware, and skilled youth contribute greatly to a strong community.


Career Preparation

It’s ok if you haven’t got it all figured out yet. We can help you find your path with career counseling, goal setting, exploration, work readiness coaching, and mentoring.

Training & Skills Building

Thinking about heading back to school? It’s a great choice if you want a rewarding career. And we can help you find the perfect program to meet your goals. Whether you need your HSED or want to go on to college, we’ve got you covered:

WorkSmart Network
Middle College
OFS Strive Program
Madison College Gateway to College Program
Madison College HSED Program
Moraine Park Technical College GED/HSED Program
Challenge Academy


Ready to work? We’ll help you navigate the waters to find a great job that offers growth and good pay. Plus, we can help you jumpstart your career with options like:

On-the-Job Training
Work Experience
Support Services
Follow-Up Services

Youth Mentor Groups

The WorkSmart Network is here to help you move into adulthood. We want to help you turn your strengths, skills, and interests into a career. If you’re between 18 and 24 years old and aren’t connected to school, Youth Mentor Groups are for you.

Join a group and you’ll get connected to great career and support services to make your future bright. We’ll help you every step of the way from your first mentor session to getting the job, and everything in between.

We offer no-cost workshops and resources that can help with:

-Searching for jobs
-Developing a resume
-Preparing for college
-Renting an apartment
-Building interpersonal skills
-And more!

Youth Mentor Groups meet two Wednesdays a month at the Urban League of Greater Madison (658 S. Gammon Rd., Suite 204, Madison). If you’re ready to take the next step, let’s talk! Contact David Le Clair, M.Ed., Youth Career Services Specialist, at 608.843.2935 or dleclair@worksmartnetwork.org.

Contact Us

For details, contact a rep near you!

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Did you know?

On average, 9 out of 10 young adults found employment and saw a $6.56 wage increase per hour or continued their education after joining the WorkSmart Network Young Adult Program.