The Madison Summer Team (MST) is a summer employment program providing at-risk youth, aged 14-15, the opportunity to work in a safe and stable work setting with supportive and committed supervisors. Before beginning their work, youth receive several hours of employment readiness training focused on team-building and developing a positive work ethic and leadership skills. The teams work in targeted neighborhoods throughout Madison and focus on projects that help build stronger and more resilient communities.
MST was founded in 1992 for two reasons:
- To provide a positive and productive first-time job experience for at-risk youth
- To help youth build positive connections with the community while nurturing their personal strengths
"We learned how to work with others and not to be a follower, but a leader, also teamwork."
"I think I learned that having a job is more helpful than depending on other people."
"Team work is important. No matter if you like that person or not. If you work together most things will be accomplished."
- 22 Youth ages 14 and 15 completed over 1,800 hours of work (June through August)
- Youth earned over $13,000 in wages