After an arduous process that left some Madison nonprofit leaders frustrated, the city has finalized funding for adult and youth employment programs.
Madison's Community Development Division issued a request for proposals in August from organizations to support youth and adult employment programs. The city received 22 proposals totaling over $1 million in each category, with only $1.4 million to allocate.
DSS Community Center’s Felicia Davis, Tutankhamun “Coach” Assad of the Mellowhood Foundation and Will Green of Mentoring Positives initially criticized the city, including allegations of “blatant discrimination,” because the city shifted their proposals out of they category they applied for and into a different one.
Assad said Tuesday the process is “flawed,” and Green characterized it as “unjust.”
“I have put my life on the line to help youth in the community,” Green said. “To be questioned on the work that I have done for 14 years is pretty disheartening, and it hurts because we put a lot of time and effort into working with kids.”
Ald. Shiva Bidar, District 5, proposed giving DSS Community Center, Mellowhood Foundation, Mentoring Positives, Bayview and Centro Hispano’s Escalera additional funding and reducing allocations to adult programs.
“This has been an extremely challenging and difficult process for everybody involved,” Bidar said.
Despite the increase, Bidar said Davis decided not to accept the $30,000 grant, which was an increase from an original allocation of $25,500. Davis applied for $100,000.
Contracts for youth and adult employment funding were approved at the following amounts:
Briarpatch Youth Services
Madison Streets Team/Allied Work Crews $51,000
Roots to Rise $10,000
Bayview Youth Employment Program $31,875
Centro Hispano’s Escalera program: $57,925
CEOs of Tomorrow’s These Teens Mean Business $24,000
Common Wealth Development
Program for Entrepreneurial Agricultural Training (PEAT) $25,500
Youth Business Mentoring Program $110,000
Southwest Transitional Employment Program (STEP) $65,000
Goodman Community Center
Teen Youth Employment $60,000
Adult employment $20,000
Mellowhood Foundation’s Neighborhood Covenant Alliance $31,875
Mentoring Positives $36,375
Operation Fresh Start
Greenway and Public Lands Management Crew $45,000
Youth Parks Conservation Crew $27,350
Youth Construction Pathways $126,608
Options $12,000 (for 2018 only)
Kennedy Heights Neighborhood Association's Adult Resource Development $12,000
College Success $16,000
Skills in Computers and Literacy for Employment $12,080
Lussier Community Education Center’s Building Employment and Technology Skills $18,000
Madison-area Urban Ministry’s Just Bakery $85,000
Omega School’s GED preparation and basic skills instruction $60,000
Urban League of Greater Madison
Construction Employment Initiative $173,000
ADVANCE Employment Services $105,000
Vera Court Neighborhood Center
Industry-Specific Training $19,000
Education Advancement $29,000
Workforce Essentials $65,000
YWCA Madison’s YWEB Career Academy $50,000
Correction: The amount of funding that the Southwest Transitional Employment Program (STEP) program received was listed incorrectly. The correct amount the program was issued is $65,000.