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File #: 67915    Version: 1 Name: Honoring Resolution for Operation Fresh Start
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 10/13/2021 In control: Community Development Division
On agenda: 10/19/2021 Final action: 10/19/2021
Enactment date: 10/25/2021 Enactment #: RES-21-00696
Title: Honoring Resolution for Operation Fresh Start
Sponsors: Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Syed Abbas, Arvina Martin, Christian A. Albouras, Brian Benford, Juliana R. Bennett, Sheri Carter, Nikki Conklin, Jael Currie, Tag Evers, Yannette Figueroa Cole, Grant Foster, Keith Furman, Gary Halverson, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Patrick W. Heck, Lindsay Lemmer, Charles Myadze, Michael E. Verveer, Regina M. Vidaver, Nasra Wehelie
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
10/19/20211 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt Under Suspension of Rules 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, and 2.25Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
10/13/20211 Community Development Division RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - MISC. ITEMS  Action details Meeting details Not available
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Honoring Resolution for Operation Fresh Start
WHEREAS, Operation Fresh Start is celebrating 50 years serving more than 8,000 emerging adults in Dane County; and,

WHEREAS, Operation Fresh Start was founded in 1970 by retired police officer Jack Osteraas, who saw young people being picked up on the streets, with nothing in place to help them move forward or succeed; and,

WHEREAS, with the help of several community sponsors, he started a program where young people would earn money building affordable homes during the day and attend classes at East High School at night; and,

WHEREAS, Operation Fresh Start views every young person as an asset to our community and recognizes the barriers that can get in the way of that; and,

WHEREAS, through education, mentoring, and employment training, their end goal is to help youth achieve a family-sustaining career and/or go on to pursue higher education; and,

WHEREAS, Operation Fresh Start graduates walk away with a high school diploma and driver’s license - the top two most-required qualifications for employers - as well as other credentials to improve their resume - including certifications in First Aid/CPR, OSHA 10, and Department of Labor-recognized Pre-Apprenticeship Readiness Training; and,

WHEREAS, Operation Fresh Start participants also give back to the community - building affordable homes for low-income families and completing conservation work in city and county parks; and,

WHEREAS, after program completion, staff continue to support graduates as they transition into post-secondary education and/or self-sustaining employment; and,

WHEREAS, Operation Fresh Start is working to ensure successful outcomes for current and future generations of low-income individuals and people of color in our community; and,

WHEREAS, their programming focuses on young adults from very low income families (73% of participants served in 2020) and people of color (80% of participa...

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