2020 Summer Zoo Teen Program

The Zoo Teen Program at the Henry Vilas Zoo connects teens to the natural world around them and inspires conservation through a variety of volunteer roles within the zoo - including involvement with the summer zoo camp program, informal educational programming for guests, and more. In addition, teens will engage with guest speakers, learn about local organizations through field trips, and work in teams to create lasting projects around the zoo.

Who should apply?

Participants will be required to:

  • Make a commitment to attending the program throughout the summer and clearly communicate when unable to attend
  • Have reliable transportation to and from the zoo
  • Be 14-17 years old at the start of the program

The Details

The program will run from June 18-August 29 on Thursdays-Saturdays 8:30-4:00. No programming will occur the dates of July 2-4.
The program cost is $200 due at the beginning of the program. Need-based scholarships will be available. Please email the Summer Zoo Teen Coordinator at for more information regarding the scholarship application process.
Applications & other materials due: March 30th

The Wisconsin Women of Color Network

The Wisconsin Women of Color Network (WWOCN) announces the availability of scholarships for the 2020 – 2021 academic school year. The Network will award the following scholarships:
  1. Mabel Smith Memorial Scholarship: open only to Wisconsin graduating high school seniors and recent GED/HSED graduates who plan on attending an accredited Wisconsin community, vocational, or technical college;
  2. The Hattie J. Hilliard Scholarship: Wisconsin residents applying for admission to accredited Wisconsin colleges and universities in pursuit of degrees in Art, Graphic Arts or any other art-related field of study;
  3. The Cammer-Hill grant and the Wisconsin Women of Color Network Women’s Fund: for Wisconsin residents applying for admission to accredited Wisconsin community, vocational, or technical college.
Recipients may receive a scholarship in only one category per school year.
Program Details
  • Applicants need to meet the criteria for each scholarship,
  • Applicants should have a record of service to the community or school; or participation in extracurricular activities;
  • Scholarship applications are due by May 31, 2020 for the 2020 summer or fall semesters, and 2021 spring semester.
  • Scholarship funds will go directly to the college: The funding will be forwarded to the college or university when WWOCN receives proof of enrollment for the semester. 
Application Procedures (see application form for further instruction)
  • Applicants must write an essay (single-page, double-spaced) on “How this scholarship will help me accomplish my educational goals.” 
  • In the essay, specify which scholarship you are seeking: Mabel Smith, Hattie J. Hilliard, or Cammer-Hill. If no specification is made, the WWOCN Scholarship Committee will decide if the application will be considered further.
  • Applicants must provide at least two (2) letters of recommendation.
  • Letters of recommendation may be written by an instructor, academic advisor, guidance counselor or other individual who can attest to your educational abilities or potential for academic success. Letters of recommendation from family members do not qualify.
  • For Mabel Smith applicants, a high school transcript from the end of the first semester of your senior year must accompany the application form. GED applicants must submit a copy of their Certificate of Completion.
  • Other applicants will be expected to show evidence of good standing if they are not in their initial term of attending post-secondary education.
Applications will be reviewed and recipients notified of their receipt of a scholarship before the funds are forwarded to the college. Scholarship recipients will be recognized each year at a meeting of the Network. Awardees will be expected to give a presentation on the status of their education at that meeting.
If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, please visit us at or at WWOCN on Facebook. 

Wanda Fullmore Internship

This is a unique opportunity for Madison youth to get involved with local government, and gain training and employment. This program provides high school students with high-quality youth employment opportunities. In 2020, Common Wealth will work with the City to place 25 youth in summer internships.

Youth who are selected to participate in the program will receive:

  • Mandatory pre-internship training
  • An 8-week summer internship opportunity
  • Regular mentoring and support from Common Wealth
  • Mandatory weekly professional development training
  • Starting at $10.50 per hour for their employment and training hours

Internship opportunities may be with the following City Departments and Offices:

  • Clerk's Office
  • Community Development
  • Civil Rights
  • Economic Development
  • Engineering
  • Fire Department
  • Housing Division
  • Human Resources
  • Madison Public Libraries
  • Parks Division
  • Public Health
  • Water Utility

Click here for more information & for Application


Operation Fresh Start - STRIVE

Operation Fresh Start's STRIVE program for 17-24 year old high school graduates, offers you a chance to learn skills, gain experience, and prepare for higher paying work.

YOU are eligible if:

  • You are a high school graduate age 17-24
  • You currently earn less than $24,000 a year
  • You are not currently enrolled in college
  • You want more than a job, you want a future!

Benefits of participating in this program are:

  • All course materials are paid for, including books, uniform and licensure exam
  • Receive continual support as part of a select group of OFS STRIVE Participants
  • Get job leads and help in applying

OFS Strive is currently accepting applications in Health Care (Nursing Assistant Coursework) and Construction. The next Strive Construction cohort will begin on March 16th!

In the CONSTRUCTION Program YOU will:

  • Work with a construction professional
  • Earn a Pre-Apprenticeship Readiness Certificate
  • Become certified in OSHA 10 and CPR/First Aid
  • Learn about different careers, get job leads and help applying
  • Learn important job-readiness skills, including: resume development, interviewing skills, and personal presentation

In the HEALTH CARE program YOU will:

  • Be supported as you prepare for the Nursing Assistance course at Madison College
  • Enroll as a student at Madison College
  • Be a part of a small group of select candidates for the Nursing Assistant program
  • Complete 120 hours of Nursing Assistant education and training
  • Learn about different health careers, get job leads and help applying
  • Learn important job-readiness skills, including: resume development, interviewing skills, and personal presentation

Click here for more information & for Application


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  1. Click the button above and fill out the sign up form.
  2. Search "The BigApp" or Big Brothers Big Sister of Central Indiana in iTunes or the Google Play store to download the app.
  3. You will receive a separate email from Open the email and follow the link to create a password; link expires in 24 hours. 
  4. Click the icon to enter your username and password into the app to sign in. Note: your username is the email address on file at BBBS.

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