21st Century Careers Program

Provided by
Urban League of Greater Madison

Program Description
The 21st Century Careers Program (Careers) helps students begin to develop their post-secondary and career goals in middle school so that they enter high school prepared for a rigorous pre-college curriculum. The program fosters the connection between academic success and career aspirations through academic tutoring, financial literacy education, college & career exploration, real-world work experiences, and more.

What will students learn?
Careers is an afterschool program that covers topics intended to help students increase their academic performance and better understand and prepare for college and careers. The program offers instructor-led college exploration and career development activities that address topics such as:

  • Self Discovery & Goal Setting
  • Exploration of College and Careers
  • Career Guest Speakers
  • Company and College Tours
  • Financial Education
  • Employment Skills Training (8th graders only)
  • Summer Career Awareness Internships (8th graders)

Who is eligible?
There is no cost to participate. The program is open to any actively enrolled student at Wright Middle School in Madison and Patrick Marsh Middle School, Prairie View Middle School, or Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School in Sun Prairie. Enrollment is not guaranteed as there are a limited number of slots available. To be eligible for an internship, the student must successfully complete the school year program, turn fourteen by June 15, and complete all legal requirements to obtain a work permit.

When/where is the program held?
Program activities occur at Wright Middle School with occasional offsite field trips. Snacks are provided and transportation home is available. The summer internship program is held at company sites and the Urban League's Center for Economic Development & Workforce Training.

Students interested in participating should connect directly with the Urban League staff member at Wright Middle School for more information.
Transportation is provided by MSCR during the school year. Bus passes are issued to students who participate in the summer internship component.