Many Wisconsin nonprofits offer support for getting you on the right track toward a rewarding and fulfilling career. Some agencies focus on minority groups, others on people who have a distance to the employment market.

There are also organizations that offer support to young adults who, for whatever reason, couldn’t complete their regular high school programs and need more education and training to earn a high school equivalency certificate or get more on-the-job training to get decently-paying employment.

Unfortunately, we cannot list all organizations and agencies that do great work to support the people of Wisconsin who often need it most. But let’s take a closer look at some of these nonprofits that do such a great job in providing opportunities that will lead to rewarding and fulfilling careers.

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin provides training, employment, education, English Grammer tuition, and more supportive services for individuals with disadvantages or disabilities who want to have greater independence.

Such disadvantages or disabilities include mental or physical lack of education, lack of job preparation, skill limitations, communication challenges, or economic disadvantages.

Goodwill is pursuing this mission in a number of ways. First, by offering employment to individuals with disabilities within their own organization’s operations across southeastern Wisconsin.

Secondly, by providing community programs, social services, transitional employment, vocational training, and more services for people who are disadvantaged or have disabilities or some other special need.

Goodwill is aiming to improve these people’s employment opportunities, enhance their ability to live in their communities independently, alleviate or prevent rehabilitation problems, and facilitate their ability to live independently in the community.

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin
Goodwill Center for Work and Training
5400 S 60th St, Greendale, WI 53129
Phone: (414) 847-4200

ArtWorks for Milwaukee

ArtWorks for Milwaukee is a nonprofit organization that combines arts engagement and workforce development by providing paid internships for disadvantaged youth. By developing their transferable career skills, the organization prepares them for tomorrow’s challenges.

ArtWorks’ programs aim to let Milwaukee youth have a positive and healthy impact on their communities. The organization’s programs encourage the development and of leadership, professionalism, accountability, collaboration, and other soft skills by offering internships and programs that will appeal to the interests of youth so they can thrive in the contemporary workforce.

ArtWorks provides Milwaukee’s underserved youth with programs that lead to opportunity and hope! Today, it is critical that young individuals looking to enter the workplace have well-rounded basic skills. Through ArtWork’s programs, the interns will learn how to engage with others, how to accept direction, how to provide feedback, how to communicate, and how to meet their employers’ expectations.

ArtWorks for Milwaukee
207 E Buffalo St, Suite 600, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 708-9996

Public Allies Milwaukee

Public Allies is committed to training and recruiting talented youth leaders and changing the practice and face of leadership. Public Allies supports young individuals who have an outspoken passion for social impact and want to establish meaningful changes in our communities.

The organization’s Allies are various equity-centered and innovative problem solvers who are dedicated to influencing and mobilizing our communities’ assets and create and develop solutions to all sorts of local challenges.

Public Allies works with nonprofit partners to deliver value-driven, nationally recognized, results-focused apprenticeships to help create an equitable and just society and develop leadership skills to sustain those values.

Public Allies helps develop the foundational skills of young individuals to serve others and work for social justice. Public Allies offers invaluable support to hone leadership skills.

Public Allies Milwaukee
735 N Water St, Unit 550, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 273-0533

9to5 Wisconsin, National Association of Working Women

9to5 is an organization that truly “walks the talk.” The nonprofit organization values women from all walks of life in a compassionate and dedicated way. It is committed to paving the way for shared prosperity. The economic security of women will not be achieved until women will receive equal opportunity and equal pay.

Today, women only 80 percent of what men make and African American women only make 60 cent percent! Native American women are making 58 percent, Latinas 54 percent, while Asian American women make 83 percent of what their male counterparts earn.

People of color and women are underrepresented in all sectors of society. They are underrepresented in the skilled trades, engineering, sciences, law enforcement, or corporate leadership positions. 9to5 members fight for solutions to provide qualified people of color and women with equal opportunities, not only in employment but also in education.

9to5 Wisconsin
207 E Buffalo St, Suite 211, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 274-0925

Employ Milwaukee

Employ Milwaukee is providing job training and aims to help develop a strong and well-trained workforce development system. Employ Milwaukee aims to plan, coordinate, collaborate, and monitoring various workforce initiatives in coordination with businesses, employers, community leaders, and other stakeholders at the state, regional, and local levels.

Employ Milwaukee’s programs include Adult Services, Youth Services, and Dislocated Worker Services, just to mention a few. Adult Services include enhancing career opportunities through assessments, referrals, and supportive, intensive, training programs.

Youth Services Programs provide support to youth aged 14 – 21 to continue their education, prepare for the workplace, or find a suitable job. Additionally, Employ Milwaukee offers services and support to out-of-school and at-risk youth through integrated learning enhancement opportunities. For more information about getting all set for the GED test with the help of an accredited GED Prep Course, check here.

Employ Milwaukee’s Dislocated Worker Services Programs offers support to workers who were laid off or were displaced. Services include counseling, adult basic education, occupational training, vocational assessment, and a number of other vital services that will increase their clients’ success in achieving meaningful, rewarding, and fulfilling employment.

Employ Milwaukee
2342 N 27th St, Milwaukee, WI 53210,
Phone: (414) 270-1700

Milwaukee Community Service Corps

The Milwaukee Community Service Corps (MCSC) is a nonprofit organization that offers vocational, employment, and life skills, and educational training programs to at-risk young adults that allow them to simultaneously earn wages and enhance their education and skills while contributing to their communities and the environment.

The organization provides members with academic instruction, hands-on training, work experience, and life skills programs. MCSC members are in the age group 18-22 years. Corps members are working on many revitalization projects.

MSCS’s educational component gives individuals a boost for achieving a good job in a number of industries and the organization talks with employers and educators about what’s required for individuals to qualify for entry-level positions. Through these processes, MCSC has succeeded in developing a number of recognized and certified courses.

Let’s take a look at a few examples of how Milwaukee Community Service Corps projects not only benefit its members but also contribute to the community as a whole. In the past 15 years, MSCS members have produced some 12,500 rain barrels that were distributed to Milwaukee homeowners to limit the runoff into the city’s waterways.

MSCS members played also an important role in removing algae build-up on Milwaukee’s beaches and today, many members are involved in training programs to become solar installation technicians or residential energy auditors.

Milwaukee Community Service Corps
1441 N 7th St, Milwaukee, WI 53205
Phone: (414) 372-9040

Spotted Eagle

Spotted eagle offers resources and services for the American Indian community to enhance self-determination and empowerment, and to create better understanding across cultures while strengthening community, family, and tribal relationships.

Spotted Eagle has provided comprehensive training and employment services to off-reservation American Indian communities across southeast Wisconsin for the last four decades. Formerly, the agency was known under the name “Milwaukee Area American Indian Manpower Council”. Over the last years, the agency has grown considerably in sophistication and size in order to provide additional educational services and workforce development programs.

Spotted Eagle’s programs are targeted toward the needs of underemployed, unemployed, and low-income American Indians, Native Hawaiians, and Alaskan Natives. The agency does so by providing comprehensive training and employment activities and promoting social and economic development.

Spotted Eagle’s programs provide vocational training opportunities and workforce development services designed to boost self-determination and self-sufficiency. Additionally, the organization offers support to the community through on-site adult basic education programs and tutorial services.

Spotted Eagle
6767 W Greenfield Ave, LL2, West Allis, WI 53214
Phone: (414) 342-0700