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CWE | Community Work Experience

Earn and Learn Community Work Experience

Funding Sources

Workforce Innovation & Opportunities Act (WIOA)

Mayor’s EARN & LEARN Fund

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD)

Shana Anderson

CWE Coordinator
Employ Milwaukee
Workforce Development

(414) 270-7550

The Community Work Experience (CWE) component of EARN & LEARN is a specialized entry-level work opportunity and is the sole recipient of donations from the Mayor’s EARN & LEARN Fund. CWE provides youth employed through EARN & LEARN with a 7-week work experience that will cover the processing of their applications and work permits; a subsidized wage rate of $7.50 per hour for 20 hours each week; and, work-readiness skill development and training to make the job successful for both the youth worker and their nonprofit employer. Employ Milwaukee Workforce Development acts as the lead administration team for the CWE component.

Photos of EARN & LEARN participants at varous jobs

Program Eligibility

Youth living in the Metro Milwaukee area between the ages of 14-24.

Program Activities

Work-Readiness Activities

Career Enrichment Training

Financial Literacy

Resource Fair

Key Partnerships


JP Morgan Chase


Discovery World

Milwaukee County Parks

Johnson Controls