It all started when...
Our founder, Dee Jay Doc, wanted to reach out to youth in his neighborhood of Glenville on the east side of Cleveland. In 2011-12, we ran our first two Fresh Camps with help from Famicos Foundation and Neighborhood Connections.
Students wanted more, so we started advanced after-school programs to cultivate youth voice on community issues that affect their lives.
Soon, students were reaching High School and looking for jobs. We created Fresh Force as a workforce development program with the help of grants from Cleveland Collectivo and Cleveland Soup to employ and train students through our Fresh Gear clothing line and Fresh Lab music production and recording studio.
Our partnership with MC2 Stem High School, MyComm and Youth Opportunities Unlimited helped us grow our summer internship program which allowed Fresh Camp to expand into East Cleveland and Buckeye. Now some of our original students are attending Tri-C's recording arts program, starting their own businesses and some of them still work with us today.
Your monthly partnership will help us pioneer our professional development level artistic and community work as well as make our youth work more sustainable and impacting. Thank you!