Fresh Futures Youth Program
Fresh Futures Youth Program serves at-risk non-adjudicated youth and at-risk adjudicated youth through coordinated - yet specialized - programs designed to meet the unique needs of each cohort.
The Fresh Futures Youth Program is a year-long program for Duval County high-school students, providing training in financial literacy, college readiness, job readiness, academic enrichment, health and wellness, family involvement, cultural outings, and leadership and character development. The program culminates with a summer internship experience for qualifying students. Students meet at least two Saturdays a month during the school year at the Weaver Center for Community Outreach.
During the summer, students who meet all program requirements qualify to be placed in paid six-week summer internships. During these internships, students have the opportunity to use skills learned during the Fresh Futures job readiness sessions, and they receive on-the-job training and feedback from their employers. The program typically serves more than 80 students a year. Due to limited space, enrollment is capped each year.
Interested in Enrolling?
Students who meet the following eligibility requirements are invited to apply to become a part of the 2019-2020 Fresh Futures Family:
- Be at least 14-19 years when entering the program
- Be a high school student
- Have parental consent
- Be able to provide copies of all required documentation
- Have an email address
Fresh Futures II
Getting arrested as a youth can be the first step on a path to life of challenges; low educational attainment, difficulty finding employment and too often – more arrests and prison. FreshMinistries has watched too many local youth go down that path and has decided to do something about it by offering a Fresh Path for these youth who want a chance to change their future.
Funded by a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Labor Department, Fresh Ministries, along with the support of its community partners, is proud to announce the launch of its Fresh Futures II program for youthful offenders.
In addition to the U.S Department of Labor, community partners include Career Source Northeast Florida, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, the State Attorney’s Early Intervention and Diversion Programs for Juveniles, and the Department of Juvenile Justice.
About the Program
The Fresh Futures II program offers educational supports such as mentoring and tutoring, along with field trips, work readiness training and employment supports. Successful completion of the program may result in expungement of records for eligible participants. Comprehensive case management will also be provided to participants and their families as part of a holistic approach to removing barriers and positioning youth for success.
The Need: Local Statistics
- 63% of youth in prison are incarcerated for drug use, disorderly conduct, probation violations, property crimes and status offenses, such as running away.
- In 2016-2017, Duval County had 2,423 delinquency complaints.
- In Duval County, black youth are arrested at a rate that is 15% higher than white youth.
- Florida led the nation between 2011-2015 with the highest number of youth in state or federal prisons.
Fresh Futures II’s TOTAL IMPACT Since 2014
- Youth and young adults ages 14 to 24 who have been court-involved during the last year.
- Participants must be either under the supervision of the Juvenile Justice System in out-of-home placement, on probation or parole or under an alternative sentence or in a diversion program as an alternative to juvenile prosecution.
- Must live in Duval County and cannot have been convicted of a crime as an adult.
BECOME AN EMPLOYEE PARTNER
We welcome employer partners each summer. The cost to hire a student for six weeks is only $250. Our employer partners have included: The Jacksonville Zoo, The Florida Department of Health, Beaver Street Enterprise Center and many other local businesses and non-profit organizations.
BECOME A VOLUNTEER
Please let us know if you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor to help with Fresh Futures. Email Omar@freshministries.org.