Fresh Futures Youth Program

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.

Success Stories

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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 2016-17 program has more than 80 students enrolled. Due to limited space, enrollment is capped each year.

Read more about our summer internships here

Interested in Enrolling?

Eligibility

Students who meet the following eligibility requirements are invited to apply to become a part of the 2017-2018 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

Free Tutoring

Tutoring is available upon request. See flyer for details.


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 Path program for youthful offenders.

About the Program:

The Fresh Path 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.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Youth and young adults ages 14 to 24 who have been court-involved during the last year.
  • Participants must be either under 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.

Community partners:

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.

Apply:

Fill out this application and email it to FreshPathProgram@gmail.com, or mail to Fresh Path Program, Weaver Center for Community Outreach, 616 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32202

Success Stories

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“I had a felony on my record,” she says. “When I came to Fresh Path, I didn’t know what it was and I didn’t think it would benefit me. But it has benefited me in many ways.”
— Deidra Brooks

Get Involved!

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 or volunteer intern to help with Fresh Futures.

For more information about the Fresh Futures Youth Program, please call at 904-854-6770, ext. 1 or email fmfreshfutures@gmail.com. And please like us on Facebook!