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COVID-19: Times are tough, but our communities are tougher. Learn more about how you and your neighbors can play a part in tackling community challenges.
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Dee Jay Doc H
2570 Superior Ave.
(Glenville, East Cleveland and Buckeye)
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Your support sent SO many amazing students to Fresh Camp!

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Registration is Open!! 

Families are signing up their students at right now! The Glenville Fresh Camp is June 4th - 15th. The East Cleveland Fresh Camp is July 9th - 20th. The Buckeye Fresh Camp is July 30th - August 10th. It's great to here parents excited to sign up their students again as well as hear from new families!

We Empower Youth

Youth are the leaders of tomorrow? Wait, hold up. We believe youth can be leaders today!

By championing youth voice, we are empowering them to grow in creativity, confidence, and character. As we explore our neighborhood's freshest people, places and attributes, our minds are open to new possibilities, new friendships, new ideas, and new music. We put our ideas to words and our words to music, creating powerful neighborhood anthems that ring out like mini Dr. King speeches. We teach students that their voice has power, and that their voice is needed. If words create worlds, words to a beat create universes!

Why Do It

Here are a few disturbing statistics about our neighborhoods:

- 56% of residents on Cleveland live in a food desert area.
- One in three students in Glenville are poisoned with lead.
- This is a lack accessible arts programming in Cleveland neighborhoods.

We use a project-based experiential learning process where students discuss community health issues such as obesity, lead poising, gun violence and a lack of jobs to find and help develop actionable solutions. Our arts-integrated eduation on these topics help students learn and retain their learning. By creating motivational songs, they become the spokesman and spokeswomen to help educate and inspire peers to be the change they want to see. So far, we've seen students pursue college for recording arts and culinary arts, start their own home garden, gain entreprenuerial mindsets and even start their own recording studio! Hope is the first step toward healing any of our communities challenges. Fresh Camp empowers the youth to inspire hope. 

More Than a 2-week Summer Camp

During the 2-week summer camp portion of our program, students learn beatmaking, lyric writing and studio recording as they create their original songs. Over the weeks following camp, they take their message to the streets! Public performances increase their confidence and give them experience making a real difference as they uplift their community one song at a time. If our campaign is successful, we will grow our advanced year-round programs through the foundations who support us. That's how your contribution helps create a year-round mentoring program for these wonderful youth.

As students attend Fresh Camp a few years in a row, they can become eligible for our paid intership program called, "Fresh Force." Only the most committed and passionate will make this workforce development team. These older students become camp counselors and junior producers to pass on the artistic craft and community change culture we have established. By providing these, much needed, summer jobs we not only fill a community need, we give Fresh Camp students opportunities to excel in leadership by "graduating" to the Fresh Force team. 

Student Lyrics + Parent Quotes

“I see people in this neighborhood trying to make it a better place, working harder and stronger so that one day Buckeye can one day win this race, if you wanna be part of it come down to the meeting place, come on down to the meeting place. . . . We [are in] Buckeye, havin fun, trying to make the neighborhood better for everyone” - students from the 2017 Buckeye Fresh Camp

“Though the lead light (gun violence) may be strong, we, we, can carry on. Lock arms and hold on, we’ll calm the storm. In the eyes of a soldier while the world’s getting colder. Ugh!” - Dylan Palmer aka T.A.L.D. (That Artistic Loving Dude), Lead Light

“Dairy Queen...McDonald's...Burger King. It ain’t as healthy as it all seems. Look, fast food, it ain’t the business. Go eat something that will help your fitness.” - Khalid

“During the 2 weeks Devin was at the Buckeye Fresh Camp we noticed a positive change in him immediately! Devin can be very shy, layed back, even stubborn at times but is very caring type of kid. No one gets to see that side of him due to him being so shy! But he completely opened up during his time at the camp! Everyday he came home with something new and exciting to tell us whether it was about him gardening or rapping! He also collaborated on a song and and made beats on a laptop with his new friends. It was about the potholes in the city of Cleveland and that was so exciting for him! For our son to perform in front of a crowd, it was mind blowing for our family to watch! Sending Devin to Fresh Camp was one of the best decisions we could have made this summer. Thank you to all the camp mentors and a big thanks to Doc and Lee! See you next summer.” - Melissa Philpott

the steps

We begin registration March. In June and July we run a one week preparation camp for camp counselors, then three 2-week Fresh Camps in Glenville, Buckeye and East Cleveland.

Throughout July and August we release each Fresh Camp's CD's and help the students perform at farmers' markets and community events throughout Cleveland to spread their message. Stay in touch with our Facebook page to stay up to date on our concert dates. 

why we're doing it

See "Why We Do It" above.


Disbursed Budget 6.13.18

Raised = $31,321.00
less ioby Platform Fee $35.00
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $911.24
Total to Disburse = $30,374.76
Summer camp costs $600 per student (51 scholarships) = 30,374.76


Updated Budget 6.11.18

Summer camp costs $600 per student (80 scholarships) = $48,000

less donations from Hip-hop at the Bop Stop = $1,298

less grant from St. Luke's Foundation = $10,000

less grant from Neighborhood Connections = $2,000

less T-shirt sales = $410

Subtotal = $34,292
ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $1,029
Total to raise = $35,356


Updated Budget 5.3.18

Summer camp costs $600 per student (80 scholarships) = $48,000

less donations from Hip-hop at the Bop Stop = $1,298

less grant from St. Luke's Foundation = $10,000

less grant from Neighborhood Connections = $2,000

Subtotal = $34,702
ioby Platform Fee $35
Donation Processing Fee of 3% $1,041
Total to raise = $35,778


Updated Budget 4.25.18

Summer camp costs $600 per student (80 scholarships) = $48,000

less donations from Hip-hop at the Bop Stop = $1,298

less grant from St. Luke's Foundation = $10,000

Subtotal = $36,702
ioby Platform Fee $35
Donation Processing Fee of 3% $1,101
Total to raise = $37,838


Updated Budget 3.13.18

Summer camp costs $600 per student (80 scholarships) = $48,000

less donations from Hip-hop at the Bop Stop = $1,298

Subtotal = $46,702

ioby Platform Fee $35

ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $1,401

Total to raise = $48,138


Original Budget

Summer camp costs $600 per student (80 scholarships) = $48,000

Subtotal = 48,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $1,440
Total to raise = $49,475

Why not offer the best music and arts camp to students in the toughest Cleveland neighborhoods? They deserve it! Many students in Glenville, Buckeye and East Cleveland have limited transportation options. Our camps are possitioned right in the neighborhood so students with the least access can find a safe, arts and cultural outlet during their summer. 

$600 sends one student to camp. This covers all costs of administration, artist mentors, camp counselors and supplies. We provide healthy lunches from food purchased at local urban gardens complete with cooking lessons at camp. If we receive less than our goal, we'll run smaller camps. If we receive more, we can accept more students. Our goal is 80 students.

We are writing grants and approaching corporate sponsors to grow our digital music production and recording lab instead of operations. This will make us far more sustainable and eligible for greater grant support.  Last year grants were awarded from the Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation, St. Luke's Foundation, Neighborhood Connections, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, The Food Trust, Neighborhood Progress and Puffin.


Your support sent SO many amazing students to Fresh Camp!

Students grew in creativity, confidence and character at our three neighborhood Fresh Camps. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We have so many stories to share, but these pictures tell most of it. Hear the songs at or come see the older students from the East Cleveland camp perform with our artist educators and mentors this Thursday at Hip-hop at the Bop Stop. Tickets here.

I hope you can join us!





Fresh Battles and Fresh Camp performances at farmers' markets starting this weekend!

If you want to see what you helped make happen in the lives of 70 students this summer, come to one of these energetic performances in collaboration with Care-A-Van: 

Fresh Battle at the Northern Union Farmers' Market at Shaker Square this Saturday morning.

Fresh Battle at the Slavic Village Farmers' Market  this Monday evening.

Fresh Battle at the Coit Road Farmers' Market  Saturday, August 11th.

Chefs will be teaching a cooking lesson. There will be tastings, rap battles about fresh food and performances by Fresh Camp staff and students. 

Hope to see you there!! 



Here's a little sneak peak into the Glenville Fresh Camp that YOU made happen!

We created this little video for you to see what's been happening at the Glenville Fresh Camp. This is the first of our three camps this summer. Thank you for making this possible!! Watch now:

Fresh Camp has begun because of your help!!!

This past monday marked the first day of the 8th annual Glenville Fresh Camp. We have 20 amazing young students attending Fresh Camp that is graciously hosted by Pastor Randle at Changing Lives Ministries. So far we've, created art, made beats, walked the neighborhood, painted rocks, tasted fruit, and wrote a posse cut theme song about why Glenville is fresh. Here's the students loading up the old school freight elevator at the Art Craft building to go up to our Fresh Lab recording studio to record their theme song. Stay tuned to get a glimpse of the lyrics. . . . 


FREE DOWNLOAD of brand new song by Dee Jay Doc and Lee Harrill!

Dee Jay Doc and Lee Harrill want to say, "Thank you for supporting Fresh Camp" by giving you the first listen of our song, "Breathe Fresh." This song was written as a follow-up to Dee Jay Doc's original Fresh Camp Theme Song ( It's a theme song for our summer Fresh Camps ( This message sets the tone for our students and amplifies what we believe about our collective message.​​ Enjoy! Download FREE here.

Please feel free to give the free download link to a friend and say, "Support the Fresh Camp with me. We are helping send 80 kids to this amazing hip-hop song writing summer camp!"

Special thanks and Happy Mother's Day!

To say, "Thank you," for your tremendous support and to honor our mothers, we are offering a 50% OFF order of $50 or more at through May 13th! Simply use code: mothersday when you checkout. THANKS!!

Exciting News! Two grants came in to propel us forward!

St. Luke's Foundation has generously supported our work for the 3rd year in a row in the Buckeye neighborhood. Their grant of $10,000 will help us TREMENDOUSLY! Thank you St. Luke's! Also, Neighborhood Connections has awarded us $2000 toward our East Cleveland Fresh Camp. That really brings our goal within reach. 

If we do not reach full funding, some students will not be able to make it to camp. Spread the word. We can make it, if each of us pull in one friend or co-worker to donate alongside of us!

We are only $168 away from the halfway mark!

This is a great day to share with a few interested friends and let them know what a difference they can make today! If you've ever climbed a mountain you know that the walk up is the toughest. The walk back down is much easier. We are almost at the peak. The halfway mark lets new, potential supporters know that our goal is possible. Thank you for being a part of the first half of this fundraising campaign!!

Trust Belt City at the Bop Stop

The idea for Trust Belt City was inspired by my grandfather Tony Di Joy and my father Dave Harrill. They were blue collar workers who taught me grit, hard work and discipline. After living in Glenville for 10 years and south Collinwood for 8 before that I realized that it takes that same hard work to build trust in my neighborhood. If we can do the hard work of building trust with our neighbors, especially those different from us, we can create safe, vibrant communities despite the economic hardships that have existed in our rust belt cities. I'll be performing the whole song next Wednesday at our Hip-hop at the Bop Stop fundraiser dinner/concert. Tickets.

We can go from being a rust belt city to a trust belt city. I first wrote this song in 2014 when our Fresh Camp leaders went with me to interview a bunch of neighbors to ask, "What is the hope for having a good neighborhood?" One word I uncovered is the word, "TRUST!" The album is called, "Fist vs. Friendship." The interesting thing is that one of our students wrote a song called, "Can't Trust." You can hear that album here:

Early Bird and Group rates available for next weeks' concert!

If you'd like to share our work with a few friends or if you've never seen us perform live, grab a table for 6 at the Bop Stop. The group rate is only $15 per seat and gets you admission PLUS dinner and dessert. That's a great deal! Oh did I mention that Dee Jay Doc will be releasing some new material and there will be an exciting live music, turntable and rap freestyle session! I hope you can bring a few friends. It's going to be a fun show and a great dinner!


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