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Philip H
5409 Detroit Ave
(Detroit Shoreway)
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the project

Every summer we put a call out for youth leaders to all of our High School programs. The Fresh Force program is an arts mastery opportunities for teens to take their passions and move them toward a solid profession. We recruit aspiring lyricists, performers, vocalists, recording engineers, beat makers, photographers, videographers, photo/video editors, and graphic artists to work on a dynamic team to create something new and inspiring for the community.

We interview each applicant and give them feedback on their interview skills. Many kids have never done a job interview, so we try to make every step of the hiring process a learning experience. We connect with family and help many of the teens through the Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) summer job application process. But every year a couple young people are unable to successfully register for this awesome summer jobs program, which pays most of our Fresh Force participants an hourly wage to work with us for 5 weeks.  This IOBY campaign ensures that the teens from this neighborhood who deserve an opportunity to work on the Fresh Force team, but is unable to complete the YOU application process, can still make a modest pay check as they lend us their time and talents. By the end of the application process we will have about 15 high school students in our program.

Next we reach out to Refresh Collective veterans and past Fresh Force members to act as peer-mentors and young adult leaders to help us guide the high school students. These funds will also help us pay them a fair stipend for their time as young adults trying to make it on their own in this world. These peer-mentors are crucial to build our Refresh Collective culture and pass it on to younger generations. 

The summer job will start on June 21st and each participant will come already oriented and ready to hit the ground running. For five weeks the young people will be guided through the process of creating original hip-hop music from beginning to end. Each day will end with an "Encouragement Cipher" to build a supportive community environment. We will introduce guest artists, and work through conflict that arises in our collaborative creative processes. By the end of the summer we will have a brand new hip-hop album, music videos, album art and custom apparel. And MARK YOUR CALENDARS, on July 21 there will be a culminating performance at the Bop Stop on Detroit Ave.

Young people will gain real world work experience, learn how to work on a team through a complex creative process, learn the recording arts processes, develop meaningful lyrics, and produce it all together. With your help we will include young leaders that otherwise would be left out. You will make this amazing summer experience possible for teens and young adults from this very community.  These young leaders take this experience and blast off to affect the whole world with positive hip-hop!

the steps

1. Release Job Description in high school programs

2. Connect with families and set up job interviews

3. Run job interviews and support the rest of the job application process

4. Onboard Fresh Force and young adult leaders

5. Run an amazing Fresh Force summer program June 21-July 25

6. Hip-Hop @ the Bop Stop, July 21 Culminating Performance

7. Send each participant out with a resume, interview skills, hip-hop music and art for their professional portfolios, a fair pay check, and a great experience.

why we're doing it

The Fresh Force builds the next generation of leaders in Cleveland and with Refresh Collective. This program represents a ladder of engagement so youth participants can grow to peer leadership opportunities and eventually join the Refresh Collective staff. This is a strategy for the future, but it also offers economic development in real time. These kids all come from low income households in Cleveland. It cannot be understated the importance of a summer paycheck in family economics. 


Disbursed budget 07.29.22:

TOTAL RAISED = $2,330.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $36.15

Original budget:

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)

Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.

5 Teen Leaders x $1200 Stipend for their Summer Leadership = $6000

These stipends will be reserved for Teen Leaders who were not able to get into the Y.O.U. county summer jobs program AND Refresh Veterans from the neighborhood who have graduated from high school and come back to lend their expertise as peer-mentors. 

We are currently pursuing grant funds and promoting our custom apparel sales to raise funds beyond this budget to pay for overhead, new equipment, staff time, software licenses and fees, and all other costs. 

$6000 of flexible funding from this IOBY campaign will give us the funds to empower the future Cleveland leaders that we rely upon to help lead our programming. These young leaders will drive the creative process of making original hip-hop music, videos, album art, apparel and more!


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