Living Classrooms’ Fresh Start Program was recently featured in an insightful and powerful article written by Living Classrooms’ Board Member and award-winning journalist, Amy Kaslow. ‘Young and Poor in Urban America’ takes a deep dive into the impact of COVID-19 on underserved youth in America, with a specific focus on Living Classrooms’ Fresh Start Program and Fresh Start student, Darin Mayo. To read the full article, click here.
About Fresh Start
Fresh Start is a community-based initiative that provides vocational, academic, and social skills development training to adjudicated and out-of-school youth. Participants of the program, ranging in ages 16-19, receive intensive job training, guaranteed job placement, wrap-around services, and two years of post-program aftercare. Fresh Start is just one example of how Living Classrooms is changing lives by teaching marketable job skills. Graduates of the program have an average recidivism rate of 17%, compared to Baltimore City’s rate of 52%.