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Fresh Start

Listing Last Update: February 15, 2017


802 South Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21231

Primary Contact

Cheryl Riviere

(410) 685-0295 Ext:234

Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To study for my high school equivalency exam
  • To improve my math skills
  • To improve my technology skills

Instruction Type

  • Classroom

Program Overview

The Fresh Start program serves youth and communities in Baltimore City and Washington, DC.
Fresh Start is a 40-week job skills training program that serves out-of-school youth, ages 16-19, most of whom are referred by the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. The program uses carpentry as a medium to teach reading, writing, math, history, and science. Students work in the Foundation's Maritime Institute workshop and the Douglass-Myers Maritime Park boatbuilding workshop, building toolboxes, furniture, and boats. They also receive classroom instruction and one-on-one tutoring. The curriculum is designed to increase self-reliance, teach problem solving and academic skills, and demonstrate how academic skills and knowledge are used in a practical work environment.
Fresh Start students increase their math, reading, and writing levels by an average of 1.5 grade levels while in the program. 75-80% of graduates remain employed and/or in school for three years after completion of the program.
The Fresh Start program is one example of how Living Classrooms is changing lives by teaching marketable job skills. The U.S. Department of Labor and the National Youth Employment Coalition continue to recognize Living Classrooms' Fresh Start program for "best practices working with at-risk youth" and for embodying a "continuous improvement process."

Mission Statement

Living Classrooms Foundation strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as "living classrooms."

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

"Math was a mystery to me until I met Mr. George (program volunteer). If it wasn't for him, I never would have passed the math section of the GED test." - Kentiwone Rawlings

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