F.R.E.S.H Start Youth Initiative

F.R.E.S.H. Start Youth Initiative

F.R.E.S.H Start Youth Initiative provides current and former DJJ youth supervised in the community with career opportunities.


The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) F.R.E.S.H (Focusing Resources Effectively to Sustain Hope) Start Youth Initiative provides current and former DJJ youth supervised in the community with career opportunities. The program utilizes collaborative efforts and community resources to ensure youth access to gainful employment by partnering with local business owners. The initiative is a program in the Department's Office of Re-entry Services that facilitates youth's connections to services and support as they plan to transition back into their communities.

DJJ is currently partnering with 14 companies in metro Atlanta and Northeast Georgia. At the end of Fiscal Year 2021, 47 youth were employed through the initiative. Additionally, four youth were awarded scholarships through the Pinky Cole Foundation.

F.R.E.S.H. Links

F.R.E.S.H. In The News

The latest news stories about DJJ’s F.R.E.S.H. Start Initiative Program


F.R.E.S.H. Partners Testimony

Learn what local business and community leaders think about the F.R.E.S.H. Start Initiative Program

Our Partners

Slutty Vegan

Slutty Vegan

Bringing vegan options and food awareness to Atlanta’s West End, the Slutty Vegan offers a variety of plant-based burgers along with sides and drinks, allowing people to enjoy vegan fast food.


Captain D's

Captain D's Restaurant

Captain D's Restaurant believes good seafood can transform any meal into a moment to remember. Throughout Captain D's 50-year history, its focus has been making great seafood available to everyone, every day and creating a place that makes an ordinary day feel special.



Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

The Metro Atlanta Chamber represents businesses, colleges and universities, and nonprofits across the 29-county region.



Inspire Brands

Found inherently in the purposes of our family of brands, Inspire Brands identified a common thread between our restaurants – the capacity to inspire. 




MWL, LLC provides and produces pallets, crates and all lumber shipping needs that maintain superior quality and service.



X-tra Kleen Hand Car Wash

Xtra-Kleen Hand Car Wash is Stone Mountain's premier and professional hand car wash center.




NIFCO KTW specializes in small and large-scale series production of plastic products.



First Step Staffing

Our goal is to provide economic opportunity and a path to self-sufficiency for those otherwise locked out of the employment system, including those experiencing or who have recently experienced homelessness, individuals who have been previously incarcerated, and military veterans.



ASI Gem Plastics

ASI manufactures commercial partitions, washroom accessories, lockers, and visual display products.



Noveau Restaurant

Nouveau is a burgeoning restaurant chain that was established in 2019 bringing flavorful food, new decors, energy and great ambience.




OcuPrep offers entry-level training and job placement services for individual looking to enter the eye care, ear care and dental professions.




Trachte provides modular, prefabricated buildings, shelters, and large-format enclosures in transportable sizes.



WorkSource Georgia

The Technical College System of Georgia’s Office Workforce Development is the administrator of WorkSource Georgia, the state’s federally-funded employment and training system, working to connect talent with opportunity. 



Goodwill of North Georgia

Goodwill of North Georgia has a long-standing commitment to responsible management, which we believe is fundamental to our mission impact and long-term sustainability.



Loaded Potato


Potatoes with Passion!



Sage Automotive Interiors

Sage Automotive Interiors develop innovative automotive interior solutions of unmatched quality, laser-focused on top-of-the-line design and engineering.



Maple Ridge Cabinetry

Maple Ridge Cabinetry provides custom cabinetry including kitchens, master bath suites, closets, theater rooms, bookcases, and more.



Home Depot Path to Pro Program

The Home Depot and The Home Depot Foundation are committed to educating more people in the skilled trades and helping them find careers in the home improvement industry through our Path to Pro program. 




Kubota is committed to engineering excellence so that our customers can focus on planting, feeding, building and caring for our world. 




Fulton County Magistrate Court

The Fulton County Magistrate Court handles matters such as Abandoned Motor Vehicles, Dispossessory (Landlord-Tenant) Actions, Small Claims, Garnishments, Weddings, Marriages, Personal Property Foreclosure. And, the Criminal Division handles matters such as Warrant Applications, and First Appearance Hearings.



Wise Auto Brokers

Wise Auto Brokers is a family owned, community oriented business offering car brokering & sales.

We strive to provide honest business and quality cars.



Stephens County Development Authority

The Stephens County Development Authority was established in 1965 with the goal of achieving continued, sustainable economic growth in our area of Northeast Georgia. 


Contact Cathy Smith-Curry

Director of Reentry Services