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.

For more information on the F.R.E.S.H Start Youth Initiative, contact Cathy Smith-Curry, Director of Reentry Services, at 404-491-6106 or via email at [email protected]

F.R.E.S.H. Links

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


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