Laying a new Foundation

Overcoming Barriers and Creating Opportunities

Fresh Start Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that builds meaningful trades and construction career opportunities for underserved populations seeking a fresh start in Washington DC and surrounding areas. We pride ourselves on supporting and serving as a beacon of light to those actively seeking these opportunities with individual barriers to employment.

Fresh Start Project works on a one on one basis and in small group settings to reach the goal of training, preparing, and obtaining long-term and meaningful careers and offering a supportive environment that leads to new beginnings.

Program Description

Fresh Start Project's BUILDING TRADES AND CONSTRUCTION JOB TRAINING PROGRAM is an 8-week job training and placement for small cohorts of 8-12 participants per training cycle (2 per year).

Participants earn industry certifications like OSHA 10, & First AID CPR to become more marketable when applying for apprenticeship opportunities and jobs within the construction industry.

They'll perform informational interviews & hands-on learning with skilled trades representatives to learn about industry expectations and build confidence prior to entering a particular trade.

Job skills aren't the only thing they'll receive. In addition to job placement supports and resume writing, they'll continue to receive wraparound supports such as:

  • Ongoing coaching sessions to ensure job retention
  • Career enhancing resources that allow the participant to develop their skills, retain and sustain employment
  • Peer to Peer Mentorship—monthly job support group sessions to discuss and navigate workplace & life concerns)
  • Referrals for free therapy sessions
  • 18+ men and women
  • Disconnected youth
  • Unemployed & Underemployed
  • Men and women returning home from incarceration
  • A positive attitude about learning & a genuine interest in the
  • trades/construction industry
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Ability to pass a drug test
  • Certifications: OSHA 10, First Aid, CPR
  • Resume writing
  • Job Search Support
  • Introduction to the trades through hands on learning
  • Introduction to trade professionals that share industry knowledge
  • Social/emotional supports
  • Job placement support
  • Mental health referrals
  • Life Skills Training: conflict resolution, time management, life/work balance, financial literacy

No! We welcome D.C. and Maryland residents into the program

Fresh Start Project Training Application

Applicant Information

(if you reside in D.C.)

Education Information

If so, please list them.

Employment Information

If so, how many years?
(Plumbing, HVAC, Electrical, Cement Masonry, etc)

Application Information

(motivation, childcare, housing, transportation, criminal background, etc)