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