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  • Detroit Food Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that works with local educators, chefs, and business owners to inspire young Detroiters (ages 13-24) through self-directed entrepreneurial experiences rooted in food-- experiences which open doors, create connections, and spark confidence. From cooking delicious healthy meals for friends and family to facilitating complex conversations with community to developing artisan food projects from scratch to market, students learn by transforming their ideas into reality. Through this process, they grow as holistic leaders who are healthy, connected, and powerful to affect change within and beyond the local food system.
    • The Academy

      An afterschool leadership development program for young Detroiters that culminates in the design and launch of students’ own triple-bottom-line (people, planet, profit) food business. Through this process we surround our students with the experienc…

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    • Summer Leadership Program

      Academy graduates may apply for a paid summer internship under one of two tracks: Food Business: After successfully premiering their food business at Market Day, students have the opportunity to launch, operate, and refine their business at Detroi…

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    • Small Batch Detroit

      Small Batch Detroit is a social enterprise subsidiary featuring products designed and crafted by Detroit Food Academy high school students. In addition to bringing tasty healthy products into the world, Small Batch serves to: Offer real-wo…

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  • Testimonials

    • Gregory

      “I loved communicating with people in my community. And I learned how I can help my family live healthier.”

      Gregory, Summer 2013
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      “The most important thing I learned at DFA this summer is exceptional marketing and communication skills. I also learned how to manage money and talk to a large group of people.”

      Popy, Summer 2013
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      “I learned about entrepreneurship and being a professional and I also learned how to make a change in my community. We went to local markets and sold our healthy products, and I learned how to just have healthier alternatives for foods and educating people is helping my community. We also learned … that we can cook for ourselves with ingredients we get from the market or store.”

      Taylor, Summer 2013
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      “Kids can actually make a difference in our communities… be leaders instead of being out in the streets. I’m going back to school to get my high school diploma and go to college to become a teacher and it’s all thanks for Ms. B and the Food Brigade and the Boggs Education Center to help me find out what I want to do in my life.”

      Desmond, Summer 2011- Summer 2013
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      “If you have a chance to take this class in the future, take advantage. It’s like a family. This class helped me make healthier choices, I stopped going to McDonald’s, started cooking at home, and I’ve lost like 5 pounds.”

      Haider, Fall 2012
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      “I was thinking I could own my own restaurant… and maybe one day it can happen, now I’ve got some skills. I also learned how to be a professional. Ms. B would say that we are at work and we need to be professional, respectful, and treat others how you want to be treated. I learned how to present myself. I also learned what a working environment is and I learned how to be serious and get the job done.”

      Sherrion, Fall 2012 – Summer 2013
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