• 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.
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      After-school Leadership Program

      A school-year 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 experience, …

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      Summer Leadership Program

      School-year graduates are invited to apply for a paid summer internship under one of two tracks: Food Entrepreneurship: After successfully premiering their food business at Market Day, students have the opportunity to launch, operate, and refine t…

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    • Advanced Leadership Cohort

      Advanced Leadership Cohort

      Students who have been with us for at least one year are offered the opportunity to develop their own unique food-rooted project and bring it to the next level. Our first cohort elected to create a pop-up restaurant called Seconds, using produce ‘s…

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    • Detroit Pop Shop

      Detroit Pop Shop

      At The Detroit Pop Shop, we handcraft gourmet popsicles in delicious and unique flavors using the best ingredients. We focus on using fresh fruit, and utilizing other Michigan and Detroit companies as often as possible. The Detroit Pop Shop is a s…

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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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      Small Batch Demo Service

      Every small food business needs thousands of people to try their product, but very few have the time, energy, and/or personnel to hand out samples in grocery stores every week. Some go as far as contracting actors’ guilds to operate their produc…

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  • Meet our Mentors!

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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