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  • Detroit Food Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit experiential leadership program dedicated to transforming the lives of young Detroiters through food and social entrepreneurship. We partner with local high schools, educators, and food entrepreneurs to facilitate a year-round practicum culminating in the design and launch of students' own triple-bottom-line (people, planet, profit) food business. By developing food-based solutions in their communities, students grow as holistic leaders who are healthy, connected, and powerful to affect change within and beyond the local food system.
  • PROGRAM STRUCTURE

    • 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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    • Small Batch Summer Internship

      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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  • Testimonials

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

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      Gregory, Summer 2013
    • “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.”

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      Popy, Summer 2013
    • “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.”

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      Taylor, Summer 2013
    • “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.”

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      Desmond, Summer 2011- Summer 2013
    • “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.”

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      Haider, Fall 2012
    • “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.”

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      Sherrion, Fall 2012 – Summer 2013
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