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Dee Jay Doc H
2570 Superior Ave.
(Glenville, East Cleveland and Buckeye)
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Trust Belt City at the Bop Stop

the project

We Empower Youth

Youth are the leaders of tomorrow? Wait, hold up. We believe youth can be leaders today!

By championing youth voice, we are empowering them to grow in creativity, confidence, and character. As we explore our neighborhood's freshest people, places and attributes, our minds are open to new possibilities, new friendships, new ideas, and new music. We put our ideas to words and our words to music, creating powerful neighborhood anthems that ring out like mini Dr. King speeches. We teach students that their voice has power, and that their voice is needed. If words create worlds, words to a beat create universes!

Why Do It

Here are a few disturbing statistics about our neighborhoods:

- 56% of residents on Cleveland live in a food desert area.
- One in three students in Glenville are poisoned with lead.
- This is a lack accessible arts programming in Cleveland neighborhoods.

We use a project-based experiential learning process where students discuss community health issues such as obesity, lead poising, gun violence and a lack of jobs to find and help develop actionable solutions. Our arts-integrated eduation on these topics help students learn and retain their learning. By creating motivational songs, they become the spokesman and spokeswomen to help educate and inspire peers to be the change they want to see. So far, we've seen students pursue college for recording arts and culinary arts, start their own home garden, gain entreprenuerial mindsets and even start their own recording studio! Hope is the first step toward healing any of our communities challenges. Fresh Camp empowers the youth to inspire hope. 

More Than a 2-week Summer Camp

During the 2-week summer camp portion of our program, students learn beatmaking, lyric writing and studio recording as they create their original songs. Over the weeks following camp, they take their message to the streets! Public performances increase their confidence and give them experience making a real difference as they uplift their community one song at a time. If our campaign is successful, we will grow our advanced year-round programs through the foundations who support us. That's how your contribution helps create a year-round mentoring program for these wonderful youth.

As students attend Fresh Camp a few years in a row, they can become eligible for our paid intership program called, "Fresh Force." Only the most committed and passionate will make this workforce development team. These older students become camp counselors and junior producers to pass on the artistic craft and community change culture we have established. By providing these, much needed, summer jobs we not only fill a community need, we give Fresh Camp students opportunities to excel in leadership by "graduating" to the Fresh Force team. 

Student Lyrics + Parent Quotes

“I see people in this neighborhood trying to make it a better place, working harder and stronger so that one day Buckeye can one day win this race, if you wanna be part of it come down to the meeting place, come on down to the meeting place. . . . We [are in] Buckeye, havin fun, trying to make the neighborhood better for everyone” - students from the 2017 Buckeye Fresh Camp

“Though the lead light (gun violence) may be strong, we, we, can carry on. Lock arms and hold on, we’ll calm the storm. In the eyes of a soldier while the world’s getting colder. Ugh!” - Dylan Palmer aka T.A.L.D. (That Artistic Loving Dude), Lead Light

“Dairy Queen...McDonald's...Burger King. It ain’t as healthy as it all seems. Look, fast food, it ain’t the business. Go eat something that will help your fitness.” - Khalid

“During the 2 weeks Devin was at the Buckeye Fresh Camp we noticed a positive change in him immediately! Devin can be very shy, layed back, even stubborn at times but is very caring type of kid. No one gets to see that side of him due to him being so shy! But he completely opened up during his time at the camp! Everyday he came home with something new and exciting to tell us whether it was about him gardening or rapping! He also collaborated on a song and and made beats on a laptop with his new friends. It was about the potholes in the city of Cleveland and that was so exciting for him! For our son to perform in front of a crowd, it was mind blowing for our family to watch! Sending Devin to Fresh Camp was one of the best decisions we could have made this summer. Thank you to all the camp mentors and a big thanks to Doc and Lee! See you next summer.” - Melissa Philpott

the steps

We begin registration March. In June and July we run a one week preparation camp for camp counselors, then three 2-week Fresh Camps in Glenville, Buckeye and East Cleveland.

Throughout July and August we release each Fresh Camp's CD's and help the students perform at farmers' markets and community events throughout Cleveland to spread their message.

why we're doing it

See "Why We Do It" above.


Updated Budget 3.13.18

Summer camp costs $600 per student (80 scholarships) = $48,000

less donations from Hip-hop at the Bop Stop = $1,298

Subtotal = $46,702

ioby Platform Fee $35

ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $1,401

Total to raise = $48,138


Original Budget

Summer camp costs $600 per student (80 scholarships) = $48,000

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Why not offer the best music and arts camp to students in the toughest Cleveland neighborhoods? They deserve it! Many students in Glenville, Buckeye and East Cleveland have limited transportation options. Our camps are possitioned right in the neighborhood so students with the least access can find a safe, arts and cultural outlet during their summer. 

$600 sends one student to camp. This covers all costs of administration, artist mentors, camp counselors and supplies. We provide healthy lunches from food purchased at local urban gardens complete with cooking lessons at camp. If we receive less than our goal, we'll run smaller camps. If we receive more, we can accept more students. Our goal is 80 students.

We are writing grants and approaching corporate sponsors to grow our digital music production and recording lab instead of operations. This will make us far more sustainable and eligible for greater grant support.  Last year grants were awarded from the Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation, St. Luke's Foundation, Neighborhood Connections, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, The Food Trust, Neighborhood Progress and Puffin.


Trust Belt City at the Bop Stop

The idea for Trust Belt City was inspired by my grandfather Tony Di Joy and my father Dave Harrill. They were blue collar workers who taught me grit, hard work and discipline. After living in Glenville for 10 years and south Collinwood for 8 before that I realized that it takes that same hard work to build trust in my neighborhood. If we can do the hard work of building trust with our neighbors, especially those different from us, we can create safe, vibrant communities despite the economic hardships that have existed in our rust belt cities. I'll be performing the whole song next Wednesday at our Hip-hop at the Bop Stop fundraiser dinner/concert. Tickets.

We can go from being a rust belt city to a trust belt city. I first wrote this song in 2014 when our Fresh Camp leaders went with me to interview a bunch of neighbors to ask, "What is the hope for having a good neighborhood?" One word I uncovered is the word, "TRUST!" The album is called, "Fist vs. Friendship." The interesting thing is that one of our students wrote a song called, "Can't Trust." You can hear that album here:

Early Bird and Group rates available for next weeks' concert!

If you'd like to share our work with a few friends or if you've never seen us perform live, grab a table for 6 at the Bop Stop. The group rate is only $15 per seat and gets you admission PLUS dinner and dessert. That's a great deal! Oh did I mention that Dee Jay Doc will be releasing some new material and there will be an exciting live music, turntable and rap freestyle session! I hope you can bring a few friends. It's going to be a fun show and a great dinner!

Fresh Food, Fresh Music + a Fresh Cause

Here's a nice double date idea for you. Hip-hop at the Bop Stop is going to be a really nice concert. Dinner is provided by Chef Kellee. The venue is an intimate historical jazz venue with a nice stage. VIP gets front row. Our students and staff will be sharing stories in between songs. Everyone sits at tables. It's nice. Maybe you have a group of 4-8 people that might want to come together. It won't be a late night (over by 8:30pm). Hope you can make it! Thank you for your amazing support so far in our fundraiser. Tickets here.

You are invited to Hip-hop at the Bop Stop!

We are going to end this campaign with a nice concert at one of Cleveland's special venues. Order your ticket today! This intimate venue (dinner included) provides a great enviroment to experience Refresh Collective hip-hop artists, junior producers and students perform their heart out to raise money for Fresh Camp 2018! 

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Daryus Bell (youth leader) talking about Fresh Camp

Real stories by Fresh Camp students told through song

"No Warriors" is a collaboration between a few young ladies at the Glenville Fresh Camp 2017. They share stories of losing friends to gun violence. If fully funded, we'll help 80 students tell real stories of their lives and how to overcome challenges and inspire hope. Thank you for being a part of this!


This production was guided by Lee Harrill, Braelyn Schenk, Nate Willard and Daryus Bell. Models are from the Fresh Force internship team along with Lee Harrill.



The Chestertons and Oceanne give through music and jewelry.

We must say a huge, "Thank You," to these two local artists for making a huge difference in a very fun way! 

The Chestertons invited us to perform at their annual Christmas concert and donated 100% of their ticket sales to boost our campaign. It was a great evening with beautiful music and great friends packing out Coda Live Music Venue for A Very Chestertons Christmas II w/Anita Louise/Emily & Ivory. 

Oceanne Jewelry donated 100% of their handmade jewelry sales on one of their biggest days of the year (Dec 23rd). Thank you to all who shopped at the Oceanne boutique last Saturday! Thank you to the whole Oceanne team!

Together you guys gave us a huge weekend. Merry Christmas!!!


We've surpassed 25%!!

Thanks to a few donors who stepped up last Friday in the nick of time, we were able to reach this first, BIG, milestone before the weekends other special events! THANK YOU for being so generous and timely!



We are SO close to the 25% milestone!!

Thank you to all who donated early! You can help propel us by sharing the following message with 10 friends:  

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Give $1 so Fresh Camp 2018 can raise $2. Send to 10 people. You will help Cleveland kids go to Fresh Camp this summer!!

All Fresh Gear sales this weekend being donated to this fundraiser!!

You may order online at or grab your Fresh Gear at the Cleveland Flea or Cleveland Bazaar this weekend (Dec 8-10th)! We will send 100% of the total sales directly to this campaign to give it a kick start! It's a double gift. Buy a shirt for a friend and you help send students to camp!!


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