LISTEN --> FreshFaces Podcast: Steph Buda of The Kids of 216

What started as a graduate school project at John Carroll University has blossomed into The Kids of 216, a nonprofit that empowers at-risk youth to become better versed in vocational trades. Each year, 30 high school students enter a 10-week cohort during which they are not only paid for their time, but participate in an array of projects that benefit both their learning and the community at large. The curriculum ranges from life skills classes to residential renovations to community projects—now that's what we call fresh! On this edition of the FreshFaces podcast, we interview founder Steph Buda to learn more about her vision and how it's taking shape around Cleveland.


Produced in partnership with Evergreen Podcasts and hosted by contributing editor Jen Jones Donatelli, FreshFaces is the podcast of FreshWater Cleveland, an online publication focused on the people, places, and projects shaping and transforming Cleveland., This podcast focuses on the first part of that equation: the catalytic talent making change in Cleveland. Listen to in-depth interviews with Cleveland's trailblazers and changemakers! 

Listen and subscribe on Spotify here.

Listen and subscribe on iTunes here.

Read more articles by Jen Jones Donatelli.

As a Cleveland native and enthusiast, Jen Jones Donatelli is thrilled to take on the managing editor role at FreshWater. As a full-time freelance writer and editor for more than a decade, Jen has contributed to publications including Redbook, Budget Travel, GOOD, Playboy, Thrillist, Cleveland Magazine, Los Angeles Confidential, San Francisco, Ohio Today, and many more. She is also a contributing editor for Destination Cleveland and a proud graduate of Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.
Signup for Email Alerts