June 14, 2021

The Freed Artist Society

One of my clients, the Refreshed Crew (BIPOC Artist/Educator/ Mentorship Collective); Charitable Organization: The Freed Artist Society (Charitable Number: 799675533RR0001) could certainly use some assistance with funding for their ReFreshed Crew Apprenticeship Program; so, thank you for reading the information below and letting me know if you and/or anyone you know may be of any assistance to this incredibly important nonprofit located in Calgary.

It is run by a super neat guy, Nathan Lenet (Executive Director/ President/ Executive Sponsor/ Artist/ Creator/ Knowledge Keeper/ Main facilitator) Founder, and Mentor for The Freed Artist Society (ReFreshed), and why he is 2020 Top 40 Under 40 as rated by Avenue Magazine: “Nathan Lenet helps youth grow their resiliency and remain connected to their culture. Nathan’s life is guided by the tenets of hip-hop and rap music and for those who have not had a fair shot”.

The Freed Artist Society (ReFreshed Crew) is a Federally recognized Charitable Organization that has delivered programming and services to vulnerable, disenfranchised, and historically disadvantaged youth in Alberta since 2011. We are a diverse crew, team, and village – that serve Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in the Treaty 7 communities of Calgary, the Stoney Nakoda Nation, Tsuut’ina Nation, N. Alberta, B.C., Sierra Leone, and beyond.

Mission: “Our mission is, essentially, to support vulnerable, Indigenous youth through arts, culture, mentorship, and apprenticeship,” – Executive Director, Nathan Lenet

Vision: To see vulnerable youth walking in health, purpose, and responsibility; creating a sanctuary that supports them in overcoming obstacles, achieving life goals, and obtaining opportunities for success.

Through the program we build, plan, organize and collaboratively execute Indigenous teachings, sharing circles, art mentorship/ apprenticeships, performances, and focused relationship building during shared experiences, unorthodox uses of virtual/ and public space (COVID 19 regulations).

Through our weekly ReFreshed meet-up, the youth meet with a talented team of professional Artist Educators and youth workers. We always eat together first. Then we teach life skills in combination with the Urban Artforms of Break Dance, Rap/Spoken Word, Visual Arts/Film Making, and Music.

The final component of ReFreshed is to create a community project that brings the youth together to showcase their voices and abilities. An example of our youths’ achievements is a video you can watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpjN1W3Ggng

Need for Apprenticeship Initiative:

In addition to improving individual and community health outcomes, art plays a crucial role in healing relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians and, in turn, reduces the marginalization often experienced by Indigenous people when accessing health, education, social, community, and government services. This innovative approach to youth work will provide the safe space for youth to experience and access our support.

ReFreshed Crew Apprenticeship Program / Covid 19 Response

The youth we serve, on and off-reserve are facing a very real crisis due to social/physical isolation. Disproportionately impacted and extremely vulnerable to increased mental and emotional health struggles. The community shut down has reduced access to schools and programming, a very real risk for further personal trauma and its subsequent fallout. Tailored to the needs of Indigenous and vulnerable youth, these interventions will build upon innate strengths and assets within the youth, provide a safe space to get a sense of belonging, and offer easy-to-implement mindfulness, cultural, psychological, and creative exercises, to manage through this uncertain time.


The Indigenous visual, arts, music, film, and craft sector provides incredibly significant economic, social, and cultural benefits. These benefits extend beyond Indigenous individuals and communities, into the wider diversity of the Albertan, Canadian and international community.

Since the inception of the ReFreshed youth programs, we have reached over 10,000 youth through programs, workshops, outreach, and events. We are on track to reach, 25,000+ by 2030.

Refreshed Youth: Develop more positive attitudes toward themselves and others, and build key skills such as resilience, empathy, and perseverance with helpful resources, activities, and consistent programs (Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Harm Reduction, Wellness).

Refreshed Parents/ Guardians -We utilize dynamic, and age-appropriate programs / art-based pedagogy (Dance, Poetry, Creative writing, Public Speaking, Communication, Visual Arts, Production, photography, and filmmaking), to support youth in a way that helps kids communicate their emotions, illustrate what they are thinking, and encourage safe digital/ virtual / and in = person collaborations through the pandemic.

Educators/Teachers – help students and learners grow into well-rounded problem solvers.

Mentors/Volunteers – Service-based learning develops increased self-efficacy, builds self-confidence, persistence, empathy, and more durational social.

I hope you enjoy my postings and find this information useful. Please follow the link at: https://raveresults.ca/blog/ as I welcome your comments on my Blog.



Mitchell Ravvin, BComm, PFPC, CFRE
Professional Fundraiser
Rave Results Inc.
7436 21A Street SE
Calgary, AB T2C 0V9

Rave Results Inc. is a professional fundraising service specializing in assisting mid-size nonprofit organizations. Areas of expertise include: Donor Development, Major Gift Fundraising, Sponsorship, Planned Giving, and both Annual and Capital Campaigns.

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