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Bridging the gap between applied learning and the digital gaming experience.

SERVING METRO ATLANTA SINCE 2008 | A Non-profit (501c3) Organization

Our Capabilities

The NEXT Steps Youth Entrepreneur Program is an award-winning, youth development intermediary that establishes lines of communication between students, schools, volunteers, mentors, nonprofit organizations and local businesses in high-demand STEM++ industries.  

Through our signature Community Involvement Growth Strategy (CIGS) infrastructure model, we integrate NEXT Steps programming into school improvement plans and/or school-parent involvement policies of Title I and targeted school districts to create STEM++ based internships, youth entrepreneur opportunities, and service-learning projects that increase the technical STEM++ skills of youth and young adults.

Our Services
Core Functions

Brokering relationships
Expanding non-traditional education and skills-development programs and services
Increasing program quality
Strengthening and supporting after-school programming
Providing workforce and trend data research that quantifies social impact and sustainability

Deliverables

Procurement of Title I service contracts, STEM education funding grants, donations, marketing and sales activities, and other levels of engagement for each school district or youth workforce development market;

Utilization of our service-to-experience conversion model to secure post-secondary educational opportunities, internships, apprenticeships, job placements to generate stipends and workforce experiences for students;

Access to our STEM++ Direct Youth Staffing Agency, new Digital Badge & Skillcoin Rewards Micro-Credentialing System™  to create STEM++ based resumes, financial portfolios and other employment tools.

NSPIE University
Fundraising Goals & Objectives
FY 2017-2022

 

• Train 100-150 apprentices in person and online (YR1)
• Introduce program to top 100 US school districts
• Create 100 Junior Executive Management Teams; 10-25 members each
• Reduce Metro Atlanta’s youth unemployment by 1.5% (pilot)

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Executive Leadership Team

NEXT Steps Partners In Education Network

Dana Jewel Harris v3

Dana Jewel Harris

FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
NEXT Steps Youth Entrepreneur Program

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Dr. Terry M. Segovis

PRINCIPAL
NEXT Steps Partners In Education Training Academy

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Judy Raines

DIRECTOR
Operation Restoration Leadership Development

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Blair Anderson

Blair Anderson

NSPIE ADVISORY BOARD CHAIR
National Association of Nonprofits
Founder

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“The 17” Legacy Council

Operation Restoration STEM++ Advisors

Clifton Powell

Clifton Powell
Statesman
“The 17” Legacy Council

STEM++ Career Cluster
Arts & Entertainment

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Baba "Yoga" Bey

Baba “Yoga” Bey
Statesman
“The 17” Legacy Council

STEM++ Career Cluster
Health Sciences

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Dr. Jean Bonhomme

Dr. Jean Bonhomme
Statesman
“The 17” Legacy Council

STEM++ Career Cluster
Health Sciences

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Angelia O'Neal v2

Angelia O’Neal
Stateswoman
“The 17” Legacy Council

STEM++ Career Cluster
Retail Marketing

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Tixie Fowler v3

Tixie Fowler
Gardens For Growing Community
CEO

STEM++ Career Cluster
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

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Marcus Mitchell

Marcus Mitchell
The M Mitchell Group
CEO

STEM++ Career Cluster
Architecture & Construction

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Dwight Carroll v2

Dwight Carroll
Virtual Eminence
Principal

STEM++ Career Cluster
Arts, A/V Technologies & Communications

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Dr. Nicole LaBeach
Volition Enterprises, Inc.
CEO

STEM++ Career Cluster
Business Management & Administration

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John Reed

John Reed
Eagles Educational Services/SFAYC
Program Director

STEM++ Career Cluster
Education & Training

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Domonique Mitchell v4

Domonique Mitchell
Executive Decision Media Group
CEO

STEM++ Career Cluster
Film, Digital Media & Entertainment

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WANTED

STEM++ Career Cluster
Finance

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Christopher Burke
Georgia Institute of Technology
Director, Government & Community Relations

STEM++ Career Cluster
Government & Public Policy

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Gaylon Rogers v2

Gaylon Rogers
The Green City Development Group
CEO

STEM++ Career Cluster
Green Energy & Sustainable Technologies/span>

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Bobby Green v2

Bobby Green
Healthchec Technologies
Co-Founder

STEM++ Career Cluster
Health Sciences

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Angela McNeil v2

Angela McNeil
Work Hard Play Hard Transportainment
CEO

STEM++ Career Cluster
Hospitality & Tourism

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Blenda DeBerry v2

Blenda DeBerry
Jon Ric Luxury Salon & Wellness Spa
CEO

STEM++ Career Cluster
Human Services

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Gerald Poe, Jr v2

Gerald Poe, Jr.
Focus Institute of Technology
CEO

STEM++ Career Cluster
Information Technology

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WANTED

STEM++ Career Cluster
Law

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Rob Kelly
Solid Rock Concrete
CEO

STEM++ Career Cluster
Manufacturing

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Courtney Counts v2

Courtney Counts
KTC Media Agency
Managing Director

STEM++ Career Cluster
Marketing

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WANTED

STEM++ Career Cluster
Transportation

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Our Executive Leadership Team & Advisory Board

Our Executive Advisory Board is comprised of STEM++ career professionals that are passionate about developing the next generation of skilled, community leaders and strengthening our Partners In Education network. 

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Dana Jewel Harris

FOUNDER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

NEXT Steps Youth Entrepreneur Program

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Dr. Terry Segovis

PRINCIPAL

NEXT Steps Partners In Education University

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Clifton Powell

STATESMAN

“The 17” Legacy Council

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Chris Burke

GEORGIA TECH UNIVERSITY
Government & Community Relations Director

NSPIE Partner
The Fab Lab Community Development Research Center

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Dr. Nicole LaBeach

VOLITION ENTERPRISES
CEO

NSPIE Partner
STEM++ Direct Youth Staffing Division

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Oliver Dorsey

DORSEY CONSULTING & TRAINING
President

NSPIE Partner
College Town Communities

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Courtney Counts

KTC
Managing Director, Social Innovation

NSPIE Partner
STEM++ Direct Media

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Blair Anderson

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
Executive Director

NSPIE Partner
NEXT Steps Partners In Education Network

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Angelia Reddick

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS GROUP
Founding Partner

NSPIE Partner
NSPIE University IT Division

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Baba “Yoga” Bey

NATIONAL BLACK MEN’S HEALTH NETWORK
Outreach Coordinator

NSPIE Partner
Holistic Food Systems Network

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Dr. Jean-Paul Bonhomme

NATIONAL BLACK MEN’S HEALTH NETWORK
Founder

NSPIE Partner
Holistic Food Systems Network

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Tixie Fowler

GARDENS FOR GROWING COMMUNITY
Executive Director

NSPIE Partner
Holistic Food Systems Network

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John Reed

EAGLES EDUCATIONAL SERVICES/SFAYC
Program Director

NSPIE Partner
Operation Restoration Service-Learning Projects

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WANTED!
Candidates for "The 17" Legacy Council

Members of “The 17” Legacy Council are charged with engaging in at least three of the following activities:

  • Becoming a NEXT Steps Partner In Education (requires annual membership fee)
  • Strengthening our relationships with industry-specific STEM++ career professionals within their College Town Community
  • Maintaining a bridge of communication between students, educators and the current workforce marketplace
  • Sponsoring or participating in an Operation Restoration service-learning project
  • Hosting one (1) Investor/Mentor Meetup per year
  • Using their network to sponsor three (3) Digital Badge Galleries per year (galleries = $2,180 ea)
  • Providing CSI Tips via blog posts, photos, videos, recorded video chats, audio recordings, or guest appearances to our CSI TRENDS Blog regarding trends within their industry
  • Participating in or hosting a 17 Legacy Council Superhero Photoshoot (to reveal your and your network’s superhero STEM++ powers IN FULL COSTUME)

View The Arts & Film Legacy Council
Celebrity Film & Industry Music Day @ Atlanta Job Corps Event   Flyer | Guest Bios

Join The Legacy Council of Your STEM++ Industry Today!

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Agribusiness Systems, Animal Systems, Environmental Service Systems, and Food Products & Processing Systems

Join “The 17”

Architecture & Construction

Architecture, Design, Pre-Construction, Construction and Maintenance/Operations

Join “The 17”

Art, A/V Technologies & Communications

A/V Technology & Film, Printing, Visual & Performing Arts, Journalism & Broadcasting, and Telecommunications

Join “The 17”

Business Management & Administration

Business Information Management, Human Resources Management, and Operations Management

Join “The 17”

Education & Training

Administration & Administrative Support, Professional Support Services, Teaching and Training

Join “The 17”

Film, Digital Media & Entertainment

Film, Vector/3D/4D Graphic Arts, Digital & Gaming Technologies, Social Media, SEO, Sports & Music Distribution Channels

Join “The 17”

Finance

Securities & Investments, Business Finance, Accounting, Insurance & Banking Services

Join “The 17”

Government & Policy Administration

Governance, National Security, Foreign Service, Planning, Revenue & Taxation and Regulation

Join “The 17”

Green Energy & Sustainable Technologies

Solar, Smart Grid, Wind, Biomass, Batteries, Fuel Cells and LEED Certifications

Join “The 17”

Health Sciences

Therapeutic, Diagnostic and Support Services, Health Informatics, and Biotechnology Research & Development

Join “The 17”

Hospitality& Tourism

Restaurants & Food/Beverage Services, Lodging, Travel & Tourism, Recreation, Amusements & Attractions

Join “The 17”

Human Services

Early Childhood Development, Counseling & Mental Health, Family & Community, Personal and Consumer Care Services

Join “The 17”

Information Technology

Network Systems, Information Support & Services, Web & Digital Communications and Programming & Software Development

Join “The 17”

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Correction Services, Emergency, Fire Management, Law Enforcement, Legal, Security & Protective Services

Join “The 17”

Manufacturing

Production, Manufacturing, Process Development, Maintenance, Installation & Repair and Quality Assurance

Join “The 17”

Marketing

Management, Communications & Research, Professional Sales and Merchandising

Join “The 17”

STEM++ Industries

Engineering & Technology,Science & Mathematics

Join “The 17”

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Transportation Operations, Logistics Planning & Management Services, and Warehousing & Distribution Center Operations

Join “The 17”

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Film & Digital Media
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
Hospitality & Tourism
Green Technologies
Finance
Health Science
Human Services
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
Information Technology
Manufacturing
Marketing
STEM++ Industries
Government & Public Admin

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STEM++ PROFESSIONALS
Make a donation today to sponsor the digital badge collection for your STEM++ industry.

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