About Us

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

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

OUR MISSION
Equip young people with high demand technical skills to help them earn micro-credentials, engage employers, and competitively meet the needs through all stages of a STEM++ career.

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.

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Our Fundraising
Goals & Objectives
FY 2017-2022

 

    1. Raise $500k through digital badge sponsorships
    2. Train 100-150 students in person and online (YR1)
    3. Introduce program to top 100 US school districts
    4. Create 100 Junior Executive Management Teams; 10-25 members each
    5. 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

Join “The 17” Legacy Council

$149.00 per year
NSPIE Business Membership

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)
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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Laurie Sossa

Lauri Sossa
Junior Southern Barter Club
Co-Founder

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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