About Us

The NEXT Steps Youth Entrepreneur Program

OUR SIGNATURE CIGS & ATWOOD MODELS

How We Define Success

NEXT Steps defines success as when an underserved youth graduates from high school, gets a college education, gains special skills to enter the workforce, or starts a business.

NextSteps STEM++ Authentic Leadership Program has a holistic approach towards helping underserved youth become authentic leaders. We also provide students with marketable project management and business development skills coupled with opportunities to deliver products and services for real clients. Our engagement activities include civic leadership, health and wellness, urban agritourism, social entrepreneurship, environmental stewardship, and S.T.E.M. career pathways.

The combination of STEM++ educational building blocks, regional-specific partnerships, strong ethics and the 12 permaculture design principles (see video) foster a culture of authentic leadership. This includes introducing youth to building tools & technology, education & culture, health & spiritual well-being, finances & economics, land tenure, community governance, and nature stewardship.

Permaculture Ethics and Design Principles with David Holmgren
Uploaded on Jun 14, 2009
www.permacultureprinciples.com.

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Our Signature CIGS Model

NEXT Steps has an extremely powerful tool called The Community Involvement Growth Strategy (CIGS) Strategic Organizational Development Model. We use CIGS to build a framework that provides access for middle & high school, university and continuing education systems to learn more about logistics, supply and environmental studies. This means we are able to integrate year-round, real-time applications of social entrepreneurial best practices with agricultural sciences, agritourism, destination management, environmental stewardship, nature-based recreation, culinary arts & media programs.

The Atwood Model

Our signature Atwood Model (Agricultural Technology With Open Outdoor Design) has a holistic approach towards helping underserved youth become authentic leaders. This includes introducing youth to building tools & technology, education & culture, health & spiritual well-being, finances & economics, land tenure, community governance, and nature stewardship. The combination of STEM++ educational building blocks, regional-specific partnerships, strong ethics and permaculture design principles foster a culture of authentic leadership. It is represented by the live, work, play, learn and travel illustration.

About Our Founder

For the past 20 years, Dana Jewel Harris has used her signature CIGS (Community Involvement Growth Strategy) Model as an organizational tool to help small businesses develop business plans and revise their existing business models. Her foundation as a former military logistics specialist for the U.S. Army helped her become a successful strategic planner -- securing millions of dollars for start-ups in the entertainment, real estate, restaurant, automotive services and urban agriculture industries. Now she uses her STEM++ based educational building blocks as a platform to help underserved youth become authentic leaders.

Dana Jewel Harris, Founder
NEXT Steps Youth Entrepreneur Program
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