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Leadership & Skills Development

WHO WE ARE

Since 2008, The NEXT Steps Youth Entrepreneur Program (501c3) has served as a nonprofit workforce intermediary that specializes in creating interconnected, project-based learning programs that transform critical thinking, critical reasoning and life skills into readiness skills for college, career, business & community reinvestment.

Standards

Meets US CTE Course Standards

2,000+

6-12th grade students engaged

80%

Immediate gains in skills identification

100%

Effective in optimizing output

OUR LEARNING TOOLS DELIVER NATIONAL K-12 CTE COURSE STANDARD #1
FOR EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

1.1

Communicate effectively through writing, speaking, listening, reading, and interpersonal abilities.

1.2

Demonstrate creativity by asking challenging questions and applying innovative procedures and methods.

1.3

Exhibit critical thinking and problem-solving skills to locate, analyze and apply information in career planning and employment situations

1.4

Demonstrate creativity by asking challenging questions and applying innovative procedures and methods.

1.5

Apply the appropriate skill sets to be productive in a changing, technological, diverse workplace to be able to work independently and apply teamwork skills.

1.6

Present a professional image through appearance, behavior and language

August 2020. Paulding County, GA becomes the first school district to integrate Community On Demand™ into their 4-Year Perkins V Funded Career, Technical and Agricultural (CTAE) Employability Skills Development Strategy for all 6th-8th grades.

Marores Perry
Director of Career, Technical & Agriculture Education
Paulding County School District
Paulding County, GA

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

The STEM Direct Youth Chamber of Commerce

We simply meet you where you are!

Become A Member

A STEAM ENTREPRENEURSHIP & TALENT PIPELINE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

We provide leadership development and skill-building lessons in financial literacy, digital technologies, entertainment, entrepreneurship and economics to maximize engagement between all community stakeholders within a highly efficient and optimized learning ecosystem.

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Student Membership
Personal Development

We offer youth and young adult learners (ages 11-24) leadership and life skills development training experiences that ensure they are ready for college, career, business and community reinvestment.
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Educator Membership
Professional Development

We offer professional development training to help mentors, educators, life coaches, hiring managers, and instructors create innovative learning ecosystems that acknowledge various mindsets, leverage existing local resources, and produce high quality, effective and optimized outputs.
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Business Membership
Business Development

We offer non-profit and for-profit business support services through leadership and organizational development training to help them create early investment opportunities for non-profit and for profit businesses looking to hire and retain a highly skilled workforce
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Community-Based Groups
Community Development

We offer government agencies, teams and community groups leverage the impact of work-based learning experiences to help community stakeholders address, reduce, and/or eliminate the impact of socio-economic conditions negatively affecting their local economy.
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Learn more about the Community On Demand™ game-based LMS 

aSTEAM Village integrates Community On Demand™ into their Digital KC Now initiative

STEAM Revolution introduced Community On Demand™ during the West Point LEADS event.

"Community On Demand™ is the best curriculum I think I’ve ever been involved with, and I sure hope you embrace it like I do."
LeeAnn Hinchberger
6th-8th Grade Teacher | Dobbins Middle School
Paulding County School District

NEW! CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

The STEAM Investigative Process

A new & innovative approach to critical thinking, teambuilding & problem-solving

Earn An SIP Certification

CRITICAL THINKING  •  TEAM BUILDING •  PROBLEM-SOLVING

We fuse the fun of a card game with skill-building activities to teach individuals, educators, businesses and community-based organizations how to adopt The STEAM Investigative Process as a new, more effective approach towards improving standardized test outcomes, engagement and overall performance.

SIP Scholars
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We use The Money Guide for Young Entrepreneurs Activity Workbook, Toolkit & Online Courses to help leaners assess their skillset, build a Junior Executive Management (JEM) team, increase their financial literacy skills, and ultimately launch a service-learning project and/or social venture

SIP Instructors
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We teach educators, mentors, hiring managers and life coaches how to use Community On Demand™ to strategically design, build, monitor, evaluate, and optimize the outputs and outcomes of projects and programs within an interconnected learning ecosystem.

SIP Source Centers
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We teach community stakeholders how to leverage project & work-based learning experiences to address, reduce, and/or eliminate the impact of negative socio-economic conditions as an effort to make early investments in the development and training of a highly skilled local constituency.

INTEGRATION STRATEGY

Community On Demand™ Immersion Process

For new & existing training programs

Integrate Community On Demand™

CORE/COURSE STANDARDS • AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS • CAREER DEVELOPMENT

We take our clients through a three part immersion process to help them integrate Community On Demand™ as a flexible, blended-learning employment solution for new and existing curriculum, after school programs, extra-curricula activities, and workforce development programs.

Organizational
Development

Our signature Community Involvement Growth Strategy (CIGS) Model establishes organizational integrity, ensures organizational sustainability and strengthens leadership decision-making capabilities.

Activity & Project
Development

Our signature Agricultural Technologies With Open Outdoor Designs (ATWOOD) Model ensure participants know how to connect the contribution values of their community service and project-based learning projects to the local job economy and marketplace.

Evaluation, Maintenance & Optimization

Our Digital Badge & Skillcoin Rewards Micro-Certification System helps stakeholders track, measure, report and sustain the impact of their optimized outputs, standardized test performance and readiness outcomes.

ARE YOU READY TO PLAY?

View our catalogue of innovative training materials

Game Set

Card decks and game boards

Online Courses

Money Guide for Young Entrepreneurs

Activity Toolkits

Worksheets, Lesson Plans & Educator's Guide

SIP Certifications

Leadership Development Workshop Series

Course License

Online Course Access For Large Groups

Custom Programs

Work & Project-Based Learning Experiences

Consulting

Immersion Strategies

Membership

STEM Direct Youth Chamber of Commerce

Enjoy our
hybrid training experience:

Guided + Self-Paced Instruction

In-Person

  • 2-day research and theory workshop
  • 4 or 5-day demonstration
  • SIP Certified coach support
  • Strategy exercises, variations, and more!

Online

  • Become a SIP Certified Instructor in less than 6 weeks
  • 40+ videos of instruction
  • Video library of STEAM professionals classroom sessions & Industry Chats
  • Complete the course on your own time & pace.

Join our Growing List of Community Partners
Start Your Own Community On Demand™ Pilot Program!

All over the country, educators, legislators and law enforcement officers are asking, “What are we to do with marginalized and alienated youth in urban areas?” Community On Demand is the answer!
Chike Akua, Ph.D., Author
“Education for Transformation: The Keys to Releasing the Genius of African American Students” Teacher Transformation Institute MyTeacherTransformation.com www.DrAkua.net
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