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Leadership & Skills Development Programs

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 courses, workshops, programs and innovative learning tools (manipulatives) that transform critical thinking, critical reasoning and life skills into readiness skills for college, career, business & community reinvestment.

Standards

Meets US CTE Course Standard #1

5,000+

6-12th grade students engaged

80%

Immediate gains in skills identification

500+

Over 500 game sets sold to date

Our Learning Tools & Activities
Deliver National K-12 CTAE Course Standard #1
For Employability Skills Development & Improved Performance On Standardized Tests

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

Model work readiness traits required for success in the workplace including integrity, honesty, accountability, punctuality, time management, and respect for diversity.

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

Community On Demand Game Set

Money Guide for Young Entrepreneurs Activity Workbook

NEXT Steps Online Training Academy

Over 0 Game Sets Sold & Donated

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 PROGRAM

The STEM Direct Youth Chamber of Commerce

We simply meet you where you are!

Create Your Leadership VIP

DEVELOP YOUR LEADERSHIP VALUES & IDENTITY PROFILE TODAY!

Our leadership development and skill-building courses are rooted in financial literacy, digital technologies, entertainment, entrepreneurship and economics to help you maximize engagement between all community stakeholders, create highly efficient and optimized learning ecosystems, and take full advantage of career-building opportunities.

Students (Ages 11-24)
Leadership 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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Educators & Instructors
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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Nonprofits & Community-Based Groups
Community Development

We help government agencies, community groups and nonprofit organizations 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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Local Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs
Business Development

We offer local small businesses and entrepreneurs 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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Mrs. Hinchberger gives her top 10 ways that she uses Community On Demand™ in her classroom.

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
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NEW! CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

The STEAM Investigative Process

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

Earn An SIP Certification

CRITICAL THINKING  •  TEAM BUILDING •  PROBLEM-SOLVING

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

SIP Scholars
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We use The Money Guide for Young Entrepreneurs Activity Workbook, Toolkit & Online Courses to help learners 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™ Learning Management System 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 help community stakeholders create Pop Shop Studio Marketplaces and community development programs to leverage project & work-based learning experiences that address, reduce, and/or eliminate the negative impact of local socio-economic conditions and facilitate early investment in the development of a highly skilled local constituency.

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

OUR CREATIVE ECONOMY

The Community On Demand™ Immersion Process

For new & existing training programs

Flexible, Blended-Learning Employment Solutions

CORE/COURSE STANDARDS • AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS • CAREER DEVELOPMENT

We offer business support services that take clients through our four part immersion process in order to successfully integrate Community On Demand™ into new and existing curricula, after school programs, extracurricular 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.

Virtual Connections Mentoring & Career Mapping Platform

The Community On Demand™ Virtual Connections Mentoring & Career Mapping Platform connects educators and learners with a digital media network of industry professionals that bring real-world relevance to the skills development experiences.

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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?

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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 & Virtual Connections Sponsorships

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 Early Adopters!
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RECEIVE UP TO 50% DISCOUNT ON TRAINING MATERIALS

Join our 2-Year case study initiative to help us collect evidence-based data that verifies the amazing results Community On Demand™ is currently producing.

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