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Leadership & Skills Development Program

Since 2008, The NEXT Steps Youth Entrepreneur Program (501c3) has served as a nonprofit workforce intermediary specializing in experiential learning through community engagement activities.  We also utilize interconnected, project-based learning courses, workshops, programs and innovative learning tools (manipulatives) to help learners of all ages strengthen their critical thinking, critical reasoning, and creative problem-solving skills to demonstrate life readiness for college, career, business & community reinvestment.

Our Innovative Learning Tools

Game Set

5 Components

Online Courses

Activity Guides & Toolkits

Certifications

STEAM Investigative Process

Workshops

& Training Events

Course License

Unlimited Number of Enrolled Students

Programs

Experiential Service Learning Projects

Consulting

Guided Instruction & Business Support Services

Membership

Join our Youth Chamber of Commerce

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"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

Our Innovative Learning Tools

A game-based platform for skills self-assessments, online learning & building community

Game Set

5 Components

Online Courses

Activity Guides & Toolkits

Certifications

STEAM Investigative Process

Workshops

& Training Events

Course License

Unlimited Number of Enrolled Students

Programs

Experiential Service Learning Projects

Consulting

Guided Instruction & Business Support Services

Membership

Join our Youth Chamber of Commerce

Game Set

Use the fun of a card game to inspire learning and calls to action

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Online Courses

eLearning courses that provide readiness for college, career, business and community reinvestment

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SIP Certification

Gain experiential learning credits for leadership development, critical thinking and problem solving

Learn more

Our Learning Tools & Activities
Meet National Employability Skills Development Requirements Established by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE)

Over 0 Game Sets Sold & Donated!

Standards

Meets US CTE Course Standard #1

1,000+

6-12th grade students engaged

10-35%

Immediate gains in skills identification

750+

Game sets sold and donated to date

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

August 2020. During COVID, 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

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Centennial High School | Fulton County, GA

Evidence-based data

Average percentage increases in skill awareness using the Community On Demand™ (CoD) interactive skills self-assessment card game and worksheet

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10-12th Graders

FCCLA CTSO

0

Minutes/Class

5 Classes

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Avg # Skills

Before CoD™

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Avg # Skills

After CoD™

Achievement Domains

5/5 Skills

0%

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 Experiential Learning Platform

Our powerful platform helps users become active participants in their own growth and development.

COURSES & COMMUNITY

Enjoy our
hybrid learning experiences:

Guided + Self-Paced Instruction

In-Person

  • 2-day research and theory workshops
  • 4 or 5-day demonstrations
  • 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.

Through Community On Demand™, Dana has been able to create a pathway to hope for youth that feel they are lost and are looking for a way to get their lives back on track.
John Reed, III
Program Director, Eagles Economic CDC
John occupies much of his time as chief curator and developer of STEM programming in his capacity as Program Director of Summit Educational Services, the education arm of the Eagles Economic Community Development Corp

Let Us Help Develop Your
Leadership Development Plan

Start Your Own 2-4 Year Pilot Program

Our Train-The-Trainer Professional Development Workshops provide step-by-step instructions on how to use our learning tools and materials so you can seamlessly integrate Community On Demand™ into your new or existing curriculum and training programs

Use our tools to strengthen your local learning ecosystem

Game Set

Use the fun of a card game to inspire learning and calls to action

Online Courses

eLearning courses that provide readiness for college, career, business and community reinvestment

SIP Certification

Gain experiential learning credits for leadership development, critical thinking and problem solving