Serving Families & Communities Since 2008
In order to reduce the negative impact of poverty, the NEXT Steps Small Business Incubator & Youth Entrepreneur Program invented Community On Demand to help disenfranchised individuals gain the life and high-demand STEAM skills needed to create, secure and retain employment opportunities within their local communities.
Meet The Founder
DANA JEWEL HARRIS
Dana Jewel Harris has over 8 years’ experience in U.S. Military Operations as a Logistics Specialist and 25 years’ experience in corporate and nonprofit C-Level administration. She has had solid career experiences in the real estate, entertainment, food services, marketing & advertising, construction, government, corporate and non-profit industries. Her specialties are in project management, strategic planning, program design, community outreach, event management, fundraising, and C-Level executive administration.
She has served in significant administrative and leadership roles that procured $7mm-$2.4billion in revenue, sales and/or start-up capital and has provided administrative production for eight multi-platinum and gold R&B recording projects ($8MM). In 2008, she founded The NEXT Steps Youth Entrepreneur Program and raised over $450,000 in donations, grants, cash, and inventory (i.e., assets, property, and equipment valued over $100K) through her Atwood Community Garden & Urban Farm Park.
In 1996, Ms. Harris invented her signature Community Involvement Growth Strategy (CIGS) organizational development model based on the skills she gained from the military and her job as A&R Administrator at LaFace Records. In 2008, she expanded the application of her CIGS model to STEAM education and urban farming which led to the creation of her capacity-building design tool called The ATWOOD Model.
In 2012, the success of her SWOOM farmers market and the introduction to micro-credentialing inspired the first prototype for her Digital Badge & Skillcoin Rewards System™ and the launch of The NEXT Steps Small Business Incubator. Just four years later, she drew inspiration from Ric Mathis’ Black Friday Film Series to author “The Money Guide for Young Entrepreneurs”, the “Community On Demand STEAM Education & Life Skills Training Manual” and develop the Community On Demand STEAM Education & Life Skills card game.
Ms. Harris is currently using her products and service lines as teaching tools to help learners of all ages increase and apply up to 63 STEAM skills to secure employment and business opportunities within their local neighborhoods and communities. She is the recipient of multiple awards and a Mayoral Proclamation for outstanding performance and production of deliverables.
Ms. Harris holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management & Administration from American InterContinental University (Magna Cum Laude).
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A Message From The Author
Hear the incredible story of Dana Jewel Harris and how the loss of her beloved 4-acre farm in West End, Atlanta, GA helped her create The Community On Demand Trading Card Game, her Digital Badge Skillcoin Rewards System™ and “The Money Guide for Young Entrepreneurs” Activity Workbook.
She is currently hosting Community On Demand “Play Dates” around the country. Book her now for your next conference, workshop, professional development or classroom training event. We work with all budgets!