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Next Generation Focus Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Next Generation Focus' Mission is to equip the Next Generation Leaders by providing relational, financial, and educational resources.

Programs: SmarterMe - Literacy, STEAM, NGF Teens, Parent Workshop, Focus Aid, and College Application Essay Assistance.

Community Stories

168 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love tutoring with Next Generation Focus because I get to be with great and smart kids everyday. I love hearing about their days and it always puts a smile on their face when I ask about there interests. This experience has allowed me to grow my leadership skills and not only use them while teaching kids. NGF also provides great materials and resources that enables these kids to succeed in class but also sets them up for a better future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first started working with Next Generation Focus this summer and it has been an incredible experience. I loved how they were very dedicated to make sure each student was receiving the best learning experience. I have truly had an great time working with the kids because I get to be a role model and be a friend they can talk to.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tutoring with NGF has been the most rewarding experience. Getting to work with these kids and experiencing them grow as future leaders is amazing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has helped me become more involved in my community as well as create amazing connections with students. It’s truly the best experience!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love tutoring at NGF because I am given the opportunity to be a friend and mentor to these kids. Watching them become friendly and excited to learn is so rewarding, and I’m glad that I had the chance to help them grow as a student and a person!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5


I love to tutor at NGF because I have the opportunity to provide kids with supplemental education to help further their success. The kids at NGF always enthusiastic and excited to learn. I also love supporting this wonderful nonprofit organization as it is an opportunity to give back to my community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really enjoy the mutualism at NGF. As a tutor, I get to give kids in my community the academic and mental/emotional help they need in school. I also feel like tutoring has greatly improved my charisma, my verbal intelligence, and even my academic ability. At NGF, both the tutors and the kids teach each other a lot, and sometimes the kids can even teach the tutors more than the tutor can teach the kids!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tutoring with NGF is always such a joy. Every kid has such a strong and unique personality and to help them succeed is so rewarding! It’s an honor to work with such wonderful tutors and students as those in the NGF program!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been tutoring children with Next Generation Focus for around a year, and it has taught me so much, and really changed my life for the better. The organization provides so much material and resources for kids to enrich themselves outside of school. And tutoring these children has not only been to help them, but also has helped me learn more about myself each day. Seeing the children in my class became one of the best parts of my summer!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love tutoring at Next Generation Focus. I tutored virtually, and I really enjoyed teaching the children. Ms. Amy is wonderful, and she does her absolute best to fulfill her mission. She gives the best advice, and she is a pleasure to work with. I would tutor here any day. All the volunteers are a family and provide the growth these children need. Best experience ever!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been tutoring at NGF for about 6 months now and I am so happy I joined. Tutoring the kids are the highlight of my day. They are always eager to learn with smiles on their faces. Even in a couple of weeks, the kids grow tremendously and come out of their shells. It is such an immensely satisfying experience and I am so lucky to have joined such a loving community and family!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined just recently during March, and all of a sudden we were thrown into quite a messy situation with Co-vid affecting the whole teaching system. However, NGF handled the wrinkle very smoothly and we were able to provide all of our students with proper training in Reading, Writing, and Math to help them catch up in school. The whole experience was amazing, the organizers really took good care of us, and I bonded with my kids, so I am beyond proud of our organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve only been working with NGF for a few weeks, and it was my first time tutoring, but they were great about teaching new volunteers! It was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to continue!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a rising senior with dreams of becoming a pediatrician I am constantly looking for opportunities to engage with children and learn how to best communicate with them. NGF has given me the wonderful opportunity of working with these children to develop relationships and act as a role model. Not only am I enjoying my time with them and gaining experience but I am also able to contribute in some way to their future and there’s nothing better than that! - Ishita Gaikwad

Volunteer

Rating: 5

During my time as a volunteer at NGF, I learned much more than just how to tutor. The organization itself is more focused on the growth and development of the student rather than just helping them with homework. I was able to help my students with their academics and studies but most importantly I was able to make connections and friendships with the my kids. NGF really opens opportunities for both the students and volunteers to grow and learn from each other.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

although i've only been working with this organization for 7 months, i have seen the immense effort which the leads and all the volunteers put into their work with the kids. i truly enjoyed working with the children under the supervision of the most hardworking teachers i've ever met.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered just an hour for four days a week teach kindergarten kids. It was super rewarding getting to see kids learn.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As someone who has volunteered for NGF for four years I am truly lucky to be a part of such an impactful organization! Seeing these children reach their goals and grow is such a rewarding experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first time tutoring students and I would not trade this experience for anything. It was so insightful and fulfilling to see students become confident, comfortable, and learn new things! What started as a tutoring experience during the COVID-19 crisis has turned into a wonderful experience and I am so glad that I was able to be a part of something that is much bigger than myself and that allowed me to give back to the community around me!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just finished up my 6th year volunteering for NGF, and I wouldn’t trade a single second for anything else. We are able to bring so much positivity into the kids’ lives by motivating them to learn, offering our friendship and support, and providing them every opportunity for success. It is truly such a rewarding experience. Although I am about to go to college, I really wanted to help out during the COVID-19 crisis as it disproportionately affects the NGF kids’ learning. What started as a few tutors on a Google Meets call with a couple dozen students, turned into a very large and successful online program and my most memorable summer with NGF. I love how the culture among the volunteers involves always putting our kids first by thinking of ways to make their classes more engaging or using our spare time to create helpful lessons for them. I’m excited to see how NGF continues to grow, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to serve all of our kids!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with NGF during my freshman year, and it has been one of the best experiences of my life! The passion and positivity that Ms. Amy and all the incredible tutors put into this program are manifested in every aspect. It is so so rewarding to see these hardworking kids not only learn to excel in the schoolwork, but they also build their confidence and discover learning from a new perspective. Through individual tutoring uniquely tailored to each student, they grow and improve rapidly. These kids are so sweet and perseverant, and it makes me proud to be even a small part of their journey!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just started volunteering with NGF and I can honestly say that this is one of the best things I’ve ever done. I’ve had so much fun teaching my students and the leadership of this organization is one of the best I’ve ever seen.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at NGF for about 2 years now and it is the best organization I have been apart of. Not only do we get the chance to create relationships with the wonderful students we help, but NGF builds a relationship between the volunteers and advisors. This organization has inspired me to go into pediatrics :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They have helped me discovered my passion for helping people. Also, they gave me so many friends and memories to cherish!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with this organization for over 2 years now and seen the passion and dedication that is put into helping these students. Kids learn so much through a variety of engaging activities and grow as people as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love NGF and how it helped me develop my communication skills. I loved working with the kids over summer!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer and a tutor, I’ve learned so much about working with kids. Not only do you get to form an amazing bond with those you are working with, but you also work with a non profit organization that does a lot of good.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The ability to help and engage kids in learning has been such a great experience. Next Generation Focus makes sure that their tutors are always prepped and ready to help their students, and they have provided tutors with so many resources! All the kids are so sweet and always eager to learn, and I’m so excited to continue tutoring for them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NGF has been a wonderful volunteer opportunity. The students are all very eager to learn, and teaching them is truly an amazing experience. NGF provides tutors with a variety materials to keep students engaged in class, while also encouraging tutors to explore creative methods of teaching. Next Generation Focus is also well-organized and all meetings/events are planned well in advance.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Next Generation Focus has become one of my favorite parts of my day! The kids are so sweet and ready to learn, even if it is virtually. The coordination and communication throughout this organization is amazing, so leaders, tutors, parents, and students are always on the same page. This allows for efficiency and a positive experience for everyone!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had a wonderful experience with this organization so far. As a volunteer who is knew to the organization, I originally didn’t know what to suspect, but as I’ve gotten more involved, I know this organization is one of the most impactful and significant organizations I have ever seen. Seeing how much of an impact my volunteers and I make on these children and their communities is amazing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great nonprofit! Really felt a sense of joy when working with the kids, and the other volunteers are so happy to help as well.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been going to Saturday tutoring for the last 5 years! She loves going to work in her school assignments. The team is amazing! I recommend this organization for any tutoring needs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is by far one of the best organizations that I have worked with, and the impact that I as a volunteer have on the community is very heartwarming to see. I help students who need an extra bit of help at school to succeed in their education and I watch these kids grow from struggling to successful. I know that when I help these kids and see their smiles that this organization is doing something right.

Jennifer Nelson C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I wish I could share a video...it is one of our kindergarteners adding using manipulative. He is so engaged and trying hard!

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I believe in the work being done through Next Generation Focus. We are so glad this organization exists to invest in the lives of children at a critical crossroad in their age, education and development. We know Next Generation Focus is changing lives and those lives will be enriched and will enrich the lives of so many!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my 6th year tutoring for NGF, and it is truly one of the best experiences one can have. The profound impact of this organization on the kids paired with the life-changing skills and experiences that tutors gain truly make NGF one of the most important organizations in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering at NGF for 2 years and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had. The growth of students I’ve witnessed is amazing and I’ve loved being a part of the organization. The program is very well organized to focus on each student’s specific needs and helps each child maximize their potential.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at Next Generation Focus for about a year now and I had had so many great experiences working with the kids. The organization does so much to individually help each student in the areas they are struggling. Seeing the students grow and progress in their academic skills is such a rewarding experience for me and I am so happy that I am a volunteer at Next Generation Focus and get to experience it. Next Generation Focus has helped so many kids and is such a positive place to volunteer because you get to see how well the kids are growing both academically and in confidence . Next Generation Focus is really special to me and has taught me so much about myself and how much I can impact my community through working with the kids.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Next Generation Focus blows me away with how positive and energetic the atmosphere is. The volunteers are so hardworking and kindhearted and I truly do feel like they want the best for the kids.

Alyssa A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering for two years and I can say that we definitely feel like a family. you meet such great volunteers and kids and it’s overall such a great experience!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They do amazing work helping students develop on all levels: academically, socially and, emotionally. They are dedicated to seeing growth and celebrating successes of every student.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tutoring at Next Generation Focus has been a wonderful experience for me. I have learned so much in the process of tutoring and interacting with the kids here. I love seeing the kids open up and gain confidence in their learning. Next Generation Focus provides kids and volunteers with a live changing experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Next generation focus is an incredible organization that provide educational and creative development for students outside of school.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Next Generation Focus helps children who are struggling in school by offering reduced or free tutoring in the afternoons and Saturday. A summer program is also available. It mostly focuses on Math and Reading, but also throws in a little science activities during the Saturday program. NGF has a proven track record that shows improvement through their programs. There are several locations available in the North Atlanta area.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with Next Generation Focus and have been for over four years. NGF gives help to children that are struggling with their math, science and reading. Sometimes they get one on one tutoring. The tutors are enthusiast and are eager to help the children learn and catch up where they are behind. This non-profit is so important because children are our future!

Board Member

Rating: 5

NGF is an amazing nonprofit that has a mission that aligns with educators. They do so much for this community!! Please support them.

Barbara K.4

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is my third year with Next Generation Focus. I have witnessed children come out of their shyness to exhibiting leadership qualities by taking responsibilities such as class captain. Our class captains make sure all materials are put back in their proper places and that classrooms are cleaned up after class is over. These are small steps toward future leadership. We now offer PE and STEM classes as well as our reading, math and homework help. I am proud to be a part of this organization.

Barbara Kean
Site Coordinator
Next Generation Focus / Norcross

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy helping the kids! The program has a good curriculum for the kids so they can improve their learning skills.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been with NGF since the beginning. It's wonderful to see how it has helped so many children and their families, as well as the teens who volunteer as tutors. Volunteers have a tangible impact on the kids. You can see it in their smiles.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been with NGF since the beginning, in 2007. Over the course of 9 years, NGF has helped thousands of children and their families and provided challenging and rewarding experiences to teens. I am proud to be part of this organization ... because every child deserves a chance!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent tutors that work with amazing children!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a teen who tutors elementary school students here. I have taught kids for the last two years, and the look on their faces when they finally understand a concept is really rewarding! I enjoy being part of the community by using what I have learned in school to support other local students.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Next Generation Focus is an outstanding program that largely contributes to our community in beautiful ways. Not only are the kids genuinely excited to be there and learn, but the tutors and adults all also love volunteering and teaching as well. NGF plans activities that allow the children to maximize their learning experience through education arts and crafts and STEM activities that call for real-life application.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and son have been volunteering at NGF for over a year now. They enjoy it so much they persuaded me to join them so now we volunteer there as a family. It is really wonderful to see the children grow and learn. I volunteer as an ESOL teacher for the parents of the students. I enjoy seeing their bright and eager faces every Saturday, ready to learn. The staff and volunteers at NGF are passionate and caring, and foster a warm and loving environment for both the students and their parents. They do a terrific job!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with NGF with my daughter over the summer was such a special experience. Next generation focus and its volunteers have such big hearts and are changing lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love tutoring with Next Generation Focus. I always look forward to it and I get so much joy out of seeing the kids I tutor blossom into understanding and confidence of their abilities. I love the relationships I have formed, and the excitement on the students faces when they finally understand a challenging subject. I've grown in confidence, patience, understanding and creativity through NGF, which will help me in my years to come.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Next Generation Focus in early 2018. I had no teaching experience (my background in business is HR and Payroll) but was retired and wanted to serve the community that is served by my Church. I felt I could help students with their reading homework and get to know them and their families. I helped the Director during the summer school program and the work required when the organization received a grant for the upcoming fall school program. I am now the Site Coordinator at our Norcross location performing office duties, along with greeting students, teachers and teen volunteers.We offer a safe learning location for our students. I also participate in classes when needed and have learned a lot about children who are our future and deserve every opportunity our community can offer them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NGF has given me absolutely wonderful and endless opportunities to help me reach my dream of becoming an elementary school teacher. Not only have I been able to get experience teaching children, but I also now get the opportunity to bring NGF to Athens and tutor the children in my area. My love for this program is never ending!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first decided to be active in this nonprofit I did not know what to expect. However, I did know that I wanted to help my community and visually see the help I was giving and how it would impact others. This organization is amazing and has given me a whole new understanding of the children in my community. Through Next Generation Focus, I have been given an amazing opportunity of be a part of something that makes a difference in childrens’ lives. My experiences showed me that no matter how big the difference is it matters. Working with underprivileged kids as well as those that are struggling in school was so inspiring and it made the children feel as if they were supported and had a community no matter what their circumstances were. I am so grateful to have made the decision to participate and be a part of this strong organization and hope that it grows bigger so more teens can gain the experience I got and more children can get help!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a tutor at NGF for almost a year now and I haven’t seen a nonprofit with so much dedication to their kids and their tutors. When people ask me where do I go almost everyday I can’t help but brag that I’m a tutor at Next Generation Focus. The amount of effort that they give the kids both on the tutor and administration part just astounds me. They continue to put the students growth ahead of all else and give vital help to them to ensure their academic success. In short NGF is a great nonprofit and one that inspires me to continue to further myself.

mahi521

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Next Generation Focus as a freshman in highschool, and I am now currently in my senior year. I have seen some kids grow from fourth graders into eighth graders in that time span, and this organization has really helped them reach their full potential. A kid who was once so shy he wouldn’t read in front of a group of four kids, now goes and helps the tutors and shares the stories he writes. NGF has created an incredible space for kids and teens alike to help and learn within our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the most amazing expirience volunteering at Next Generation Focus! All the kids that we help are so sweet, and the staff members are a joy to work with. It is such a satisfying feeling when a child that has been struggling with a concept understands it with your help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love volunteering with NGF! It’s so fun to work with the kids that come to the program. Over the summer we were able to teach them as well as have fun with them. The kids got to participate in activities such as music, embroidery, drama and science for an hour every Tuesday and Thursday. They were able to have fun while learning something new every time they came!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Next Generation Focus is holding their summer session in our Church where I am a staff member. The program has exceeded our expectations with all they offer to these children who are looking to grow and improve in their educational foundation. While I have not observed the actual tutoring sessions, I have seen evidence of the teaching and have seen two outstanding programs the children have presented as a result of the tutoring sessions.
The staff are very respectful and intentional in dealing with the children as well as other staff members. The families seem to be very appreciative of the opportunity for their children and make every effort to have the children attend each session offered.
Job well done, Amy Sol and staff! Keep it up!!

Rae M.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amy does a fantastic job administering Next Gen! She is great at recruiting AND training her volunteers and her passion for the children being served by the program is so touching! Our church is blessed to be able to host Next Generation and we hope to continue for many years to come.

Terri Lea H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Next Generation Focus Inc. had done an incredible job in serving the underserved population in our community. Amy and her staff are dedicated in helping the students in our community have the opportunity to thrive in their education. All the students that come through this program show improvement not only in their grades but in their confidence as students.

Most of our families struggle just to be able to make ends meet and do not have the financial means to help get the extra curriculum support that so many of their children need. We are blessed to have Amy Sol's leadership and her incredible staff that make learning fun for the kids. The kids come in excited to begin their afternoon!

Jenny R.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NGF has been such a great organization to volunteer for. They focus on education to help kids feel confident and poised to continue their education and potentially go to college. Amy is so caring and truly wants to enrich the kid's lives and enhance the Norcross community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have recently started to volunteer at this amazing program. They focus on getting the kids to learn but in a more creative setting. The kids are always excited to see what’s next and I feel a strong connection with all the children in my class. I couldn’t be happen knowing how much of a difference this is making in the children’s lives

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am new to this program but I love it. You have the opportunity to change and to make and impact in the studentd's lives.

Charles P.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My son and I have volunteered for NGF this Fall. The staff and other volunteers are dedicated to the success of the children. The participating children are eager to learn, and my son and I feel like we are making a difference in these youngsters' lives. Of the not-for-profits that I have experience with, NGF does a great deal, with very modest resources.