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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

139 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NGF is a great place with many opportunities to help children learn about subjects they may struggle with at school. NGF also gives volunteers a place to share what they know and to have a positive impact on the learning experiences of the children who come here.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my second year at Next Generation Focus, and I can say that it has been a fantastic experience. When I began to tutor at NGF I did not know what I was in for. NGF has changed me in many ways. Viewing many students struggle and having the opportunity to help them is amazing. I never thought that I would be good at tutoring, but this program has taught me how to help younger students and become a better person. I have viewed this program grow, even in the short time I have been here. I can't wait for more experiences with this program!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The experience that i have had at Next Generation Focus has changed me in a way I cant explain. Every Saturday I look forward to coming to Grace Chapel and working with my students. These students here struggle and its our job to help them and make learning fun. You come to the desired location and work with these kids for 2 hours. We work on math, writing, reading, and math. Its great when a student smiles when they finally get something. Like the light bulb goes off. It makes you happy to know that you can help people grow in a way that they might not have known they could. Being dyslexic, I have found strategies that help me learn and so i have other strategies that might help others. For instance, I have worked with two special needs people while here at NGF, when I first started working with these students, it was hard to get them motivated to work. For each student, I had t find something that got them motivated to do something whether it was math , writing, or reading. For my current student, I reward him for working really hard by making him a shriky dink. For example, he wrote an awesome story about Pokemon and even finished it up at home. Some weeks are better than others but the tutors always find a way to help their students get motivated and have a fun time too. New tutors that come have the opportunity to share their strategies and tips because not one thing works for everyone. Next Generation Focus is a great non profit organization that I am so happy I am a part of.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NGF holds such a special place in my heart. Every time I come here, I feel like the kids are the ones teaching me to be a better person, not the other way around. I love the look of excited pride they make whenever they finally figure out a problem. Every kid is so funny, sweet, and overall just amazing in their own special way. I would not miss NGF for the world; this non-profit really makes a difference in their students' lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with this organization for six years and I have loved every second of it! We really care about the students and their lives outside of school. I think this program really affects the students ability to learn and remember. Next Generation Focus is a great program that's always here to help!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is truly out to help the children. We not only teach them the skills they will need to pass their classes at school, but also beneficial life lessons that they will carry their entire lives. Altogether, we celebrate all their successes and learn from all their failures while encouraging exploration of the world around them to help them reach their full potential.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have had the blessing of hosting NGF at Norcross for the past 2 1/2 years. This ministry has been a blessing to so many children and families in our neighborhood who are struggling with school and unable to afford private tutors.

Seeing the glow on students faces as they become more confident in their studies and see there grades climb upward has been awesome!

Amy and her staff are amazing in how they are able to individualize the needs of each student. This program has had a huge impact for the students and families in our area.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working at NGF. The program does an excellent job at supporting students who need the extra help in their learning. I am proud to be a memeber of the NGF team!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a teacher with NGF. I love the dedication that is offered to students who need support with school. The staff works very hard to connect with the children and provide them with a warm, inviting, and supportive environment that helps them strengthen their skills. I love how lessons are adapted to meet the needs of each individual child!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love to volunteer at NGF. The children and other tutors are fantabulous!! It’s a wonderful program!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Next Generation Focus for close to three years. I absolutely love the kids I tutor and the tutors I work with. It never fails to brighten my day when I see a child’s face light up with excitement when they learn something new or understand a concept. Next Generation Focus is truly unique in their program and support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Next Generation Focus is a fantastic nonprofit that I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with. Everyone there truly cares about the kids and making sure that they get a great education while making friends in a safe environment. Big things, and good things, are happening at NGF.

Izabel P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past year I’ve volunteered with NGF in Norcross area. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Seeing how eager they are to learn new things and how their face lights up when they finally get it is priceless. We all work together to make sure that the environment is upbeat and loving. I am proud to be part of this organization and giving back to the community I grew up in.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started my first experience in working with NGF this past summer, and it has enhanced my perspective on dealing with not only children, but others in general. Helping the kids with anything from arts and crafts to mathematics is indubitably a rewarding and fulfilling experience for me. I look forward to creating opportunities within this organization and excited to meet new people.

royal.ortiz

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm proud to say that I'm a volunteer for the SmarterMe program. The atmosphere here is welcoming and supportive as every child is made a priority. Being here is a joy with the children as we explore new learning techniques and activities to further their learning.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Volunteer at SmarterMe and highly enjoy to interact with our kids every tutoring session! We all connect and learn various qualities about eachother. SmarterMe benefits the kids in a learning and social environment. SmarterMe is an amazing experience for anyone!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I direct a Next Generation Focus SmarterMe homework club at our local church. We help students complete their homework for the week and practice their math and reading skills. I feel the children greatly benefit from the casual and social environment. Our volunteers are patient and look forward to spending time each week with the students.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering at Next Generation Focus. It has been such a wonderful experience to see the children smile and laugh. They love coming here and so do I and I'm glad this is here for me to take part of!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at NGF for about a month and a half and I love it! I have so much fun tutoring and look foreward to it each week!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such an amazing organization! I love volunteering here because it's so fun and rewarding. Seeing all the kids excited to learn is so awesome!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy volunteering at Next Generation Focus! It's such a joy to see all of the smiling faces and seeing the kids progress throughout the year. It's so rewarding!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with NGF since the summer of my junior year, and it easily one of the most valuable experiences of my high school career. The students tutored by NGF need the academic support provided by the dedicated volunteers and are truly willing to learn. Helping a child struggle through a task and seeing them excel is beyond humbling. NGF is full of passionate and driven people who really make a difference in the lives of children in the community by giving them the tools and support they need to succeed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NGF is an amazing opportunity for students to get the help they need to succeed. Individual assessments, individual lesson plans and one on one tutoring set this program apart from others. These children might get lost in the numbers without the extra attention they get at NGF.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the past years I have been volunteering at different places, I found immense gratification in being able to contribute to local communities. My involvement in NGF has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. NGF is a wonderful organization that helps kids who struggle in school. Everyone in this organization works hard to make sure all the kids get the help they need. They are caring and compassionate, and I think that’s why every kid enjoys coming to the program. I have witnessed their progress in both math and reading. I am so grateful to be a part of this amazing non-profit organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently a junior in high school, and I have been volunteering at Next Generation Focus since my sophomore year. NGF is truly amazing in that this organization has been helping students gain a valuable education that they might be lacking in a typical school setting. Being from an educated family, volunteering at NGF has given me the opportunity to give back to those less fortunate through a medium that will impact these unfortunate children for the rest of their lives. NGF is, in the truest sense, an educational support system for these students.

4 LucieNguyen

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an aspiring educator, this program has given me opportunities to realize my potential. I believe that this program is impactful on the younger generations. It creates paths for students to believe in themselves "because every child deserves a chance."

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Next Generation Focus for 4 years. I began as a sophomore in high school. I am currently a full-time college student majoring in Early Childhood Education.

Next Generation Focus has allowed me to flourish as an individual by providing multiple opportunities for me. I absolutely love leading classrooms and training eager volunteers. This program holds a special place in my heart and I am always excited to help. My passion in life is to work with kids. Next Generation Focus was the perfect platform for me to realize my potential and continue to grow with the students.

Not only do I believe in the future of this organization, but the director also truly believes in all of the kids that come through this program. You can see the passion of every person that volunteers. A successful organization is one that believes in the same dream.

“Educating all of our children must be one of our most urgent priorities. We all know that education, more than anything else, improves our chances of building better lives.”- Nelson Mandela

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Julie283

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NGF is a wonderful organization! My teens have been volunteering as tutors for months now. It's great experience for them and they love working with the children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Next Generation Focus is an amazing experience. It's very fun spending time with these kids and learning more about them as well as their interests. Watching them grow over time educationally can put a big smile on your face. Out of all the times I have tutored, I have never had a child that didn't want to be there and complain. They always come in ready to learn.