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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Leadership Development, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Challenge and Empower the NextGeneration to Create Lives of Authenticity, Abundance and Altruism. The NextGen Academy was created to inspire and develop a new generation of leaders - leaders that could not only affect progressive change throughout their respective communities, but who also embodied the principles of compassion, altruism, and love. Through a rigorous training curriculum and leading autonomous projects, our participants develop the skills and capabilities to design, develop and implement their own unique contributions to the betterment of society. Our unique training empowers youth to not only have a vision, but also guides them through working with a team to make that vision happen, all while having fun doing it. Everything we do has two guiding principles. The first is the impact to the communities we serve. NGA serves both domestically and abroad by creating a sustainable difference though education programs, community projects and partnerships with local businesses. The second is the impact to our participants. Can you imagine spending months planning, fundraising and dreaming of your own volunteer project in Rwanda? At 19? As part of the full-year program, participants are trained in all the required skills to fully design, fund, and implement their own service projects and educational programs. Teams are then sent across the globe to implement the very projects they designed. Impassioned with a desire to serve others, many of our alumni continue beyond the program to create sustainable impact in communities and pursue improvements in health, social empowerment and education.

Programs: From september 2013 until august 2014, nextgen academy (nga) accepted 28 new participants in the full year leadership training program. We also had 16 volunteer interns who help run the program. Through over 80 days of education and approximately 100 days of service work and fundraising training, participants learn to lead their lives and offer real-world benefit to thousands that they serve, both locally and internationally. Nga accomplishments:momentum trainingthe momentum training series is an anti-bullying program that our participants lead in high schools and middle schools in california. The workshops include hands-on, participatory exercises that gives students a chance to practice leadership skills, develop self-awareness, self-confidence, compassion for others, and team building in an open, free atmosphere with their peers. In feb/march, 5 teams (of 4 or 5 each) brought this transformational program to over 30 us high schools, reaching over 4000 students and teachers. Service projects in africa:in feb/march, 8 teams of (3 or 4 each) traveled to 4 developing countries in africa (south africa, botswana, malawi and zambia) to develop projects and to and continue previously established projects. Along with teaching character education programs in in each of these nations to dozens of schools and communities, serving over 10,000 students, our teams built projects in: botswana - finished construction of a daycare, as well as built a chicken coop and organic garden to support the spring of life foundation. Malawi - finished building one room of a school/community hall and established a system for a more economical cooking stove for rural areas. South africa - helped establish and build a daycare in impoverished soweto. Established a library in a rural village school - building shelves and stocking with books zambia - established a character education club at a lusaka high school. Funded and constructed/repaired a private high school and established an nga club for character buildinga profound impact of our overseas service work is on the participants themselves. Several have chosen to return to africa or to serve in other developing nations after their experience and most have a heightened sense of gratitude for their conditions and living standard here in the us. Our 2nd year interns also served for 3 weeks to philippines to offer their help in rebuilding areas hit by flooding and the typhoon haiyan. Summer challenge:the full year participants are given the task to create a one-month program that is representative of their full year experience and to offer it to 16-19 year old students. Each participant was challenged to take ownership of their lives, practice being a leader, encouraged to solve issues at home, investigate their goals for their life and are given tools to develop them. This year, the 28 team members signed up 21 summer challenge participants who embarked on a road-trip adventure along the west coast of the us. They participated in various personal development workshops, service projects, and fundraising campaigns. Nextgen trainingsover 130 people attended ignite, our one-week high-impact experiential camps held three times in the summer. Through ignite, participants challenge their fears and build confidence through an exploration of their personal objectives and the obstacles in their way. Previous participants and nga alumni eagerly returned as volunteer leaders to help others experience this.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Laura183

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The two years I spent volunteering with NGA (2007-2009) completely altered my perspective of the world the incredible capacity I have to impact it. On my first year of the program we had several educational workshops designed to help us explore our own lives and faith with the element of adventure and enjoying the environment around us. That year we spent months planning service programs in southeast Asia as well as raised all the money for the travel. The second year of the program I helped to coordinate programs in Africa. Within those two years, my life was transformed from the confidence I developed, the deeper relationships I created with my parents and family members, and the inspiration I experienced to go on to study international relations at American University and continue to work hard to bring about positive change, especially by empowering the most vulnerably people in society.

1

Former staff

Rating: 5

Wow definitely five stars for this one. I've been working with this non-profit for almost three years, and it has been a life changing experience! Literally my life has been changed. My relationship with my family, my friends, and especially myself has improved dramatically, and I've gained valuable leadership experience. The amount of love and dedication from this program is like no where else. They put on quality service projects overseas in countries of Africa and Asia, as well as antibullying projects in middle schools and high schools! I know there are other non-profits doing great things, but NextGen Academy is a non-profit that I can completely trust to transform and enhance people's lives.

1 Anna102

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gave me the tools and experiences to make a better future

6 Christina110

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing program that allows young people to take full responsibility of challenges and situations which are presented to them. As a recent volunteer of NextGen Academy, I have been places and done things that, in the past, I would not have done due to my own fears and hesitation. I have gained a considerable sense of confidence and courage through being on this program, as well as tools and education to help improve relationships in my life. Assignments and projects involve volunteers to make steps within themselves to take responsibility and apply it in real-world situations. It helped me to discover that I am free to live the life I dream of, and that is absolutely precious to me.

Review from Guidestar

4

Client Served

Rating: 1

The main reason I am writing a review is because I feel responsible to let any prospective NGA'ers families know my experience with my sister being on this program( she is currently on the program this year 2014- 2015). This year on NGA, youth and minors were out fundraising over night, sometimes several nights in a row. My family and I were surprised by this news-- we called NGA headquarters right away upon hearing it and a curfew of 11 PM was then instilled. Since then, we heard back from my sister that the curfew was broken several times.

We had hoped that it was an isolated event but we heard from another parent on NGA that the curfew for fundraising has changed by the founder to 2 AM on weekends. Since the change came about without our knowing, we began informing other parents, many of whom had no idea this was going on.

After speaking with a few past NGA parents, I have found that each year the curfew, along with young drivers has been issue that has been needed to be addressed. Here are the issues that I've learned only through regular phone calls to my sister, her captain, the director/founder, and past NGA parents:

1) Drivers/Captains are in their teens to early twenties and are driving vans all hours of the night. According to parents of NGA in the past, some vans were not up to safety standards i.e. did not have functional seat belts. NGA has given the captains the choice to make a call as to how late to drive the team, placing the kids in a difficult position to strive for a greater monetary result, and possibly disregarding risk factors – fatigue, late night bars scenes, drunken drivers, etc. This also places the team members in the awkward position of not being able to say “No” because of team peer pressure.

2.) Minors and youth this year and past years of NGA have been given "the choice" to fundraise in bars and on the street all night . This is not a choice to be given to minors (as young as 16 according to a past NGA participants).

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was part of the first class of NextGen Academy back in 2006-07. That year as changed my life completely, and helped me lay the groundwork for an amazing life since then. My life is full of purpose and passion now, and I hate to think of what my life may have been without it. And the crazy thing is that the program has improved since my time there as a volunteer.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with NGA was way beyond what I expected. I feel like the one thing that sets them apart is their level of commitment and heart in what they do. Through their workshops and programs I really gained an incredible sense of value and purpose in my life, and I don't believe I speak for myself either. Those who staff NGA have a wealth of experience and reliability. Although not perfect, just a small, relatively unknown organization with marginally sustainable finances, I have incredible faith in their mission, and that NGA will continue to grow and become the standard for excellence in the area of character education and experiential learning.

1 Ari B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent experience with this organization. The work we did blew the minds of teachers and students we helped.

Review from Guidestar