MISSION: TRANSFORMING THE LIVES OF YOUNG MEN IN BALTIMORE CITY BY SUPPORTING AND ADVANCING THEIR ACADEMIC, ATHLETIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT.
Next One Up helps student athletes
OVERCOME OBSTACLES EACH DAY
Leadership development program
Tuition and soft supports
Individual and Family Counseling
Academic and special needs assessments
School visits and placement support
Weekly study sessions and tutoring
Succeed throughout the years
Weekly Academic enrichment
Custom STEM and Leadership Curricula
Athletic & Outdoors experiences
5 week summer academic program
Training and conditioning
6 hours of weekly out of school time programming
Envision a bright future
College counseling and support for first generation college goers
Program members become our program mentors
What we do
Next One Up (NOU) empowers ‘high-risk’ middle and high school students in Baltimore City
by providing long term mentoring and coaching on the field and in the classroom. Our innovative approach pushes beyond the boundaries of typical programs to make a lasting difference in our students’ lives. Our goal is to ensure that middle school students find their way to a good high school where they can truly thrive, and that they successfully graduate on a clear path to college or career.
NOU provides an unparalleled breadth and depth of services to our student athletes. We work with our participants from ages 13-24 and provide deep relationships with adults and arm our young men not only with tangible support, but with the perseverance, grit and resilience that will be the precursor of lifelong success. Over the next twelve months, NOU will serve a total of 120 young men.
NOU seeks young men with potential whose dreams can easily be derailed without the right level of support and engagement. These young men lack support at home or school. NOU’s key strength is its ability to provide assistance to young men who – despite their promise - face significant obstacles to fulfilling their potential. Risk factors include: unstable housing, lack of basic needs, incarcerated family members, addiction issues in the home, experience of significant trauma, etc.
Our results speak for themselves: 100% of participants have graduated high school and been accepted to two or four-year colleges.
All services are designed to foster growth and development within our student athletes by:
Fostering Stability: Stable participants are ready to learn and can maintain focus on current and future successes without being knocked off course by obstacles that can be easily overcome.
Identifying Interests and Passions: Passion is a key motivator and an important component for keeping students engaged and on track. It is also an important precursor for lifelong success and fulfillment.
Building Skills: Targeted enrichment opportunities promote academic success and prepare students for life beyond school as leaders in their communities and participants in a broader world.
Creating Vision: Students who can craft and maintain a clear vision of what success will look like for them are most likely to thrive despite obstacles. We work to help students create that vision and arm them with the tools to achieve that success
100% participants graduate high school on time
100% accepted into 2 or 4 year college
92% matriculate to college, others choose a trade through our established workforce partnerships
Average Length of Student Engagement: 8 years
400+ hours a year of out of school time and academic enrichment per year
Students spend over 100 hours a year on college campuses
100% of middle and high school students participate in sports
93% report that the program has made them a better leader
Founder, Executive Director
Chief Program Officer
Associate Program Director
Director of Development
School Choice Director
College Placement and Support
Academic Coordinator, Summer Program Director
Board of directors
Owner, Amy John Advisory
RYAN POTTER, ESQ
Partner at Gallagher, Evelius and Jones, LLP
CHRISTOPHER M. STEER, ESQ.
Partner & Managing Director, SHIFT
Founder & Owner of Skill Capital Management
Director of Admissions, Towson University
Senior Vice President, Redgate Properties
Director of Admissions, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Attorney at Venable, LLP
Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Johns Hopkins University
Wealth Advisor, Morgan Stanley
Vice President, Whiting-Turner
Wide Receiver, Tennessee Titans (NFL)