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

  • Individualized assistance

  • Weekly study sessions and tutoring

Succeed throughout the years

  • Weekly Academic enrichment

  • Skiing and camping experiences

  • 5 week summer academic program

  • Training and conditioning

  • 12 hours of weekly out of school time programming

Envision a bright future

  • Long-Term Mentoring

  • College counseling and support for first generation college goers

  • Workforce development

  • Job placement

  • Program members become our program mentors


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What we do

Next One Up engages ‘high-risk’ middle and high school students confronting significant barriers to achievement by providing long term mentoring and coaching in the classroom and on the field. Our innovative, multi-year programming is unparalleled in its breadth and depth.

Next One Up’s key objective is simple: to ensure that every student athlete we serve achieves his full potential. 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.

The results speak for themselves. 100% of our student-athletes have graduated high school on time and 100% have been accepted into 2- or 4- year colleges.

Next One Up serves predominately African American males living in Baltimore City. We identify young men of the highest caliber, who are considered ‘high risk’ because of their circumstances. These young men display a high level of work ethic, but have dreams that can be easily derailed. Next One Up identifies young men who have the desire to succeed, and to lead a well-rounded life; but may face significant challenges in their homes, neighborhoods or schools. We currently serve 100 young men, ranging in age from 12-24, and are constantly adapting to achieve better results for the young men we serve.

Programming

Next One Up provides mentoring and educational enrichment to students in the critical middle and high school years. As a complement, sports opportunities provide the avenue to keep student athletes actively engaged in their schoolwork and invested in their future. Students typically join the program in middle school and remain involved throughout high school and college.

Specific programmatic activities include:

  • Academic Support & Intervention: weekend and summer enrichment programming, school visits, tutoring

  • Sports Opportunities: weekend skill trainings and recreation, summer sports camps

  • Long Term Mentoring: one-on-one and group mentoring, peer-to-peer mentoring

  • High School & College Access: placement test and standardized test prep, application and admissions support, FAFSA assistance

  • Alumni Support/ Workforce Development: support for college students and workforce training for those who pursue a different path


Outcomes

  • 100% participants graduate high school on time

  • 100% accepted into 2 or 4 year college

  • 90% matriculate to college, others choose a trade through our established workforce partnerships

  • Average Length of Student Engagement: 8 years

  • 450 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


Our Team

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Matt Hanna

Founder, Executive Director
Hometown: Geneva, NY
College: Johns Hopkins University
Captain, Mens Lacrosse

 

Charlotte Owsianny

Development and Strategic Initiatives
Hometown: Mobile, AL
College: Loyola University

 

Mavis Jackson

College Placement and Support
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
College: Towson University

 
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Shel Simon

Program Director
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
College: UMUC

 

Christine Hryzak

Academic Coordinator, Summer Program Director
Hometown: Seneca Falls, NY
College: Loyola University

 

Danielle Kasemeyer

Administrative Assistant
Hometown: Corning, NY
College: Towson University

 

Kim Tortolani

School Choice Director
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
College: Princeton University

 

Board of directors

AMY JOHN

Board Chair
Owner, Amy John Advisory

 

RYAN POTTER, ESQ

Vice Chair
Partner at Gallagher, Evelius and Jones, LLP

 

CHRISTOPHER M. STEER, ESQ.

Secretary
Partner & Managing Director, SHIFT

 

MATT WYSKIEL

Treasurer
Founder & Owner of Skill Capital Management

 

DAVID FEDORCHAK

Director of Admissions, Towson University

 

katie hearn

Senior Vice President, Redgate Properties

Pat Hill

Director of Admissions, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

 

John Sunder

Attorney at Venable, LLP

 

CALVIN WISE

Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Johns Hopkins University

 

walter Hill

Wealth Advisor, Morgan Stanley

 

Jeff Jenkins

Vice President, Whiting-Turner

 

Darius Jennings

Wide Receiver, Tennessee Titans (NFL)