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

  • 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

  • Long-Term Mentoring

  • College counseling and support for first generation college goers

  • Workforce development

  • Job placement

  • Program members become our program mentors


Young African American boys taking a test

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.

Programming

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


KEY Outcomes

  • 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


Our Team

Matt Hanna

Founder, Executive Director

JAMES FIORE

Chief Program Officer

Shel Simon

Program Director

WINFIELD HOPKINS V

Associate Program Director
Program Alum

Charlotte Owsianny

Director of Development

 

Kim Tortolani

School Choice Director

Danielle Kasemeyer

Administrative Assistant

Mavis Jackson

College Placement and Support

Christine Hryzak

Academic Coordinator, Summer Program Director

 

Board of directors

RYAN POTTER, ESQ

Board Chair
Partner at Gallagher, Evelius and Jones, LLP

 

CHRISTOPHER M. STEER, ESQ.

Partner & Managing Director, SHIFT

 

MATT WYSKIEL

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)