View our stories from students, partner schools, mentors & our program.


Next One Up (NOU) engages ‘high-risk’ middle and high school students confronting significant barriers to achievement by providing long term mentoring and coaching on the field and in the classroom. NOU’s 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.  Our year-round, multi-year services are unparalleled in their depth and breadth. All services align with our mission of “transforming the lives of young men in Baltimore City by supporting and advancing their academic, athletic and social development.”



Archbishop Curley '18
Football, Lacrosse

Patterson High School '16
Football, Lacrosse

Calvert Hall College High School '19
Football, Wrestling, Lacrosse


Patterson High School '15
Hobart College '19
Football, Track

Cristo Rey Jesuit '14
Goucher College '18
Lacrosse, Basketball

Cristo Rey '13
Morgan State University '17
at TEDxBaltimore 2014


Partner schools

Megan Hall
KIPP Elementary and Middle School
Director of KIPP Through College

Nick Brownlee
Archbishop Curley High School
Director of Admissions



Makedo Wasseh
Mentor Since 2014
University of Rochester '04


Our Program

Dear Baltimore
Extended trailer

Dear Baltimore

Next One Up

Next One Up
Mini documentary