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NEXT Steps Youth Entrepreneur Program
After orientation, may work from school or home
Posted: September 27 2015
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DescriptionWhat if you had the opportunity to be on a show like The Apprentice? Would you be willing to help launch and raise funds for a non-profit organization like Junior Achievement, 4-H or Hands On Atlanta?
Last year, Junior Achievement reached 4.5 million students in 116 countries and raked in over $27 million. I've created a model that has positioned my non-profit organization – The NEXT Steps Youth Entrepreneur Program (www.nextstepsyep.org – to have the same impact within the next 12-18 months. Since 2008, I've had some major successes (and setbacks) in building my non-profit from the ground up. I've helped over 50 organizations fulfill their missions and have raised over $450K in donated items, cash and services from thousands of folks across the country! (Woot, woot). And now, 8 years later, I've finally reached the point where it's time to scale up my model. I just can't do this alone!
What We Do
The NEXT Steps Youth Entrepreneur Program develops Community Involvement Growth Strategies (community engagement infrastructure models) to help private, public and charter school districts – Accountable Care Communities -- integrate programming that meets federal requirements of Title I School-Parent Involvement Policies and increase student achievement in STEM++ education and vocational training among at-risk, underserved and disconnected youth.
First I created the NEXT Steps Partners In Education (NSPIE) Program so that businesses, organizations, and individuals would have the opportunity to provide enhanced educational and cooperative efforts in delivering STEM++ education and training. My goal has always been to benefit students and the communities in which they live and support. Through NSPIE, I help define community partnerships by creating options for them to serve as STEM++ Technical Mentors and "investors". This give kids face time with real local heroes, helps seed incredible youth ideas and products, and provide relevant, real-world solutions where we can increase student achievement through STEM++ applications.
Then I created our Digital Badges & Skillcoins Rewards System to further engage NSPIE Partners. When they create custom digital badges and assign values (skillcoins) to them they help seed STEM++ educational programs and activities within their Accountable Care Communities. NSPIE Partners work with our Junior Executive Management (JEM) Teams to customize their digital badge and program them with requirements to ensure earners gain valuable and marketable STEM++ skills that address local socio-economic issues.
NOTE: As an incentive, JEM Teams earn 25% of the revenue they bring in from the digital badge fundraiser as their salary. More details provided during orientation.
ResponsibilitiesNEXT Steps JEM Team members will have the opportunity to create robust and market leading events to strengthen their STEM++ skills (technical and soft skills) and increases their on-the-job training experiences in project management, business development, marketing and sales, customer service, and corporate finance. As an intern, your work will help capture and report research data regarding the impact our Community Involvement Growth Strategy (CIGS Model) has on policy and practice of our community engagement infrastructure within Title I School Districts. Funds generated from the collection and sale of this data will help sustain NEXT Steps programming. It will also allow our organization to serve as a significant contributor and authority in providing actionable key research, program, and policy strategies that improve resiliency through rebuilding low-income households and neighborhoods.
You will also receive and then begin coordinating and teaching leadership training activities within our Accountable Care Communities. This means teaching at-risk, underserved and disconnected youth how to create and coordinate community-based service learning projects and special events. Their participation in NEXT Steps programming will allow them to earn digital badges and funding for their projects.
Team Positions include:
• General Management
• Network Services
• Team Operations (i.e., Human Resources)
• Workshops & Special Events
• Communications & Distribution
RequirementsIn order to make this work, I need to surround myself with visionaries that love to have fun, document their work, and inspire others to discover their own level of greatness -- even if they may be in at-risk, underserved or disconnected environments. Sometimes, that may mean going to a park, a school or a subdivision and teaching stakeholders (kids, young adults, parents, families, non-profit organizations, and local businesses) how to design some cool walking trails for geocaching, fitness walks or outdoor recreational and educational activity stations. It may also mean demonstrating how using a drone to take an aerial shot of a dilapidated subdivision or small business district can help create a living maps ibeacon marketing strategy or help get it cleaned up to bring more traffic and revenue into the area. That's the kind of cool educational stuff I have been doing and want to keep doing for the communities I serve!
Here are some must haves:
• Computer savvy and big on social media
• Curious and interested in learning the difference between and managing “how” people and “why” people
• Nice, friendly, and bold enough to tell and handle your own truth (it's an integrity thing)
• Mobile and comfortable with working on a virtual platform
• Flexible within a set amount of dedicated hours you are willing to provide
• Able to think quickly on your feet, have a great imagination, and have the patience to observe a situation in order to assess, address and solve a problem
• Cool under pressure (although it's okay to freak out every now and then so long as it is temporary and not counterproductive towards the team's ability to accomplish our mission.)
• Make your training relevant so NEXT steps becomes a significant text-to-world resource for your major/minor
• Respect and do not steal anything I share with you. There are some rules of engagement but for the most part, NEXT Steps exists to launch the projects and ventures of young people so feel free to bring your ideas to the table.
• Be drug and smoke free. Our target market requires us to be around children of all ages which may, at times, require a criminal and background check.