An Idea Is Born
The first conversations about a gender-specific program focused on exposure took place.
After several months, numerous group discussions, and dozens of interviews with students, the eventual co-founders decided to test their ideas through a summer program, using Indiegogo to raise $18,000 in support of the effort.
The 8-day, 12 student program dubbed “Pathways” successfully launched, including trips to Turner Studios, the Sun Dial, Tree Sound Studios, Team Building with Taste, and Emory University – here was the result.
NGM Is Born
After “Pathways,” the students and parents made it clear that this program needs to be bigger, better, and longer and that all students deserve these opportunities. It was at this moment that the 3 teachers decided to build an organization – and Next Generation Men was born.
Board of Directors
NGM’s co-founders were elated to sign on the first three members of their Board of Directors – Chris Thomas, Brian Sadler, and Rob Fortson – and prepare for their official launch event.
Next Generation Men launches and receives its 501(c)3 recognition.
United Way Spark Prize
NGM begins its first pilot program at Banneker High School with 12 students and teacher Austin Williams as the cohorts first coach.
NGM competes in and wins a $10,000 award as part of the first-ever United Way SPARK Prize competition.
The pilot cohort completes its spring semester and celebrates in signature red ties at their own End-of-Year Banquet.
NGM brings on its first fellow/interns in Megan Sypher, Matthew Sorrels and Mack Schroeder while securing partnerships at Therrell High School and Banneker High School to expand their program.
Sponsor A Student Campaign
To kick off the new school year with brand new cohorts totaling 45 students, NGM launches its inaugural “Sponsor-a-Student” campaign and raises $56,000 from individuals which is equivalent to covering the program for 61 students for an entire year.
Featured on WSB-TV
NGM featured on WSB-TV Channel 2 News ahead of Georgia Gives Day.
Passing of a Champion
NGM bids farewell to one of its first and greatest champions, Ken Sperling, father to co-founder Ben and committed supporter to our students and organization.
Impressive “Mid-Year Report”
The first “Mid-Year Report” is released showing incredible survey results, impressive social and emotional gains, and even marked academic improvements for many students.
NGM March Madness
NGM puts on its first ever “March Madness” competition for students covering leadership, problem solving, and career exposure.
2016 EOY Banquet
NGM celebrates the completion of another successful school year with 40 students, 4 teachers, and 3 college fellows. The banquet was student-run and had over 50 parents and family members in attendance.
NGM Wins Philanthropitch Atlanta
NGM takes home $17,500 as the top winner at the first-ever Philanthropitch competition where local non-profits compete in front of an audience of over 200 and a panel of judges.
Official Launch of Next Generation Women
After 8 months of planning and development, NGM and its working group of 25 women from around Atlanta officially launch the Next Generation Women program to begin in the 2016-17 school year with 30-40 young women.
New Program Director
NGM adds former Teacher of the Year and NGM Coach, Austin Williams, to their full-time staff as Program Director.
Creekside Joins NGM/W
NGM/W adds its second school from Fulton County – Creekside High School – with tremendous support from Communities in Schools coordinator Toriano Parker, Mr. Jonathan Hall, and Principal Maxwell.
Career Symposium at BHS
Revamping the traditional “career day,” NGM/W hosts this event where professionals are arranged by high school subjects they utilize most in their day-to-day careers. Set as a recruitment event targeting 9th grade students, NGM/W attracts over 50 young men and women and 30+ professionals.
NGM/W Welcomes New Advisory Board
With support growing from local professionals, NGM/W leadership creates a new 15-person Advisory Board to help guide and grow their efforts to support students across Atlanta.
NGM/W students from every partner school come together to participate in a real and authentic Networking Night featuring 40+ professionals.
Next Gen Games
Cohorts come together to compete in the first-ever Next Gen Games, an interscholastic competition featuring 5 individual events and 2 team events, challenging students to apply their talents with individual winners taking home $500 each and the winning team earning a free trip to Washington DC in July 2017. Congratulations to Creekside High School on taking home the crown!
The Next Gen Games were featured on WSB-TV – check out this recap video to see the students in action! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgufp9qe15s
Original NGM Students Graduate!
After 3 years of hard work and dedication, the first class of young men from NGM’s pilot program in 2015 walk at graduation. We could not be more proud!
Khayree Womack Joins NGM/W as Program Coordinator
A graduate of the University of Idaho and former NGM/W intern and fellow, Khayree joins the NGM/W team heading into the 2017-18 school year as a Program Coordinator. His passion and energy (not to mention amazing sense of style) for serving our students ensures he will have tremendous success as the newest member of the team.