Philanthropic Partner

Philanthropic Partner

nextstepsThe N.E.X.T. Steps Youth Entrepreneur Program (NSYEP), a S.T.E.M.-based service learning program equipping youth and young adults with marketable project management and business development skills.

Founded by D. Jewel Harris, Founder & CEO, NSYEP defines success as when an underserved youth becomes an authentic leader. Underserved youth are people with specific needs regardless of income, gender and ethnicity. Key objectives include: (a) To utilize science, technology, engineering, mathematics and humanities – STEM++ based educational building blocks to produce Authentic Leaders; (b) To secure multiple year commitments that will empower underserved youth and help them overcome their immediate challenges; and (c) To teach underserved youth applications in STEM++ that include design, computer science, coding, agricultural science and business/project management.

A portion of OPTIMUM proceeds will be donated to NSYEP, a 501c(3) non-profit organization.