Why Give TO THE NEXT GEN USA LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION?
Studies suggest that the adolescent years are extremely formative, and athletic involvement is a powerful influence in value and identity development. At Next Gen USA, we believe that a holistic approach to engaging adolescent youth in values-based educational and life skills curricula can and do influence how a child develops character, leadership skills, intellectual curiosity, and a passion for a career in sport.
This is an exciting time at Next Gen USA. We are delighted to announce the launch of the Next Gen USA Leadership Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization that will now serve as Next Gen USA’s major charitable arm.
Led by Tony Williams and a dynamic Board of Directors, the Foundation was established to respond to the following question: “What’s best for the kids in Next Gen USA?”. Through programs like the Next Gen Leadership Academy and Urban Promise, both of which offer children, ages 7-18, innovative academic services and leadership training programming, the Foundation aims to help student-athletes in the Next Gen USA community who face financial hardship and other barriers to entry due to limited family resources and unfavorable socioeconomic conditions that affect their participation in academic and other soccer educational activities.
As we get underway with the 2017-18 soccer year, we are KICKING OFF the month with a new campaign that aims to raise $250,000 for the Next Gen USA Leadership Foundation’s Annual Fund. 100 percent of every dollar we receive between now and December 31st will go directly to programming and help expand opportunities for Next Gen USA youth to become better students, athletes and leaders on and off the soccer field.
INSPIRING EXCELLENCE THROUGH THE NEXT GEN USA SCHOLARSHIP FUND
During the 2016-17 academic year, Next Gen USA awarded more than $155,000 in scholarships to qualified student-athletes who enrolled in the Next Gen Leadership Academy on the Rowan College Burlington County campus in Pemberton, New Jersey. Of the 35 full-time students that attended the Academy, approximately 21 earned Honor Roll distinction from Connections Online Academy, Next Gen Leadership Academy's online curriculum partner.
Next Gen USA’s proprietary system of developing a world class athlete utilizes a holistic educational philosophy where a child’s desire to learn and play is complimented with enumerable opportunities to study and explore themes and units tied to core academic standards of learning that provoke self-expression, instill honor, integrity and responsibility, and challenge each student-athlete to set goals and strive for excellence.
Your gift to the Next Gen USA Scholarship Fund will create more educational advancement opportunities for promising student-athletes who want to study, embrace technology and through the discovery process become leaders that are prepared to lead in every sector of our communities and national economy. Below are several examples of student-athletes who have received financial assistance from the Next Gen USA Leadership Foundation to pursue higher educational opportunities available through the Next Gen Leadership Academy.
With a committed Board of Directors, a thriving Urban Promise Network and enthusiastic start to the Next Gen USA Leadership Academy, the Next Gen USA Leadership Foundation supports educational programs that offer each youth participant a fun, affordable and meaningful experience that enriches and fosters a love for, and connection with, sport and academic enrichment.