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The NEXT Steps Youth Entrepreneur Program

The NEXT Steps Youth Entrepreneur Program (NSYEP) is an award-winning, 501c3 private operating nonprofit foundation located in Atlanta, GA. It was founded in 2008 by daughter and mom duo Jalen Valencia Harris and Dana Jewel Harris, CEO of The NEXT Steps Small Business Incubator (NSSBI) and creator of the NEW! Community On Demand™ Learning Management System.

Our Mission

Since 2008, we have served as a nonprofit workforce intermediary specializing in creating innovative tools and project-based experiential learning environments. We created the Community On Demand™ Game-based Learning Management System to provide fun learning tools that turn community challenges into meaningful, project-based experiential learning experiences so community stakeholders (at any age) can become active participants in making decisions and taking immediate action to solve their own problems.

Our Task Is Simple . . . Sort Of

As the official nonprofit partner of The NEXT Steps Small Business Incubator, we are tasked with implementing the Community On Demand™ LRNG Logic Model.  This means we are responsible for using the Community On Demand™ Learning Management System with digital technologies, entertainment and entrepreneurship to:

  • Create local learning ecosystems that provide effective business, curriculum, leadership and employability skills development.
  • Deliver basic skills training (employability skills development), meaningful work-based learning experiences, and empowering leadership development workshops.
  • Create career development opportunities that provide technical assistance, industry recognized micro-certifications, and the  work supports (i.e. wrap-around services) required to ensure measurable levels of personal and professional growth.
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Meet Our Team

VIP Junior Executive Management (JEM) Team

We're proud to introduce you to the young entrepreneurs that are helping us develop the Community On Demand™ Learning Management System

  • Daniel Carroll

    DZC, LLC

    Business Development Consultant

  • Kieno Jones

    The Greenwood Recipe

    Financial Consultant

  • Andrea Gordon

    A.D. Productions

    Film & Videography

  • Briana Langford


    Character Sketches and Original Prints


  • Miniyah Wynn


    Graphic Designer

  • Noreen Whitehead

    GA Women In Ag Association

    Chairwoman, Sr. Advisor

  • Vida Carroll

    Media Personality

    Public Relations & On-Screen Talent

  • Benjamin Harris

    NEXT Steps YEP

    General Management Team

  • Dana Jewel Harris

    Inventor/Game Developer of Community Of Demand

  • Dr. Elijah Porter, III

    Electrical Engineer and Scholar

    Sr. Advisor

  • Dr. Milton Mattox

    CEO, Chief Advisor, USDSI™

    Sr. Advisor

  • Ina Braxton, MBA/TCF

    Life Rescue Training Institute, CEO

    Sr Advisor

In loving memory of . . .

Jalen Valencia Harris

The true inspiration behind the creation of Community On Demand™

You’re not alone!

If you don’t have someone you feel like you can contact about your mental health, that doesn’t mean you’re alone. Remember that counselors are available 24/7 at the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Feel free to contact us with any questions!