Our Why

Next Generation Men & Women was founded in August 2014 by three educators who recognized that students attending Title I Schools (in particular young men and women of color) lacked exposure to professional examples and environments. Lagging graduation rates and post-secondary enrollment did not represent an achievement gap — but an opportunity gap, as students were without the necessary support to graduate and be prepared for College and Career.

Next Gen provides Atlanta youth with regular exposure to career pathways, professionals, work environments and personalized support in the form of Teachers and College Mentors.

Our Mission

To close the opportunity gap for under-resourced students in Atlanta through exposure and support to graduate prepared for college and career.

Our Vision

Every student is prepared to seize the opportunities life has to offer.

Leadership

Phil Olaleye

Executive Director

Tim Eldredge

Operations Manager

Veronica López-Delgado

Programs Manager

Khayree Womack

Programs Coordinator

Netanya Bledsoe

AmeriCorps VISTA
Site Coordinator

Jessica Jeanlys

AmeriCorps VISTA
Site Coordinator

Board of Directors

Dina Bailey

Mountain Top Vision

Chief Executive Officer

Board Chair

Deisha Barnett

Metro Atlanta Chamber

Chief Branding and Communications Officer

Ian Cohen

Tara Technologies

Founder

Cara Frattasi

Purpose Built Schools Atlanta

Director of Special Projects

Ashani O'Mard

Atlanta Affordable Housing Fund

Executive Director

Vice-Chair

Travis Salters

Boston College

Law School Candidate

Sabrina Serafin

Frazier & Deeter

Partner

Treasurer

Rob Schuler

Cox Communications

Senior Director, Technology

Tori Silas

Nelson Mullins

Partner

Secretary

Ben Sperling

New York University

Stern School of Business

Kevin Thomas

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Market Director

Samuel Wakefield

The Wakefield & Walker Group

Co-Founder & Partner

Advisory Council

Arlenis Almonte

Chick-fil-A

Sr. Project Lead, Integrated Creative - Multicultural

Jennifer Grove

WSB-TV | Cox Media Group

Manager of Community Affairs

Jessica Johnson

Georgia Chamber of Commerce

Business Development Manager

Luke Lindsey

American Red Cross

Regional Philanthropy Officer

Sara Simonds

Deloitte

Senior Manager, Audit

JP Ortiz

Microsoft

Customer Success Manager

Daniel L. Stahl

BDO USA

Senior Assurance Manager

Christen Wright

Delta

Customer Experience Strategy, Digital

Exposure Partners

Exposure Partners

Supporters

Next Gen in the News

Our Community

Alumni

Amadou
NGM Class of 2018
Georgia Tech Class of 2022

Teacher Coach

Ms. Bennett
NGW Class of 2021
Creekside High School

Student

Jordan
NGM Class of 2020
Creekside High School

College Mentor

Paul
NGM Class of 2019
Morehouse College

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Phil Olaleye

Executive Director

Raised in Stone Mountain, GA – Phil earned his B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and his Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Phil previously served as the Director of Performance Management at WorkSource Atlanta, as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines and was a Sales and Trading Analyst with Citigroup in New York City. A 2017 LEAD Atlanta & 2019 Atlanta Regional Commission RLI Alum, Phil is passionate about leading systems change that improve the lives of youth, families and communities.

Tim Eldredge

Operations Manager

From Portland, Oregon – Tim graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Oregon. Prior to Next Gen, Tim directed the staffing and communications operations for a world-renowned summer camp. He began his post-grad career as a STEM Teacher at a Title I Elementary School in Portland. Tim enjoys the outdoors, playing basketball and practicing yoga. As a first-generation college student, Tim is passionate about ensuring all students have equal access to resources, support and success.

Veronica López-Delgado

Programs Manager

From Leeds, Alabama – Veronica attended Princeton and received a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. A Teach for America Corps member, Veronica previously taught middle school math in both Henderson, NC and New Haven, CT. Veronica enjoys spending time with her family, watching Alabama football and hiking. As a first-generation college student, Veronica is committed to fighting systemic inequality through education.

Khayree Womack

Programs Coordinator

From San Diego, California – Khayree attended the University of Idaho and North Carolina A&T, where he received his B.A. in Sociology and Psychology and played football. Khayree grew up around his mother’s youth development program and has been involved as a mentor and mentee since his youth. Khayree enjoys giving back to his community, reading up on health and wellness and rooting on his Philly sports teams. Khayree is deeply passionate about community engagement and youth development.

Netanya Bledsoe

AmeriCorps VISTA Site Coordinator

Raised in Seattle, WA – Netanya earned her B.A. in Psychology from Whittier College in Whittier, CA. Netanya previously worked in education as an instructor to Pre-K students as well as a Program Coordinator for elementary and middle school students. A former youth basketball coach, Netanya is huge basketball and football fan (go Seahawks!) and is committed to working with youth to help them reach their full potential. 

Jessica Jeanlys

AmeriCorps VISTA Site Coordinator

Born in Louisiana- raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Jessica began her educational journey at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. Finding her passion for education and student relationships, Jessica became a mentor for Girl Power and My Brothers Keeper. She’s an avid Saints fan (#WhoDat) and ever passionate about literacy in her community. Jessica hopes to keep impacting her community through her three Es: Exposure, Education and Empowerment.