Christ United Methodist Church
Christ United Methodist Church

Project Next Generation

Project Hope is a successful program that transforms the lives of its participants as well as its volunteers. The program focuses on Family, Faith, Education, Career, Budget, Health and Personal Issues. It works primarily with the adults in the home.

Project Next Generation expands Project Hope by focusing on the youth being raised in poverty or an absence of opportunity. The program motivates youth to make good choices leading to brighter futures. We hope to empower “the next generation” to break the cycle of poverty through motivation and opportunities to be successful. The Next Generation program combines mentoring/coaching, exposure to opportunity, choice making, and contract/incentives.

Key Components of Project Next Generation

Mentoring/Coaching

Project Next Generation is targeted towards students ages 12-18 years of age. Upon acceptance into the program, each participant is assigned an adult mentor. This mentor meets with their mentee weekly to identify and work towards specified goals.

Choice Making

Participants learn from their mentors that the choices they make as teens can have a huge impact on their future life path. Mentors encourage students to think through their decisions, work hard and stay focused on their goals.

Contracting

The journey begins with the student signing a Project Next Generation contract. In this contract the student learns of the expectations of the program: meeting weekly with their mentor, staying in school, researching careers of interest, interviewing professionals, and attending seminars. The contract also spells out what PNG will provide the mentee in terms of career interest inventories, financial counseling, life skills coaching, computer training and special financial incentives.

Exposure to Opportunity

Project Next Generation introduces mentees to area resources that are often outside the youth’s “life experience.” Participants have the opportunity to tour college and trade school campuses, meet professionals in various career fields and visit local work environments. Weekly meetings give the youth a chance to discuss one-on-one their findings with their mentor. This exposure helps guide their decisions as they move through their academics and plan for their future careers.

Incentives

Mentees have the opportunity to earn financial incentives while actively participating in Project Next Generation. Upon successful completion of assigned research projects, a student earns two monetary rewards: one in the form of a check to be used at the student’s discretion and the second is a deposit into an approved savings account for use towards college tuition, job training or a certification program.

Research

Participants are encouraged to devote significant time to researching careers of interest. They are asked to study education requirements, salaries and career growth/outlook. First hand knowledge is obtained through touring facilities, interviewing staff and meeting with key personnel.

 

 

Volunteer to be a Mentor or Career Advisor

We are always looking for volunteers to encourage and empower our youth. If you are interested in being part of this ministry, please contact the Project Next Generation staff – Melissa Wilkinson at missy@cumc.com or Laurie Kendig at laurie@cumc.com. We provide orientation, training and support to all our volunteers.

You have the gifts and talents to make a positive impact on a teen’s life. We hope you will take the challenge and commit to be part of Project Next Generation.