Preparing our NEXT generation to
change the world!

NEXT prepares our next generation not only deal with future challenges but to approach them as opportunities through...

Curriculum & Workshops

Interactions with students involve lessons and activities that grow their understanding of the world outside of school. It centers around the creation of an idea teaching them key problem-solving skills. It spans a variety of topics including leadership, equity, college & career prep, and much more.

Coaching & Work

The lessons and projects provide opportunities for the students to be coached and guided through not only the startup process but the many types of decision they will make in life and career. NEXT couples this with work opportunities including internships, projects, or working on a startup.

Speakers & Mentors

Guidance is provided by subject matter experts and community leaders. Speakers share knowledge and teach valuable skills as the student build on their idea. Students receive mentorship on their ideas and have conversations about their next steps toward college, work, and life.

Contests & Events

Gatherings among the students are very purposeful and powerful. They break down barriers by mixing schools, races, cultures, and income classes providing opportunities to form invaluable connections. Our pitch contest provides opportunities for additional coaching, prizes, and startup support.

Our Impact

Pandemics, racial & social unrest, & joblessness are just a few of the issues our communities face. We need problem solvers desperately. Our students will be those solvers empowered by Square1 NEXT!

“The NEXT program is essential to the future of this region as our economy demands not only more entrepreneurs, but employees who can think innovatively and lead initiatives. Square1 is making a significant contribution to our regional by building the skills of these students that are our future.”


Startup Coach

"The program allowed me to think about new pathways and broaden my expertise. I learned more about businesses and how to developer an idea into something more."



"Our son was really excited about the project. You lit a fire!"



"Square1 gave me the confidence to achieve more than I thought I could.". Shiela is a NEXT Grad & Phlebotomist at St. Elizabeth Healthcare