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What We Do

Next Generation helps facilitate student-initiated weekly lunch clubs on Junior and Senior high school campuses, and use these clubs as avenues to connect students to local mentors. During these clubs, facilitators provide a safe place on campus for students to receive help with real-life issues and discuss these topics with adult mentors who offer wise advice. In these large group discussions, the facilitators cover a wide range of information relating to issues that teenagers face such as bullying, suicide, violence, drug abuse, relationship struggles, excellence in education, and human trafficking. These clubs aim to improve students’ health by focusing on the whole person through teaching about emotional, physical and mental well-being.

What We Do

Next Generation helps facilitate student-initiated weekly lunch clubs on Junior and Senior high school campuses, and use these clubs as avenues to connect students to local mentors. During these clubs, facilitators provide a safe place on campus for students to receive help with real-life issues and discuss these topics with adult mentors who offer wise advice. In these large group discussions, the facilitators cover a wide range of information relating to issues that teenagers face such as bullying, suicide, violence, drug abuse, relationship struggles, excellence in education, and human trafficking. These clubs aim to improve students’ health by focusing on the whole person through teaching about emotional, physical and mental well-being.
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Our Story

Next Generation began in 1993 when Steve Robinson started meeting with students at East Jefferson High School during the lunch hour.  By the fall of 1994, this “lunch club” took place in three other Jefferson Parish high schools.

  During the 1994-95 school year, there was a tremendous growth in the number of students participating, with over 200 young people weekly attending the lunch clubs.

In the 1995-96 school year, a fourth club was added and Next Generation officially became non-profit organization. From 1996-98 Next Generation Ministries, Inc. continued their expansion to include 8 Jefferson Parish Schools. From 2000-2002, the Assistant Director, Jason Robinson, continued to maintain the clubs with the help of trained leaders from within the schools.

In 2002 Benjamin Comer was appointed as the Executive Director, taking Next Generation to a whole new level.  He served with Next Generation for 12 faithful years, expanding their reach beyond local schools to the entire Gulf South, where Next Generation hosts character clubs in eight parishes in Louisiana and two counties in Mississippi.

In 2014, Next Generation announced Cynthia Hassenboehler as the Executive Director, utilizing her seven years of experience with the organization.   As the staff and influence continue to expand beyond 43 schools and 4000 students, this vision behind the mission is still the driving force behind all Next Generation does:  

Change the Campus, Change the Culture.

The Board

Gary Borgstede

president

Gary J. Borgstede is the Chief Administrative Officer and Lead Team Pastor at Church of the King in Mandeville, Louisiana. Additionally, as the President and Founder of The Make It Happen Learning Institute, Gary is a certified Executive Life Coach, a published author of two leadership books, a national speaker on business leadership principles, and a teacher of faith-based team values. Gary is also an inactive Certified Public Accountant in the State of Louisiana and he holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Southeastern Louisiana University as well as a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance from Louisiana State University. Gary serves on the Board of Directors as Secretary Treasurer for the New Orleans Dream Center, Secretary for Next Generation Ministries, and Secretary Officer for Church of the King and the George Shinn Leadership Retreat Center. Lastly, Gary is married to his beautiful wife of 25 years and is blessed with five wonderful children.

Phillip Nicaud

Director

Philip Nicaud is the founder of PJN Consulting Group, located in Mandeville, Louisiana. As Chief Strategist, Phil coaches over 70 founders, CEOs and leaders around America. His clients are led through a process that gives them a unique advantage in reaching their highest potential in every area of life. Phil is also a keynote speaker and trainer, inspiring real-life transformation through topics such as intentional living, high performance leadership, creating a flourishing culture and more.

Ed White

Director

Ed White graduated from the University of New Orleans in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration/Marketing. He has been in the Commercial/Investment real estate profession since 1976. He was awarded the “Ruby Award” twice by the Jefferson Board of Realtors for the most real estate transactions produced by a commercial agent. He is a life member of the Realtors “Million Dollar Sales Club”, and has received the Realtors “Commercial Investment Division Sales Achievement Award “for over 10 years.

In September 1984, he started the firm of Ed White & Associates, Inc. The firm has engaged in commercial-investment real estate brokerage, syndication, consulting and development. Over the past 30 years, the firm has grown and now specializes in syndication, acquisition and disposition of real estate apartment investments on behalf of Ed White and Associates companies and it’s investor clients

Professionally, Ed has served as President of the Louisiana C.C.l.M Chapter, a Continuing Education Seminar Instructor for the Metro Board of Realtors, appointed member to the Louisiana Board of Realtors, Jefferson Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) serving on the Business Development and Expansion Committee. Additionally, he chaired the Venture Capital Forum sponsored by JEDCO and the University of New Orleans. Aside from his business dealings, Mr. White also actively serves his community as past/or present member of various boards such as:YMCA of East Jefferson, RHEMA Ministries, Next Generation Ministries and Perfect Love Ministries. Kenner Business Association – Secretary/ board member. Louisiana Republican party -1999 and 2000- Finance Chairman and as Deputy Chairman. East Jefferson Business Association; treasurer/ board member . Louisiana Victims and Citizens Against Crime -Executive Board Member/ Public Relations Director. He co­founded United Christian Charities in 1991, and served as Executive Board Member and President until 2006.

David Mahoney

Secretary Treasurer

Staff

Cynthia Sellers

Director

Christian Higgins

Regional Coordinator

Amanda Landry

Event & Office Manager

Ty Clark

Coordinator Coach

Lizzie Jones

Media Coordinator

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