Our next mentoring cycle starts June 1! Accepting applications April 1 - May 15.
A nonprofit is as strong as the community that holds it up. Together, we can do more than we can do alone. Let's bring our abilities and passions together to affect real change.
There are many ways to join us and support our mission. First you can join our network of professionals to offer a helping hand to the next generation as they begin their career paths. For more volunteer opportunities, fundraising events, and ways that you can get our message to your friends and family, contact us.
"Since the age of 17, I knew that I wanted to be a dentist. I can remember several times where I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to be doing to achieve my goal, but I was blessed to have a cousin to help me navigate through some of those murky times. In our culture, we always speak about needing a tribe in order to raise a child and I feel that the Up Next Initiative will be that tribe for so many upcoming professionals. During these past few months, I have thoroughly enjoyed talking to and working with my mentee. I see so much of myself in her. Her bubbly personality is infectious and it’s obvious that she really cares about helping people. Being a healthcare professional during the pandemic has been challenging, but seeing the pure joy my mentee emanates while job shadowing keeps reminding me of the hunger I had when I was her age. It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day tasks in our careers that we forget how much we prayed to be in this very position. Now that we are walking in our purpose, it's time to help the next generation. With that being said, I will definitely recommend this organization to other professionals and I hope to continue to be able to participate in the future." - Whitney Lyons-Thomas, DMD
A background check is required to become a mentor with Up Next Initiative, Inc. A background check from any company that has been completed within the past 12 months is acceptable and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also use any outside company of your choice if that is your preference as long as the company is reputable.