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Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth, Inc.

Providing opportunities today for success tomorrow.

Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth, Inc., is a charitable, non-profit organization designed to fund, promote, and support educational projects, scholarships, and community programs focused on youth.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to educate northwest and north central Kansas students about local career opportunities by providing and supporting programs in career development, entrepreneurship, internship, and scholarship. Through these efforts, we hope to foster a positive sense of community and encourage youth to remain or return home to prosper.

Primary Area Served

  • Northwest Kansas
  • North Central Kansas
  • Counties Served: Barton, Cheyenne, Cloud, Decatur, Ellis, Ellsworth, Gove, Graham, Jewell, Lincoln, Logan, Mitchell, Norton, Osborne, Ottawa, Phillips, Rawlins, Republic, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Saline, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Thomas, Trego, and Wallace.

Nex-Generation Programs

  • Career EXPLORation (Students from up to 9 school districts may participate in a career day event using the schools’ Interactive Distance Learning classrooms; Nex-Generation works in coordination with the I-CAN (Interactive Consortium Academic Network) in sponsoring this event.)
  • Kansas Day Activities (Nex-Generation partners with Nex-Tech to provide a booth representing key topics pertinent to Kansas Day.)
  • Entrepreneurship/Business Plan Workshops (Students learn about entrepreneurship and how to write a business plan in a hands-on workshop setting.)
  • Business Plan Competition (Students submit business plans and interview with judges. Winners receive monetary compensation to help get their businesses started.)
  • Student Internships (Up to six paid interns work at local businesses during the summer to learn professional skills and to broaden their perspectives on career options. It also enables local businesses an opportunity to “interview” students for potential future jobs, including succession planning for businesses that otherwise may close permanently.)
  • Career Fair & Expo (Schools from the area are invited to bring 9th-12th grade students to hear a motivational keynote speaker; listen to multiple breakout session speakers; engage in conversations with area business professionals at booths; and consider the types of career options that are available right here in northwest and north central Kansas. In addition, the Career Fair & Expo provides local businesses a forum to showcase themselves to the students, an opportunity that many students never get a chance to experience.)
  • Rural AmeriTowne (Rural AmeriTowne is part of the Young Americans Center, headquartered in Denver, Colorado. It provides interactive curriculum for 4th-8th grades on a variety of life skills, such as owning, managing, or working at a business; advertising; investing; spending money locally (principles of economics); learning about supply and demand; becoming a philanthropist; electing city officials (mayor/judge); and much more. Students attend “Towne” (currently in Wray, Colorado) at the end of the classroom experience where they actually run their “businesses” in a lifelike setting.) Nex-Generation partners with Nex-Tech, Midwest Energy, Sunflower Cooperative Electric, and Golden Belt Telephone to help in sponsoring schools for this program.
  • Citizenship and Leadership (Nex-Generation provides a speaker for civic and school meetings and organizations, such as Kansas Association for Youth, Student Council Association, National FFA, National Honor Society, Kansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers, etc., on important youth-related topics that help students grow as leaders and citizens within their communities.)
  • Other Career Preparation (Nex-Generation works with schools and other organizations to help prepare students for scholarships and employment opportunities. Examples include résumé writing and interviewing skills workshops in the classroom.)
  • Work Study and Other Programs that Bridge School and Community (Nex-Generation serves as a liaison to provide students with work study opportunities within their communities.)
  • Individual Speaker Programs (Nex-Generation provides schools and community organizations, such as Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, with a speaker on a variety of youth-related topics. Enrichment programs help students grow in areas of self-esteem, character, leadership, and service.)


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Our Generous Supporters
To bring a free, educational program to your school, community, or organization, or to visit with us about funding opportunities, please contact us today.
Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth, Inc.
Jacque R. Beckman, Executive Director
145 N Main, PO Box 158
Lenora, KS 67645
877-567-7872, Ext. 1170 (office)
785-567-3222 (cell)
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High School & College Internship Program
Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth Inc. offers high school and college students age 16 and over the opportunity for paid summer internships.
Internship Dates | May 30 - August 4, 2017
The application deadline for 2017 has passed.

More Than 30 Paid Internship Positions Available

Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth, Inc., is accepting applications for this year’s student internship program, which runs from May 30 through August 4.  Through this program, the organization will match more than 30 high school and college students with local businesses throughout northwest and north central Kansas for paid internships.
Participating businesses include:  Cheyenne County Development Corporation (St. Francis); City of Norton (Norton); Cunningham Telephone & Cable (Beloit); Colby Community College (Colby); CCC Endowment Foundation (Colby); Dane G. Hansen & K-State Research and Extension in conjunction with Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation, Oberlin-Decatur Economic Development and Chamber, and the City of Norton (Lincoln, Oberlin, and Norton); Fabrizius Plumbing (WaKeeney); Farmers Bank of Osborne (Osborne); Graham County Hospital (Hill City); Grinnell Locker Plant (Grinnell); Hoxie Feedyard (Hoxie); Lincoln – USD 298 (Lincoln); Midwest Energy, Inc. (Hays); Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth, Inc. (Lenora/Hill City/Hays); Nex-Tech (Lenora/Norton and Hays); Northwest Kansas Library System (Norton); Norton County Community Foundation (Norton); Osborne County Memorial Hospital (Osborne); Phillips County Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (Phillipsburg); Rush County Memorial Hospital (LaCrosse); Shiloh Vineyard (WaKeeney); Smith County Memorial Hospital (Smith Center); Tri-State Antique Engine and Thresher Association (Bird City); Waddell & Reed, Inc. (Hill City/Hays); and Western Cooperative Electric (WaKeeney).
Nex-Generation’s goal is to give students hands-on experiences in a variety of professions and encourage them to remain in or return home to prosper.  “We are ecstatic to be offering such a wide variety of professions, including community and economic development, travel and tourism, civil engineering, architecture, landscaping, non-profits, library science, administrative, telecommunications, information technology, marketing, social media, plumbing, banking, medical, agriculture, animal health, meat processing, youth development, customer service….  It’s an incredible lineup,” said Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth’s Executive Director Jacque Beckman.  
Interns are hired directly by participating, local businesses.  “While the majority of the time will be spent with their respective businesses, interns can expect to get together at least three times,” Beckman said.  “They will attend orientation on May 30, a field trip on June 30, and a focus group on August 4.”
Students age 16 and over who live or attend school in northwest or north central Kansas may apply.  Applications are due March 31, 2017.