Our mission is to empower the next generation to engage with their city so their neighborhoods can thrive.
Served this Year
What does We Are the Next do?
We Are the Next provides social justice and civic engagement programs for teens and young adults in the greater Long Beach region. Through our programs, we encourage the next generation to build a relationship with their city. We explore the city as a municipality, the city's built and natural environment, and the cultures and communities in the city. Through signature programs like CITY101, students identify ways to become advocates for their community.
How it Works
We partner up with other youth-serving organizations in order to collaborate efficiently and reach those who need our programs most. Our work takes place in Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, public libraries, in educational institutions, and in other educational environments. Our staff and Youth Advisory Council comprised of local students design our programs and test-pilot them to ensure we're meeting the needs of the students we service.
Our Service Area
We Are the Next serves the cities of Long Beach, Wilmington, Carson, Compton, Lakewood, Bellflower, Hawaiian Gardens, and Signal Hill.
At We Are the Next, we believe that we can help the next generation see how historic places relate to their experiences by sharing stories that our students see themselves reflected in, and by offering those stories through captivating mediums.
April 1st, We Are the Next joined forces with Studio One Eleven and Retail Design Collaborative in their new offices in Downtown Long Beach.
In July we gave CA high school students an immersive experience designed to engage them with the life and work of Cesar E. Chavez and the Farmworker Movement.
We de-bunk the NPS in celebration of the 100th anniversary of our nation's National Parks!
Reflecting back on our work at the historic Hot-Cha Café near Downtown Long Beach.