About Us

Why Were We Created

In November 1976, the then Ms. Saundra Rhode, would begin her journey of working with youth and young adults and their families. She founded and directed several programs that were recognized as nonprofit organizations under the rules and regulations of the Internal Revenue Service.  At that time, Ms. Rhode and her staff were committed to addressing youth and young adults who were troubled by minor family problems and underachievement at school.

But over the next 42 years, Dr. Saundra Rhode would see the need to address additional problems to include; teen homelessness, early childbearing, drug addictions, low self-esteem, instability, distrust, poor social skills, rejection, and school dropouts at an “all-time high.”  In later years, data from the Maryland Department of Health reported that the number of mental health-related ER visits increased significantly each year from 2014 to 2020.  

This concern created a need for additional services which formed a stronger outreach requiring more dedicated work.  In 2018, Dr. Rhode would create the nextGen Empowerment Method, Inc.  The main focus is to provide individuals with a safe space to be heard, to be understood, and to grow from a holistic approach; socially, psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually.  And with the overwhelming increase of mental health/mental illness cases from the bitter and chilling effect of COVID-19 – ALL “HANDS SHOULD BE ON DECK” and nextGen has vowed to help!  

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3900 Penn Belt Place, Forestville, MD 20747