Next Step Academics

Opportunities for Everyone

Houston, TX   |

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Next Step Academics

EIN: 93-1706740


Our mission is to provide personalized resources and assistance to help Texas students overcome obstacles to achieve their college, career, and/or military aspirations.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are a new nonprofit with proven success in our work. We focus on the mission and continue to grow!

Ruling year info


CEO & Founder

Kordale Lahner

Main address

9207 Sasson Blvd

Houston, TX 77044 USA

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Subject area info


Student services

Population served info

Children and youth

Young adults

Economically disadvantaged people

At-risk youth

Unemployed people

NTEE code info

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

College Prep

Get personalized college application assistance with the College Prep program. From FAFSA to SAT/ACT prep, we've got you covered. Our expert guidance on essays and financial aid will give you the assurance you need to succeed. Sign up now to start your college journey on the right foot! To help you achieve your goals, Next Step Academics offers a variety of services:

One-on-one counseling

Classroom presentations

College planning workshops

ACT registration fee waivers (up to 3 per student)

Assistance with college and scholarship applications

College application fee waivers/payments (up to 3 per student)

Help with completing and submitting the *Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Grant Seeking Assistance

Population(s) Served

For those aspiring to a hands-on career, our Trade Programs help collect the needed documents and help you pass the entry test. Whether you're interested in becoming an electrician, pipefitter, plumber, or HVAC technician or exploring other skilled trades, Provide you with the practical skills and industry knowledge necessary to succeed.

Population(s) Served

If your goal is to serve in the military, our Military Success program is designed to support your aspirations. We offer comprehensive test preparation for military entrance exams, helping you achieve high scores for optimal job placement. Additionally, our program includes specialized workout regimens to ensure you're physically prepared for the demands of military service.

Population(s) Served

At Next Step Academics, we understand the importance of academic excellence. That's why we provide tutoring services and academic support to help you thrive in your educational journey. Our experienced tutors offer personalized assistance in various subjects, ensuring you have the academic knowledge and skills to excel.

Population(s) Served

Do you need help finding the right job? We can assist you with building your resume, preparing for interviews, and guiding you in networking—our nonprofit works with Houston-based businesses to provide the latest job openings. Contact us today to take the first step toward achieving your career goals.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Non-adult children
At-risk youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Non-adult children
At-risk youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Non-adult children
At-risk youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Non-adult children
At-risk youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Non-adult children
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At Next Step Academics, creating a brighter future for students is a collective responsibility. It takes a caring community to make a real difference and catalyze change. That's why we invite you to become part of our organization and join us in empowering students, shaping their paths, and opening doors of opportunity. Working together can transform lives and inspire success, positively impacting the world.

By supporting our innovative programs for going into trades/college/military, we can help bridge this gap and provide opportunities for individuals to enter stable and rewarding careers.

Next Step Academics must take advantage of Porter’s Five Forces to assess the nature of the industry’s competitiveness and develop unique strategic decisions to operate a thriving nonprofit organization affiliated with the education industry.

We've been able to help over 100 children so far, and we're determined to keep making a positive impact. The number of children we can help is only going to increase from here.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


Next Step Academics


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CEO & Founder

Kordale Lahner

As the Founder and CEO of Next Step Academics, I am building and leading a team from the ground up to create a positive impact in our communities. I oversee all aspects of our organization, from finance and marketing to human resources and outreach. I also develop and execute strategic plans and initiatives to grow our reach and brand awareness in the US market and raise campaigns through various channels. Before launching Next Step Academics, I was an Agile Coach and Scrum Master for over five years, working with different organizations to transition and improve their processes and methods. I designed and implemented the Scrum framework, facilitated Agile events, resolved conflicts and impediments, and enhanced team collaboration and transparency. I have a CSM certification and a Google Analytics Individual Qualification, demonstrating my skills and expertise in Agile project management and data analytics. I am passionate about delivering value and quality, exceeding expectations.

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Next Step Academics

Board of directors
as of 04/06/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Kordale Lahner

Next Step Academics

Term: 2023 -

LeAna Dixion

Goose Creek CISD

Shadrick Charles

Project Manager

Philip Randle

Retired Department Of Justice

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/6/2024

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/19/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.