Baltimore Sun — Next One Up mentoring nonprofit unveils new Baltimore facility, a ‘second home’ for city’s boys and men

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By Abigail Gruskin

Growing up in West Baltimore, Jaiheem Henderson recalled times when he and other students who had joined the ranks as mentees of nonprofit Next One Up met in public libraries, church basements and a small office downtown that belonged to founder Matt Hanna.

He also remembers being kicked out of some of those spaces.

“Guys, I know this was tough,” 21-year-old Henderson, now a senior at Stevenson University, said “Coach Hanna” told him and other Next One Up participants in those moments. “I promise you, one day you will have a place that you can call your home.”

On Sunday, that promise was realized with the unveiling of Next One Up’s new Belvedere Square facility to families and members of the nonprofit that provides academic, professional and athletic mentorship to boys and young men in Baltimore…


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