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Next Level Program

Next Level is a 20-hour (10 week) course on job readiness, financial health and wellness created by the HRC Foundation and delivered to LGBTQ+ folks in partnership with local community-based organizations (CBOs).

The Next Level course provides skills-based education and resources to LGBTQ+ young adults focused on navigating biased employment and financial systems and gaining increased economic stability. The course centers the experiences and needs of LGBTQ+ adults aged 18-30 years old, with a specific focus on Black and Brown and trans and non-binary job seekers.

The course includes the following three pillars of content, all delivered through a self-empowerment and critical consciousness lens:

Job Readiness Financial Health Wellness
Job searching Spending Physical
Applying Saving Mental/Emotional
Interviewing Borrowing Spiritual
Succeeding on the job Planning Communal

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Course instruction is delivered by the HRC Foundation; with both synchronous (weekly classes delivered via Zoom) and asynchronous components (delivered through financial wellness digital platform WorthIt).

Learn More About Next Level

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Next Level Pilot Sites

Next Level is being piloted by two sites from August 2023 to March 2024.

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is one of the pilot sites for the Next Level program. Located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Bradbury-Sullivan provides a vibrant, inclusive space for all of the region's LGBTQ+ residents.

The center produces affirming community programming and addresses barriers to care through their LGBTQ+ health programs. Bradbury-Sullivan organizes their region’s annual Pride festival and makes the Lehigh Valley more equitable through their LGBTQ+ Education Institute.

The MOCHA Center at Trillium Health

Founded in 1996 as the Men of Color Health Awareness Project, The MOCHA Center of Rochester, New York, has worked to educate Black and Latino men about living a sex-positive life.

Now in partnership with Trillium Health, they’ve turned into a community health center that offers both community and health in equal amounts—providing a safe place for LGBTQ+ folks to network, socialize, and address any health issues they face.

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WORTHIT

The HRC Foundation has created WorthIt, a digital financial wellness platform that inspires and motivates LGBTQ+ folks to improve their financial health & well-being.

GO TO WORTHIT.HRC.ORG

Councils

The HRC Foundation’s Next Level program is supported by the work of our Advisory Council and Community Council. These council members play an active role in program design by informing curriculum development, supporting program implementation and advising the HRC Foundation on strategies to maximize programmatic impact. One of the councils’ first priorities was creating a set of guiding principles for the program. These principles are listed below and are at the center of program operations.

Next Level’s current roster of council members includes community members and organizational leaders from across the United States including representatives from LGBTQ+ centers, for-profit businesses and local governments.

Have further questions? Reach out to our team: nextlevel@hrc.org

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Funders

This work is made possible by generous funding from T-Mobile, the Wells Fargo Foundation and the Workday Foundation.