In 1991, Dr. Condoleezza Rice and Susan Ford-Dorsey founded The Center for a New Generation (CNG) in East Palo Alto, California with family members, local philanthropists, and colleagues at Stanford University. Programs were already available to serve both Gifted & Talented students and those with major academic deficiencies, but a population of students was not being served.
Dr. Rice and Mrs. Ford-Dorsey wanted to provide academic and arts enrichment to low-income, middle-of-the-road academic students who were underserved during after-school and summer hours.
Defined as “strivers,” CNG aims to provide these students with the support system they needed for academic and personal success. CNG encourages these “strivers” to expand their learning experience by exploring a diversity of subjects known as STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, and math).
Since then, CNG has created a partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and local Boys and Girls Clubs around the country to expand the reach to hundreds of children through a proven program model.
Today, CNG continues to develop specific programming for afterschool and summer settings to engage youth in a hands-on, project-oriented instructional environment by combining informal academic and arts enrichment activities for holistic learning. CNG builds well-rounded students, nurtures their learning, and positions these youth for success in high school, college, and beyond.
The program has been expanded to Menlo Park and Redwood City, California in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula (BGCP); the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta (BGCMA); Boys & Girls Clubs in Birmingham, Alabama (AGGBGC); and, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas (BGGD).
Research is currently being conducted to identify new potential partner locations around the country in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Dr. Condoleezza Rice.
"It doesn't matter where you came from. It matters where you are going."
– Condoleezza Rice
Building well-rounded students by fostering a lifelong love of learning and positioning youth for success in high school, college, and beyond.