NEXT with Marcus Atkinson The socioeconomic, educational, racial, and ethnic backgrounds of Erie's citizens have never been as wonderfully diverse as they are today. In order to paint a holistic picture of the plight, hopes, and dreams of Erie, NEXT seeks to spotlight and analyze issues that affect inner city Erie from the perspective of its next generation of voices – voices of those who are taking the lead on various aspects of the community. As it was during the days of the iconic Dr. King, the winds of change are often reflected in the actions and words of a younger and more idealistic age group. Learn who's next in your community, on NEXT.
NEXT with Marcus Atkinson

NEXT with Marcus Atkinson

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The socioeconomic, educational, racial, and ethnic backgrounds of Erie's citizens have never been as wonderfully diverse as they are today. In order to paint a holistic picture of the plight, hopes, and dreams of Erie, NEXT seeks to spotlight and analyze issues that affect inner city Erie from the perspective of its next generation of voices – voices of those who are taking the lead on various aspects of the community. As it was during the days of the iconic Dr. King, the winds of change are often reflected in the actions and words of a younger and more idealistic age group. Learn who's next in your community, on NEXT.

Most Recent Episodes

Ep 21 - Dr. Sidney Coupet

Marcus talks with Dr. Sidney Coupet, an Internal Medicine physician, the founder and CEO of Coupet Quality Clinic (CQC). In this month's episode of NEXT with Marcus Atkinson, the host asks thought-provoking questions about the fatalities in the black community from COVID-19 and proactive ways to protect marginalized groups post-pandemic.

Ep 20 - Homer Smith, Tanya Teglo, and Jermaine Beason

Marcus and guests talk about the historical impact black radio and self-produced entertainment has had on the African-American community. This episode introduces Homer Smith; radio personality for WERG's "Super Soul Saturday", Tanya Teglo; Author and historian and Jermaine Beason; Writer, Director, and Actor.

Ep 19 - James C. Sherrod, of the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Center

Marcus and guest; James C. Sherrod, the Executive Director of the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Center, share the impact of Martin Luther King III's visit to Erie and upcoming King holiday activities.

Ep 18 - David González, of St. Martin Center, Michael Hooks of Michael Making Lives Better

Marcus Atkinson talks with David González, MS , CEO of St. Martin Center, Inc. and Michael Hooks, Founder of Michael Making Lives Better about nonprofits and philanthropy in the season of giving.

Ep 18 - David González, of St. Martin Center, Michael Hooks of Michael Making Lives Better

Ep 17 - Elections 2019-2020: Jim Wertz, Jezree Friend

Marcus Atkinson talks with Jim Wertz (Democratic Party Chair) and Jezree Friend (Republican Party Representative) about the current political landscape. They also talk about the elections both locally and nationally.

Ep 16 - Kathy Wrosdick, Heather Caspar, Anna Frantz

Marcus Atkinson talks with Kathy Wrosdick Planning Director for the City of Erie, Heather Caspar Executive Director of SSJ Neighborhood Network and Anna Frantz Executive Director of Our West Bayfront about Planning for our futures and organizing our neighborhoods. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/next-with-marcus/message

Ep 15 - Erie County Recidivism Rate: Amy Eisert, Sheila Silman, Jesse Tate, Tyshun Taylor

Marcus Atkinson talks with Sheila Silman, MS, Program Manager ECRSSA/GECAC, Amy Eisert - Executive Director Mercyhurst University Civic Institute, Jesse Tate, BS - Case Manager ECRSSA/GECAC, and Tyshun Taylor - Client Advocate ECRSSA/Downtown YMCA about a more unified Erie. About the recidivism rate in Erie County, and the funding crisis ECRSSA/GECAC currently face. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/next-with-marcus/message

Ep 15 - Erie County Recidivism Rate: Amy Eisert, Sheila Silman, Jesse Tate, Tyshun Taylor

Ep 14 - Daryl Craig, Community Advocate; Amy Blackman, Crime Victim Center

"Brother D's" Journey into community advocacy and the role the Crime Victim Center of Erie plays in dealing with trauma-induced-community events. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/next-with-marcus/message

Ep 13 - Character Be about It & The Eagle's Nest: Matt & Cleo Harris, Bishop Dwane Brock

Host Marcus Atkinson talks with Bishop Dwane Brock, founder of The Eagle's Nest, a life skills training program for at risk youth. Then Marcus talks with Matt and Cleo Harris about Character Be About It, a prevention based program taught by trained law enforcement officers, which instills important character traits in children in grades K through 8. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/next-with-marcus/message

Ep 13 - Character Be about It & The Eagle's Nest: Matt & Cleo Harris, Bishop Dwane Brock

Ep 12 - Fatherhood and Fatherlessness

The influence of fathers is, in a word, AWESOME! But with 19.7M children in the U.S. fatherless, putting them at risk for innumerable challenges from obesity to incarceration, Marcus and guests discuss fatherhood & fatherly influences - and fatherlessness - in our communities. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/next-with-marcus/message

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