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The Hobby School Hosts Leaders and Directors of the Volcker Alliance’s Next Generation’s Service Corps for Emerging Public Service Leaders

The Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston and Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University hosted The Volcker Alliance’s Next Generation Service Corps leaders and program directors on April 8-11, 2024. Representatives from the 21 member universities landed in Houston on Solar Eclipse Day for a three-day retreat to share best practices, build collaborative relationships and lay the groundwork for future planning.

Members of The Volcker Alliance staff and Next Generation Service Corps directors and leaders.

NextGen Service Corps is a network of programs at universities across the country that inspire and prepare students to serve their communities and nation through a comprehensive leadership development program that incorporates curriculum, experiential learning, student-led projects, mentorship and hands-on training. Hobby School’s Emily Janowski leads the Next Generation Leadership Program at the University of Houston.

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Hamelin Batista of The Volcker Alliance captures strategies for strengthening the network of student leaders during a retreat brainstorming session. Chapters like the Hobby School’s Next Generation Leadership Academy offer mission-oriented undergraduates an opportunity to grow their passions and skills.


Emily Cruz, a member of the Hobby School’s Next Generation Leadership Academy, welcomes retreat participants from throughout the U.S. to the spring member support retreat. The Hobby School welcomed its second cohort of future public service leaders in 2023.


Program directors and their peers from the 21-member state chapters used the retreat to share successes, identify opportunities and network.


Retreat members attending a reception at Texas Southern University were presented with a proclamation and resolution from local city and state elected officials. TSU is one of the newest members of the national network and will partner with the Hobby School’s program.