ReGen Next -  Making healthy relationships the priority.

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What We Do

Our Vision:

To regenerate the critical thinking and the unwavering hope of the next generation.

Our Mission:

To make healthy relationships the priority through programs that foster individual empowerment, parental engagement, and community support for risk avoidance strategies.

to regenerate means to restore or renew.

In biology, regeneration is the regrowth of an injured or missing part. Regeneration in persons who have experienced various degrees of physical, mental and/or emotional injury requires resiliency (the ability to bounce back). That is what we nurture in the hearts and minds of the youth and families we serve through our programming at ReGen Next.

In 2011, Alternatives of Kalamazoo, a non-profit pregnancy resource center, added a sexual health educational component in response to the higher than state average rates of teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties, respectively.  The goal of the ReGen Next campaign was to decrease the statistics by encouraging youth to avoid risk behaviors like teen sexual activity, alcohol misuse, and illicit drug use and to think more critically about the formation of healthy relationships. As we learned more about the protective factors that are integral to positive youth development (PYD), we realized that our efforts must not only provide information for teens but must also include resources for parents and community.

ReGen Next, LLC was formed in 2018. And, now, due to the continued growth of outreach and influence beyond our local community, ReGen Next is becoming an independent 501c3.  Our team is excited about the possibilities! 

Through classroom instruction, presentations and workshops, we strive to improve the health, academic and life outcomes of youth by equipping them with the tools, information, and support that will empower them:

a) to recognize the traits of healthy/unhealthy relationships

b) to delay the age of sexual debut

c) to voluntarily refrain from other youth risk behaviors, like underage drinking, illicit drug use and violence

d) to understand the harmful relational, emotional and societal effects of  pornography, sexual exploitation and abuse

We empower parenting teens and adults in their role as the primary educators, protectors and guides of their children by providing educational workshops and parenting classes that offer strategies which increase levels of parent-child connectedness and inspire healthy decision-making.

And, through the implementation of social marketing strategies, we create a culture in community which shifts social messaging from the normalization of unhealthy behaviors and risk (harm) reduction to the prioritization of healthy relationships and risk  (harm) avoidance.   

ReGen Next Platform

Middle and/or high school
(Michigan)

Climax Scotts

Loy Norrix

Portage Northern

Calhoun Area Career Center

Olivet Public Schools

Galesburg-Augusta

Heritage Christian

Reformed Heritage Christian

Sojourner Truth Girls Academy

21st Century After School programs - Northwestern MS and Springfield MS, Battle Creek Public Schools

Let's Talk About It (LTAI Girls Home)

ACTS II Ministry for Teens (LTAI Boys Home)

Muskegon Covenant Academy

KEYS-Kalamazoo Co. Juvenile Detention Center

Kalamazoo Public Library

Young Kings and Queens

Faith-based youth and
young adult 

Berean Baptist Church-Kalamazoo

Bible Baptist Church-Kalamazoo

CBANA Youth Conference Falam Baptist Church -Battle Creek

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Camp-Albion, MI

Kalamazoo Free Methodist Church

East Oregon University -La Grande, OR (virtual)

Intervarsity Ignite Conference -Ypsilanti, MI

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)-
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo

Parent Education 

Parenting For Life in-person classes Kzoo/BC

Parenting for Life eClasses (virtual) launched June 2020.  PFL assessment sites now in Michigan and Indiana.

Kalamazoo Gospel Mission

The Haven Mission (In As Much House)-BC

KRESA-Kzoo

Goodwill Industries-BC and Kzoo

Endeavor Charter Academy-BC

Calhoun Co Health Public Health Dept (hosted at Faith Assembly, Battle Creek)

St. Michael’s Lutheran Church-Kzoo

Trenches Community Church-Kzoo

Parent University-Battle Creek Public Schools

Urban Alliance-Kzoo

Government

June 2019 - The healthy relationships abstract ReGen Next: Taking Relationships From Convenience To Commitment was featured as a poster presentation at the Administration for Children and Families/Family and Youth Services Bureau’s (ACF/FYSB) Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (APP) Conference held in New Orleans, LA with 700+ federal grant recipients in attendance. 

Spring 2020- Consultant for Public Strategies project commissioned by the ACF/FYSB of the US Department of Health and Human Services to create Success Sequence infographic and tip sheet for 2020 SRAE federal grant recipients.

College/University

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Kalamazoo College

Western Michigan University

Website

November 2017 – launched www.ReGenNext.com

Social Media 

Facebook:  ReGen Next

Instagram:  regeneration_next

YouTube:  ReGen Talks coming soon!

For Educators

Ascend SRAS certification conferences-host site for 4 events (2014, 2016, 2018, 2019) with attendees from Michigan, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Canada 

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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