ReGen Next -  Making healthy relationships the priority.

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Who We Are

Our Vision:

To regenerate the thinking and hope of the next generation.

Our Mission:

To make healthy relationships the priority by providing 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 an abstinence-based educational component in response to the rising number of teen births and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties, respectively.  The goal of the ReGen Next campaign was to encourage youth to think more critically about the risk behavior of teen sexual activity with the hope of decreasing the statistics. However, as we learned more about the negative impacts of other risk behaviors like alcohol and drug use on healthy decision-making and relationships and the principles of positive youth development (PYD), we realized that our efforts must not only provide information for students but must also include the protective factors of parents and community.

At ReGen Next, we strive to improve the health 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.

We empower parenting 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 informed 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 risk behaviors and risk reduction to the prioritization of healthy relationships and risk avoidance.   

Over time, our platform has expanded beyond our local community. Our team is excited about the possibilities. And, we look forward to increasing our outreach and influence.

ReGen Next Platform

Middle and/or high school
(Michigan)

Climax Scotts

Loy Norrix

Portage Northern

Olivet Public Schools

Galesburg-Augusta

Heritage Christian

Reformed Heritage Christian

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

Muskegon Covenant Academy

KEYS-Kalamazoo Co. Juvenile Detention Center

Kalamazoo Public Library

Faith-based youth and
young adult 

Berean Baptist Church-Kzoo

Bible Baptist Church-Kzoo

CBANA Youth Conference Falam Baptist Church -Battle Creek

Kalamazoo Free Methodist Church

East Oregon University -La Grande, OR (virtual)

Intervarsity Ignite Conference -Ypsilanti, MI

Parent Education 

Parenting For Life in-person classes Kzoo/BC

Parenting for Life eClasses (virtual started summer 2020) participants in Kalamazoo, Calhoun and Van Buren counties

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

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

For Millennials 

Season of Singleness (SoS) webcast

For Educators

Ascend SRA certification conferences-4 events hosted since 2014 with attendees from Michigan, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Canada (avg 60% representing pregnancy resource centers)

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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