ReGen Next - Making healthy relationships the priority.
Who We Are
To regenerate the thinking and hope of the next generation.
To make healthy relationships the priority by providing programs that foster individual empowerment, parental engagement, and community support for risk avoidance strategies.
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. As we learned more about the principles of positive youth development (PYD), however, 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 to increase levels of parent-child connectedness and to exemplify healthy familial relationships. And, through the implementation of social marketing strategies, we create a culture in community which shifts social messaging from the normalization of risk behaviors (like teen sexual activity) and risk reduction to the prioritization of optimal health 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 high school programming (Michigan)
Olivet Public Schools
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
Faith-based youth and young adult programming
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 programming
Parenting For Life in-person classes Kzoo/BC
Parenting for Life eClasses (virtual started summer 2020) participants in Kzoo, Calhoun and Van Buren counties
Kalamazoo Gospel Mission
The Haven Mission (In As Much House)-BC
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
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.
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Western Michigan University
November 2017 – launched www.ReGenNext.com
Season of Singleness webcast
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