ReGen Next - Making healthy relationships the priority.
Who We Are
To regenerate the critical thinking and the unwavering hope of the next generation.
To make healthy relationships the priority through 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 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.
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 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 risk behaviors and risk (harm) reduction to the prioritization of healthy relationships and risk (harm) 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
Calhoun Area Career Center
Olivet Public Schools
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
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
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
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
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
Facebook: ReGen Next
YouTube: ReGen Talks coming soon!
Ascend SRAS certification conferences-host site for 4 events (2014, 2016, 2018, 2019) 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