Heroes for Health: Carrie Scruggs

This spotlight series is designed to profile members of the Racine Collaborative for Children’s Mental Health. Over the coming months, the series will feature individual Collaborative members, each of whom is integral to the group’s efforts to forge stronger connections and establish new approaches to strengthen the social and emotional development of our children.

This series is an opportunity to highlight and recognize the diverse individuals, services and resources available to the Racine community.

Who: Carrie Scruggs, Executive Director for Next Generation Now

Website: http://nextgenerationnow.org

Email: cscruggs@nextgenerationnow.org

Phone: 262-635-1920

About Next Generation Now: Next Generation Now’s mission is to identify needs and provide services and support that will assure all children the opportunity to be born healthy, to grow up safely, to have access to quality health services, and to be cared for by competent, nurturing adults in a safe environment which promotes maximum cognitive, emotional, social and physical development.

Words from Carrie, a Hero for Health:

I am committed to helping children succeed – and to building the next generation right now. And I welcome the opportunity to engage in initiatives like the Collaborative for Children’s Mental Health. Each time we bring organizations and individuals from across our community together to tackle a challenging issue, we learn more about one another’s programs and strengthen relationships. This translates into strong and powerful partnerships that allow us to succeed on the important issues we set out to address.

I know from my work at Next Generation Now with children ages two weeks to 13 years that many people in our community are very alone in raising children. Parenting is demanding and there is only so much that anyone can do alone. Supporting parents to help children throughout their entire adolescence is one of the biggest contributions we can make – be it early education and development or supporting children in their emotional development. I am a strong advocate of early intervention and long-term engagement.

Through the Collaborative, we have an opportunity to elevate the issue of children’s mental health in the minds of community members and come together to make a difference. My wish is to see our shared success reflected in happy, healthy, engaged children and students – able to work hard and do well in school – and working together with other students in teams – rather than being disruptive or sent to the principal’s office. And to see parents proudly cheering them on and all of us coming together to raise the future generation of our community.

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