Educators & Administrators

The reality is educators everywhere are facing unprecedented challenges with students. Mental health is at an all time high, there's been an increase in behavorial issues everywhere, and student's attendance is suffering.

There has been a lot of research done about after school programs, and other non-academic programs with teens. And it seems regardless of whether they are an at-risk population or not, these programs...

  • Increase student's confidence
  • Increase student's academic performance
  • Reduce student's making poor choices
  • Increase in student's attendance
  • Reduce behavioral issues with students

The other reality that society is facing is that students who are graduating and entering the adult world are simply not adequately prepared. Our programs have a direct effect in preparing students for life after high school because we teach students the essential skills, they need to succeed whether they go to college, or into the workforce.

We want to come along side educators everywhere to support your mission to positively impact the lives of student's and prepare them to live to their full potential after graduation. Together, we can make a difference.



Workshops can be offered as a series, or individually. They can be done during the school day, held as a lunch and learn, or can be held after school.

Workshops have been used as:

  • Replacement for suspension
  • Replacement for ISS
  • Personal development for students

Topics include:

  • Career exploration (research, using your strengths, internships, etc.)
  • Career readiness (resume writing, interviewing, professionalism, etc.)
  • Adulting 101 (personal finances, goal-setting, time management, health, safety, etc.)


We have an entire online assortment of curriculum for students in high school. This curriculum covers a large array of topics to help teens learn essential skills to be successful as adults.

Curriculum has been used as:

  • Credit recovery for students
  • Supplemental education

Some of our courses include:

  • Know Your Strengths
  • Personal Finances
  • Communication
  • Decision Making
  • Problem Solving & Conflict Resolution
  • Power of Mindset
  • and more!


Programming is a great option for schools that want to have consistent programming year-round for students. Programming can be on-going throughout the entire school year for a specified group of students. This is a great way for students to have consistent growth, and consistent positive improvements and changes with their behavior, academics, and attendence.

Programming has been used as:

  • Credit recovery for students
  • Supplemental education
  • Replacement for ISS

Some of our programming models include:

  • Lunch and Learns
  • Study Hall Replacement
  • ISS Replacement
  • Real World Simulations
  • After School Programming


This is a nonprofit program created specifically for foster care and at-risk teens in grades 9-12. It is the most in-depth, life-changing, and content rich program we offer for students.

Student results from this program include:

  • Ohio Career Readiness Seal
  • Increased attendance
  • Increased academic performance
  • Increased confidence & mental health

Programming includes:

  • Weekly in-person sessions for entire year
  • Access to all curriculum
  • Industry tours & guest speakers
  • Teambuilding field trips
  • Industry mentor for 6-8 months
  • And so much more!



Traci Bakenhaster is someone who knows first-hand how it feels to be unprepared for life, not to know her purpose, not to know how to be an adult. She knows what it is like to fall and fall hard. In high school she was an honor roll student, involved in sports, clubs, and stayed out of trouble. But at 20, Traci found herself pregnant after a long history of poor life choices. She had no plan for her future, and did not see her own worth or value.

As a very young single mom, she found herself on the system until she lost eligibility, then the debt started to grow. She enrolled in college not knowing what to do, took out tens of thousands in student loans, ended up working three jobs at one point, and went to school full-time. It was the wake-up call she needed.

She knew she had to go through all of this hardship and struggle so she could help others not find themselves down the same path, that's when Raising the Next Gen was born. Since then, she has dedicated her life to changing the lives of teens everywhere.

Her Experience Includes:

  • 10+ years of experience in higher education, career-tech, and industry

  • Speaking Engagements:
  • Inspirational Speaker, ACCESS Scholar Honors Reception
  • Maximize High School Presentation, multiple groups & organizations
  • 45 high schools across Central Ohio (over 155 presentations in total)

  • Certifications:
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Financial Coach
  • Career Coach
  • Resume Writer
  • CPR & First Aid
  • DiSC Trainer
  • DDI Facilitator

  • Education:
  • MS in Business Psychology from Franklin University
  • BS in Business Administration from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
  • 2 AS degrees from Columbus State Community College

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