Alex came from a home with domestic violence and started facing mental health issues at a young age that carried into young adulthood. In his journey, he battled opiate addiction and involvement in the criminal justice system. After struggling with clinical services, he found recovery in peer led groups, and started mentoring others in these groups. Alex received an opportunity to be a youth peer advocate, and soon after got involved with Youth Power. His passions in advocacy lie in the criminal justice, drug addiction, and mental health services fields, and the Western Region of New York that he proudly calls home.