Our team is made up of volunteers who are passionate about supporting mental health and wellness in our community. The youth and young adults who fill these roles are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the youth that we serve. These volunteers are trained in helping the youth in numerous ways and they are the backbone of our organization. We offer a variety of opportunities for individuals and groups to get involved and make a difference in the lives of those we serve.
Alana-Maria is a dedicated advocate for mental health and a recent graduate from University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW).
Her passion for behavioral health stems from her own lived experience with mental health and she hopes to use her experience as a tool to blend professional and peer lead methods to help others who are facing mental health challenges.
During undergraduate school Alana interned at NAMI Pinellas, where she worked on youth mental health initiatives in the community. This transformative experience introduced Alana to the power of peer support.
Her ultimate goal is to help end the stigma surrounding mental health and participate in social justice initiatives on a large scale, driven by a belief that a more empathetic and equitable society is within our reach
Vikki is a Volunteer Peer Supporter. She volunteers with NAMI, Zero Suicide Partners of Pinellas, and the Children's Mental Health Initiative, and the Florida PTA Student Empowerment Committee. She is also a Youth Advocate Certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid.
Vikki enjoys writing, spending time with loved ones; including 2 dogs, dancing and helping others when possible. She is extremely creative in ways of telling her story.
She is a survivor of childhood trauma, domestic violence, bullying, and is a survivor of a family member’s suicide.
Vikki has been diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Depression and Anxiety, and a few other diagnoses.
Vikki is proud to say that she has overcome substance abuse, a severe eating disorder, self-harm, and suicidal ideations and attempts.
Vikki’s goal is to be a light in someone’s life; while helping them to find hope; healing and growth in their recovery journey.
We partner with a variety of organizations and businesses in our community to provide a safe place to be supported, safe, and know that they are not alone. Our Partners share the common interest in helping with youth mental health and wellbeing, teach our youth that they matter and that they are worth living and advocating for themselves.