Assistant Director of Programming, COO
Dreamcatcher Initiative, Inc.
Alexis recognizes how essential it is for youth, especially youth transitioning from system involvement back into the community, to be the co-authors of their transition plan. Her focus is on bridging the gap between youth and community dialogue, introducing entrepreneurship and effective decision-making to youth. Alexis believes that the assumptions being made about what the community and the youth have or know need to stop. Her goal is to halt those conventions by working directly with the community and youth to discuss their identified needs, services, and supports, and to provide them with the resources and information that they may not have access to but may need. Often youth return from the system to a community that expects them to show up differently, but the community has not changed, and we have to change that expectation.
MORE ABOUT ALEXIS
What compels Alexis to move toward a collective vision of meaningful change that gains know-how, access, and information are her lived and personal experiences. Her journey has shown the importance of being brave but not without falling several times. She takes those experiences and uses them to share her story of shame yet bravery, her encounter with failure, and her ability to find grace. Alexis has surrounded herself with movement builders who challenge the norm and want to change the narrative. She takes life’s lessons, couples them with the community’s needs, and works with individuals or groups to develop a journey that they are the authors of! Alexis works to strengthen existing power and reminds those who need it that it’s OK not to know it all and not to have it all figured out.