Desiree is a leader who has been working with YOUTH POWER! for two years. Some of her work has included creating a peer support group in a Residential Treatment Facility and also partnering with a state operated children’s hospital to start a youth advisory council. She also serves on the National Youth Leadership Network Board and is a part of the planning team for the SAMHSA BRSS TACs 2013 National Leadership Summit on Youth and Recovery. In 2010 Desiree was awarded the Families Together of New York State outstanding youth advocate award. As a former youth in the foster care system and receiving mental health services Desiree understands the importance of young people feeling supported and having their voice heard. Desiree is currently a college student majoring in event management.