Ashton Daley (he/him/his) is a proud member of the Recovery community, Transgender and Queer community, a passionate advocate, and currently serves as the Youth/Young Adult Recovery Program Director for Youth Voices Matter-NY, the youth program within Friends of Recovery-NY. His educational background highlights Ashton earning his Bachelor’s degree in Social work at Slippery Rock University, then his Master’s degree in Social Work with a MACRO concentration at University at Albany. Along the way, Ashton has earned certifications in Psychological First Aid, Human Services Management, and is a Provisional Certified Recovery Peer Advocate. In his professional career, Ashton has held multiple positions working with a wide range of populations including youth, the elderly, people experiencing addiction and people in recovery, people living with Alzheimer’s, and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, all of whom having identities ranging across all gender, ability, sexuality, racial, ethnic, and religious identities. Ashton is a firm believer in being of service to the community around him. He holds multiple service positions through his recovery program, volunteers in the community, and serves as a volunteer youth mentor for trans-identifying young people in the Capital Region.
Uniquely positioned to take in the wisdom of older generations and draw on their experience living through a global youth mental health pandemic, Youth Voices must be heard in the conversation of how best to support youth mental health. Isaiah Santiago, a 19-year-old youth advocate recently elected to the Rochester City School Board, will facilitate a diverse panel of youth (high school age to 25) who will share their views on what it will take to support youth mental wellness in their communities.