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Metamorphosis: the Butterfly Experience

At the innocent age of four, Alicia found her mother’s lifeless body in their small dwelling. Shortly there after her life turned volatile with the introduction to life of physical and sexual abuse. The death of her mother, paralleled with the ending of her childhood, and the on-set of her foster care journey to a abuse and self-destruction. At four and a half, Alicia experienced sexual abuse by the hands of someone who was suppose to protect her innocence. After, many bouts in foster homes; she joined the local gang selling illegal drugs for survival. At 15 years old she was forced to leave her last foster home in Pasadena, homeless, and a high school drop-out. By the time Alicia was 16 she had checked all of the statistic boxes that indicated death. Three years later at the age of 19, she had 3 children, no direction, guidance nor support.

Her metamorphosis of being a former drug dealer, gang member, and a victim of child abuse and domestic violence, teenage mother and high school drop-out, Alicia had now mothered six children and started her educational journey. Her journey began after a violent physical attack from yet another toxic relationship where she sustained a broken jaw and other injuries. It was then she made a vow to God, simply put, “If you remove him out of my life, I will serve You” and God did just that.

This year Alicia will be presenting at the 2017 Illinois Association for Behavioral Health Conference. "Transitional Age Youth: Dispelling Myths and Stereotypes"

Alicia Cass’ presentation will explore cultural, generational and community trauma impacting transitional agenda youth (TAY). She will break down the stereotypes about mental health and addiction that prevent youth and families from seeking help. By reviewing causality factors, she will address some of the misunderstandings that often occur regarding the TAY population. Using her own experiences as a backdrop, Ms. Cass will lead the audience through navigation of multiple systems (child protection services, probation, human and social services, etc.), which can often blame and shame youth. The audience will leave with a better understanding of how to better serve this critical population.

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