Youth & Family Peer Support Alliance (the Alliance) was established as a family-run organization in 2014 as a part of the sustainability plan for ACCESS Initiative of Champaign County.
Regina Crider, the founder and Executive Director of the Alliance worked as an advocate for youth and families for more than 13 years across various systems throughout Champaign County.
Learning to navigate the education and mental health systems for her daughter has made Regina passionate about equipping and empowering other parents to do the same for their own children. It is her belief that families can solve their own problems when they are given the appropriate support in order to do so. She continues to work diligently to promote children’s mental health awareness, family-driven, youth-guided and culturally competent services and support for families and youth through the Alliance’s presence throughout the state of Illinois.
Raising a child with serious behavioral health needs motivated Regina to commit to helping others with her own personal story, to train parents and service providers as well as to present at local and national conferences on a variety of topics pertaining children’s mental health.
Regina has been married to her husband Damon for 17 years and she has two children, DeAndre’ and DaYanna.