Robert Lettieri received his bachelor’s degree in Community Health and Human Services from SUNY Empire State University and currently works for the New York State Office of Mental Health. He is an international speaker and advocate who is passionate about creating a more inclusive and supportive society. Growing up in both the health care and mental health systems, he is dedicated to advocating for others who have endured both similar and abstract hardships. Robert’s expertise revolves around supervising youth and adult peer advocates. He has developed and implemented several wellness education programs, including the Junior Youth Peer Advocate Training Program; a youth peer-led wellness education program that has been implemented in high schools and community organizations across New York State. He partnered with BOCES and NYSED to secure a contract to receive funding and reimbursement for the program within every public school district in New York State. Robert also collaborated with SUNY Empire State University to secure 12 college credits for all individuals who hold a Professional YPA Credential. Robert has led a statewide workforce and collaborated with numerous statewide and national organizations to advocate for the expansion and sustainability of the peer workforce.