"There are years that question, and years that answer..."
-Zora Neale Hurston
Alesia K. Alexander is a spirited, compassionate, and unique community and youth development advocate with a passion for young people and their potential. She thinks that her professional role is one of the most life-affirming and whole roles she will ever take on (besides being a mother). Alesia came to this vision through her very own personal journey with loss. Her father gave her this mission on his deathbed in 1994 after losing a battle with cancer.
Over the last 20+ years, Alesia has focused on at-risk children and teens in school and community settings, specifically children and teens who have lost a loved one to death. Her educational background includes a BA in Political Science from Hampton University, and a MSW from Florida State University.
Alesia holds a certification in Arts and Community Practice from Florida State University. She also holds a certification in Thanatology. She is the author of three resources for grieving children: Sunflowers and Rainbows for Tia: Saying Goodbye to Daddy (1999), A Mural for Mamita/Un Mural Para Mamita (2001), and Dream Clouds (2011), and a professional helping guide, Tapestries: A Creative & inclusive Approach to Grief Support with Young People & Communities (2013).
All of her books illustrate the universal grief experience and share the many ways in which children and families grieve. She is a licensed clinical social worker in Florida, Georgia and Virginia (License #s: FL: SW8061, GA: CSW003624, VA: 0904010676).
Alesia has served as a consultant on grief, loss, gang intervention, and inclusion in centers across the nation, and internationally. Alesia is currently in private practice in Richmond, VA. Find her here.