The Transition Age Youth (TAY) Peer Mentor Program provides youth and young adults with employment, job and life skills training, and leadership development. We collaborate with ACBHCS TAY System of Care, the BHCS TAY Pool of Consumer Champions (POCC) and other youth and young adult programs across Alameda County and the state.
The TAY Peer Mentors facilitate TAY Leadership Team meetings, a safe space to connect with other young adults to gain and exchange leadership skills, and use those skills to facilitate wellness workshops and trainings to TAY and TAY serving organizations.
TAY Peer Mentor Program and TAY Leadership Team participants are young adults who self-identify as having experience with mental health and value peer support as a tool in maintaining their wellness. Most of the participants also have experience in foster care, and/or juvenile detention or probation systems.
PEERS TAY Program staff, contractors, and interns are young adults who have extensive experience and expertise working with young people of diverse experiences, ethnic, cultural, racial heritage, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, and socio-economic backgrounds. We partner with many community organizations, including Fred Finch Youth Center, Family Education and Resource Center (FERC), Youth In Mind, POCC TAY, WCC Youth Advocate Program, Youth Uprising, Our Space (Bay Area Youth Center), California Youth Connection, Villa Fairmount, Alameda County juvenile justice services, Alliance4Girls, and other community based organizations.
Funding from Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBHCS), private grant-funds, including the Zellerbach Family Foundation, McKenzie Foundation, and support from Cal State East Bay provide PEERS the opportunity to work with youth and young adults through a wide range of activities.
To Reach Out about becoming a TAY Mentor Contact:
Robbie Wilson (TAY Coordinator)
(510) 832-7337 ext. 223
Our Current TAY Mentors Are:
Ratu Orisi Lalabalavu goes by Orisi. Orisi is a Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Peer Mentor at Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (PEERS). Orisi has a history for being involved with young adults/youth for engagement and empowerment programs from being a Mentor with Mentoring in Medicine & Sciences for 4 years, Educational Opportunities Program (EOP), TRIO Program for UC Davis Educational Talent Search(ETS), and others. As a first generation college student, he believes that higher education should be a right for all and not just a privilege. Orisi believes in equitable healthcare especially around eliminating the stereotypes, discrimination, and stigma of mental health. Following his passions of education and healthcare, he is always engaging with learning more about providing resources for marginalized communities especially when it comes to equitable healthcare resources.
For fun Orisi loves to read, travel, play music, learn different fun facts in life, hang with friends and family, and learn about other cultures as well.
Elisha Carlisle was introduced to PEERS when she was invited to attend a two day Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) group in the summer of 2018. Experiencing the material of WRAP and resonating with it, she started implementing it into her life to enhance her mental and physical wellness.
Now Elisha works as a Transition Age Youth (TAY) Peer Mentor where she currently provides community outreach events and other means of support to her peers along with WRAP and Wellness workshops. Elisha’s main advocacy goal when facilitating workshops and when providing resources is to spread the message to young adults that obtaining and maintaining a wholesome and holistic physical and mental wellness is achievable.
During her free time, she loves to spend time with her family and friends. She enjoys being out in nature, going ice skating, roller skating, and having random dance parties after long naps!
Taji Davis- Watkins a 23-year old Oakland Native, Identifies as a person who has lived experience with mental health challenges. Before becoming a TAY Peer mentor at PEERS, Taji Worked for OUSD as an Afterschool Program Director and PE Coach, Taji also ran a life skills class for young Boys at Schools such as Allendale Elementary and Horace Mann Elementary. When he is not trying to make a difference in his community in the field of mental health, he’s chasing his dreams and making a difference through his music.