Jess Alder is the Program Director of the Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationship Initiative at the Boston Public Health Commission. They hold their Masters in Public Administration from Suffolk University. For 4 years Jess was an educator, advocate, and consultant for rape crisis centers in Denver, CO and Boston, MA. They have been working in the field of teen dating violence for the past 10 years in Boston, MA and have over two decades of experience working with young people as an educator, coach, and mentor. Jess has conducted local, national, and international workshops on healthy relationships, healthy break ups, media literacy, and crisis intervention. Most recently, they co-created a Porn Literacy Curriculum for young people which was featured in the New York Times.
Peer Leader Bio
Start Strong Peer Leaders are high school age students that are trained to become young experts in the field of dating violence prevention and healthy relationship promotion. They come from all over Boston and each have a passion for critical thinking, challenging unhealthy behaviors, and sharing their knowledge gained.