Hello, My name is Derrick Mcneil, and I was born and raised here in Houston in the Lower Third Ward area. Growing up, both of my parents are recovering addicts, so my childhood gives me a unique perspective for the youth in the community we contact. I first began mentoring around 2015. I started volunteering at Windsor Village United Methodist Church Recovery Program for youth suffering from drugs and alcohol in our community. I soon received my state certificate license as a Recovery Coach from Unlimited Visions Aftercare. That experience leads me to work with the non-profit organization Teen and Family Services(TAFS), where I continued my work with adolescents and teens in recovery. Our focus was helping teens that dealt with substance abuse issues, social anxiety, and mental health issues. That opportunity led me to work with Provision Academy Boys Basketball Team to help lead a group of young men through whatever problems they faced both in school and in their community. In 2018, I also received my certificate in Alcohol and Drug Education, Prevention Ethics, andPrevention education from the Institute of Chemical Dependency Studies (ICDS). My skills include leadership, accountability, communication, approachability, and compassion. I lend a unique perspective for this organization as someone who has mentored the youth in my community for years and made it out of my community dealing with similar issues. When I speak, it is not just theory but also experiences dealing with the same issues that affect my community. My passion is showing young men and women that there is a way out, and it is my job to show them that way, not just by theory but by positive, constructive instructions to help lead to a better life.