Javier is recognized both nationally and internationally as a leader in developing effective strategies for youth and community mobilization. His experience and expertise come from more than 20 years of work with Youth to Youth International. He believes that change for the better in our world, our country, our communities, and our schools isn’t just happening to young people, it’s happening through them. Javier specializes in helping teens and their adult allies develop strategies for relevant, effective and sustainable community impact. In 2003 he was awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Developing Leaders in Reducing Substance Abuse Fellowship and is a graduate of the Ray Miller Institute for Change and Leadership. His company, R.E.A.C.H. Communications, Inc. (Reaching Excellence in Attitude, Character, and Health) is a boutique marketing firm that uses the “by youth, for youth” approach to create cutting-edge health and wellness messages and communication strategies that effectively reach and engage our most disenfranchised communities and vulnerable populations.
Javier has written two books, a children’s book for fathers and daughters entitled “Look in My Mirror” and a book designed to help students, artists, activists, and entrepreneurs add process to their passion entitled “From This Moment On.” He also works behind the scenes as a technical consultant on film and TV projects. His love for stand-up comedy has given him the opportunity to perform at comedy clubs all over the United States as well as the world-famous Lincoln Theater in New York City and even Disney World!
When he’s not doing the work he loves, Javier is most likely at home playing board games with his family, reading a good book, or teaching himself how to play the piano.
Javier received his BA in Behavioral Studies from Capital University.