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Alonesy was founded in 2020 by Jack Bowers, who was a senior in high school at the time. The personal struggles that Jack encountered throughout his childhood motivated him to take action. Seeking support in today’s society is incredibly difficult due to factors such as stigma, lack of accessibility, and cost of care. Alonesy was established to rectify these issues and help teens before a crisis occurs.
In the United States, there are millions of teenagers, and 1 out of every 5 of them are struggling with mental health, most commonly depressive episodes. Yet, for a multitude of reasons, less than 50% will seek or receive help. Stigma and lack of access, especially to quality care, are among the top reasons why teenagers are reluctant to ask for the help they need in regards to their mental health. This leaves suicide ranking as the 3rd leading cause of death in the teenage population. The teenage years are ones of transition, crucial to molding how they will live and function as adults. The consequences of not addressing the mental health of teens continue into adulthood, often affecting their ability to lead fulfilling lives.
We aim to rectify these issues with Alonesy by offering virtual mentoring at absolutely no cost. Alonesy addresses stigma by offering its services in a platform that feels familiar to teens, but more anonymity than traditional services. The app is free to download and use, allowing access to anyone in need, regardless of their living or financial situation. Users will communicate with their mentor(s) on a regular, on-going basis in order to help them develop positive life and coping skills. Rather than providing help in a time of crisis, we hope to eliminate a crisis situation altogether by providing a safe and understanding space for struggling teens to talk about the struggles they are facing regularly.
We hope that one day every child in the United States feels comfortable opening up about their emotions, thus fostering a more genuine society. It is only through collaborative efforts that this will be attained.
Alonesy aims to provide teens with support through a safe, confidential, and free online platform.
Founder & Executive Director
Jack Bowers is the founder and executive director of Alonesy. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Jack now attends Elon University in North Carolina. As an eighteen year old freshman in college, Jack brings a very unique perspective to our organization. His personal struggles as a child motivates him to do whatever possible to ensure others have access to support. As the director of Alonesy, Jack is responsible for overseeing our volunteers, board members, organizational advisors, and clinical team members. When he’s not working, you can find Jack at college where he’s a full time student pursuing a degree in business management and psychology.
Christopher Littrell (CJ) has been a professional in the banking world for the last fifteen years and currently resides in Clearwater, Florida. He has a passion for community banking and a drive to help small businesses grow and flourish. Community is important to C.J. and he volunteers for various organizations throughout the Tampa Bay area.
C.J. was drawn to Alonesy because of his interest in mentoring young people and promoting mental health awareness. C.J. has seen first-hand how important connection with someone to talk to can greatly benefit those struggling with depression or anxiety, as well as those who just feel lonely from time to time. His wide array of interests from sports, to comic books, to all forms of music and theater allow for easy connections to occur with teammates and mentees.
Director of Human Resources
Amanda Velez is a graduate of Rutgers University with a dual B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Philosophy. Her professional background resides in the fields of adolescent mental health and drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation. She served as the Service Coordinator for her sorority, Delta Phi Epsilon, while an undergrad. Amanda was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2014 as a senior in college, but despite the setback, was able to manage her health to graduate and begin her professional career.
Amanda has passion for helping people in every sense of the saying. She enjoys working with others to become the best possible versions of themselves. During her time in college, overcoming MS, working, and volunteering, she has developed a sense of empathy and code of morality that guides both her personal and professional lives. Her ultimate goal is to leave the world a better place than she found it, and have a positive, meaningful impact on as many lives as possible.