Julia Child once said “find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it,” and that’s what Alex Tape-Birge did.
Alex attended New Mexico Military institute, where she originally studied Geological Engineering. Her minor was in Psychology. Alex found that psychology classes, and people in general, came easily to her. People sought her out to talk, and opened up to her. One day, her abnormal psychology professor asked to speak with her, and wondered why she was only minoring in psychology. The next morning, Alex changed her educational major from Engineering to Psychology. She obtained her Masters’ degree in Psychology from Capella University while stationed in Germany with her husband, who is an Active Duty Air Force service member.
Alex began her work with at-risk youth in 2003 teaching GED classes at a branch school for University of New Mexico, and worked with the 13th Judicial District Juvenile Drug Court developing their educational program and vocational development. Later, Alex worked with Youth Development Inc. (YDI) in Albuquerque, NM, as a case manager for their transitional living facility. Finally, Alex shifted her scope of work at YDI to work with the Juvenile Community Corrections program. She brings considerable skill of working with at-risk youth to HYC. In her spare time, Alex is settling into life back in “the States” with her husband and children.