Brittyn Calyx took on the role of Peer Specialist Program Assistant at Access to Independence, the contracting organization for the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative, in late August 2019. Brittyn began working as a Certified Peer Specialist in Wisconsin in 2014 and has engaged in peer support and training facilitation in a variety of settings including peer-run respites, community centers, institutions, and cafes. Prior to taking on this role with Access to Independence, Brittyn served as a Community Coordinator with the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community, House Manager with Solstice House Peer-Run Respite in Madison, and DVR Peer Support Specialist with Grassroots Empowerment Project.
Brittyn is grateful that working in peer support offers her an opportunity to uniquely be with others and struggle for human rights while centering principles such as self-determination, the recognition of personal strengths, and healing through relationship and community. In her personal time, Brittyn loves connecting with her family (cats included!), exploring restorative nature spots, playing board games, and fully embracing her inner nerd.