At a Glance
This page provides an overview of the history and mission of partner organizations and highlights the programs and services they provide.
Acknowledge Alliance, formerly Cleo Eulau Center
Acknowledge Alliance, formerly Cleo Eulau Center, works closely with educators and school communities to help them better understand and address the social and emotional wellness of their students. They recognize that there are many factors outside of the classroom that affect student performance inside the classroom.
Their unique model uses resiliency techniques to first build the confidence, efficacy and strengths of educators, who then support their students in new, positively constructive ways.
A strong, caring relationship is created that leads to a healthier learning environment where students and teachers can flourish. They also provide direct, individual and group psychotherapy to at-risk youth.
Founded in 1994, Acknowledge Alliance currently serves 250 educators and 3000 students at 11 local schools in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
Acknowledge Alliance is proud to be a 15-year partner with SMCOE. Through the Collaborative Counseling Program (CCP) at SMCOE Court and Community Schools, they provide renewed hope and confidence to over 150 at-risk students, ages 12-18, facing extreme challenges by offering group and individual therapy.
The nature of this collaboration is defined by a general willingness to facilitate services, trusting relationships and a body of practical expertise in working with this youth population - those on probation or who have been expelled.
For many of these students, Acknowledge Alliance provides the only counseling intervention available and is a critical component to their overall success.
For more information, visit the Acknowledge Alliance website.
Each One Reach One
Each One Reach One (EORO) began in 1997, as an advocacy organization to divert incarcerated youth and youth on probation from a life in prison. As a long-time community activist and former actress, Robin Sohnen saw a need to serve her San Mateo County community. Her strong urge to address issues within the juvenile justice system and her meeting of an incarcerated young writer, Maria Rocha, were the inspiration for the founding of Each One Reach One.
Each One Reach One (EORO) believes that young people have the right to learn from the choices that landed them in a lock-down facility, and when given the opportunity and encouragement that they will take personal responsibility for building a better future for themselves.
Over the past fifteen years, the organization has evolved into a unique non-profit that organizes the community to participate in diversion programs serving detained youth. The mentor-based program model engages over 100 community members annually as individual mentors, tutors, actors, and guest speakers while promoting cooperation and collaboration among the juvenile justice systems various components.
You can find more information at their website: www.eoro.org.
El Centro de Libertad
El Centro de Libertad was created in April 1994 to meet the needs of low income Spanish and English speaking members of the community who have problems with substance abuse, alcoholism and other related problems.
Recovery exists for everyone willing to take an honest look at themselves and devote the time and energy the recovery process demands. Staff works closely with clients to help them overcome their personal barriers to treatment. Many have learned how to live meaningful and successful lives free of addiction.
The Freedom Center provides a variety of treatment programs to support recovery:
- Individual Prevention Services
- School-based Services
- Environmental Prevention
- Primary Treatment Services for Adults
- Specialized Treatment Groups
- Trauma-informed Treatment for Transitional Age Youth
- Youth Treatment Services
- Youth Leadership Opportunities
- Family and Parent Education
- Continuing Care Services
- Relapse Prevention
- Anger Management for adults and adolescents
- Domestic Violence Groups
- Therapy Services-Individual therapy, Couples counseling, Family therapy
- Parenting Classes
- Drug Testing
They also provide:
- On-site Psychiatrist
- On-site 12 step meetings-Narcotics Anonymous, Dual Recovery Anonymous, Alanon
- Alumni Groups
- Executive Coaching
- Programs for Employee Assistance Programs
For more information, visit their website at: www.freedomcentercounseling.org.
F.L.Y. (Fresh Lifelines for Youth)
Given tight budgets and high demand, the legal system is poorly equipped to address the root causes of juvenile crime. Statistics show that incarceration does little to reduce recidivism. During their formative years, teens struggle to make good choices. In 1998, juvenile offenders addressed this problem by creating Fresh Lifelines for Youth, otherwise known as FLY.
Fresh Lifelines for Youth helps teens in trouble learn to make healthy decisions. The organization provides at-risk and disadvantaged youth with vital information regarding the decisions they make in their lives. They provide well-trained mentors who listen. And FLY gives its graduates the opportunity to advance to a leadership program where they use their knowledge and skills to give back to their communities. One of FLY's programs, a year-long one, has a striking 85% success rate. All at one tenth the cost of incarceration.
The Law Programs teach at-risk youth about the law and consequences of crime. They help teens build life skills such as empathy, problem solving, and anger management.
The Mentoring Program provides positive role models for youth and helps them make healthy decisions and overcome addictions.
The Leadership Training Program is a year-long program in which FLY law and mentoring program graduates design and complete community service projects while working with a case manager.
To find out more on these programs, visit the Fresh Lifelines for Youth website.