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Causes: Community Mental Health Centers, Counseling, Education, Family Services, Human Services, Mental Health

Mission: East bay agency for children ("ebac") improves the well-being of children, youth and families by reducing the impact of trauma and social inequalities.

Programs: School-based behavioral health services programs:ebac mental health therapists, who work on-site at schools, counsel children and youth from mainstream classrooms who have been referred by their teachers, principals, parents, and themselves because they are struggling with issues like anxiety, depression, or aggression. Through art, play, and other therapeutic tools, ebac clinicians help these children develop ways to self-regulate their emotions and behaviors. Additionally, clinicians work with teachers and administrators to create trauma-informed school environments and support a positive school climate. Ebac school-based behavioral health staff work on over 40 elementary, middle, and high school campuses in oakland, fremont, hayward, san lorenzo, newark, and san leandro. Each year about 1,000 children receive vital mental health support through ebac's school based behavioral health services.

intensive behavioral health services programs:ebac's intensive behavioral health services provide safe, accessible, and supportive places for children and youth suffering from severe emotional difficulties while they restore abilities to return to mainstream school settings. These programs provide sanctuaries during times of crisis and act as alternatives to hospitalization and residential treatment centers. Intensive behavioral health services programming includes: intensive counseling enriched classrooms' therapeutic nursery school; and, youth empowerment services. Each year ebac typically serves about 125 children and youth through our intensive behavioral health services. Programs include: intensive counseling enriched classrooms: therapeutic classrooms enable children that require more support than available in mainstream classrooms settings to learn techniques for self-regulating their emotions and behavior while receiving academic instruction. An ebac behavioral health therapist works with each child based upon their individualized treatment plan. Behavioral coaches shadow the children all day long in the classroom providing real-time intervention and affirmation to support positive behavioral changes and self-regulation. Nearly 100 children receive these intensive behavioral health services from ebac annually in 6 classrooms in the san leandro and oakland unified school districts. Therapeutic nursery school- the therapeutic nursery school provides early childhood education and comprehensive mental health services for children ages 2 to 6 who need additional support with social, emotional and learning difficulties. Children are referred to the program if their behaviors make it difficult for them to succeed in their current preschool or day care settings. They may have difficulties with aggression and disruptive behaviors, experience sadness and fearfulness, or have had family difficulties. Teaming with the parents, guardians, and community support is an essential component of our comprehensive program. Youth empowerment services (yes) - youth exiting the juvenile justice system require specialized support to give them the best possible chance of success in their transition back to school and home life. Ebac case managers are paired with teens leaving the alameda county juvenile justice center. These case managers work in tandem with the teen to ensure he or she abides by the terms of probation, enrolls in school and attends, receives necessary and/or court mandated counseling, and integrates into a safe family environment.

family and community wellness servicesa strong and stable family is critical to the long-term wellness of children. East bay agency for children provides several types of services that strengthen families and children, building resiliency to face future adversity and, where possible, increasing the potential of preventing exposure to trauma in the first place. Ebac serves over 10,000 children, youth and family members annually through our family and community wellness programming. Programs include:- afterschool programs- ebac operates four afterschool programs atelementary schools in the oakland unified school district. Our comprehensive afterschool programs provide academic support along with enrichment activities, such as arts & crafts, cooking, gardening and music. Often, our program provides the only alternative for children in under-resourced neighborhoods to spend the afterschool hours in a safe and supervised environment. Family engagement activities are a part of our afterschool programs as well and include potlucks, events and showcases as well as educational workshops for parents/guardians on topics they choose, such as nutrition, saving for college, and helping with homework. - child assault prevention ( cap)- cap services teach children and youth how to recognize and respond to situations that are unsafe and abusive, addressing the preventable aspects of child abuse, neglect and other forms of violence. Child assault prevention (cap) workshops are conducted in school classrooms to children and youth from preschool through high school with other specialized trainings offered to parents, care givers, school staff, youth serving professionals, and the community at-large. Grief and loss- our "circle of care" grief and loss program supports children and their families coping with a life threatening illness or the death of a loved one. The program helps children heal and learn to cope with this traumatic experience through specialized support groups, individual and family counseling, crisis support, community trainings and outreach. - family resource centers- ebac operates family resource centers inhayward, oakland, san leandro and fremont. Family resource centers offer convenient, inviting, and helpful places for parents to come for assistance in accessing a myriad of public benefits important to their family's health and wellness. With multilingual and multicultural staff, ebac-run family resource centers help local families access the support services available to them so their children can thrive. Our family resource centers provide services such as: healthcare insurance enrollment and retention (medi-cal and covered california); application assistance for calfresh (food stamps), calworks, social security, in home support services, etc. ; emergency food and clothing; information and referrals for child support, child care, housing, mental health services, etc. ; case management; assistance with school enrollment; and translation and interpretation. Our family resource specialists speak 11 languages and generally come from the communities they serve. - school-based health center - the frick school health & wellness center is a community resource for convenient, high-quality health services for students and families of frick middle school and the surrounding east oakland community. Services include: medical services, dental services, health education, counseling, case management, health insurance enrollment assistance, school nurse, and youth development. Ebac operates the frick school health & wellness center in conjunction with native american health center. Services are provided at no cost and the health center serves children, teens, and adults.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am honored to support East Bay Agency for Children (EBAC) as a board member and donor. EBAC has been providing extensive and highly effective prevention, early intervention, and intensive treatment and related programs to vulnerable children and their families in Alameda County for over 60 years. EBAC staff members have demonstrated leadership in developing innovative new approaches to working with traumatized children, including model art and music-based programs. The dedication of staff and volunteers goes a long way in contributing to the success of local children and their families.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I love East Bay Agency for Children. This is an agency that helps families thrive despite the challenges found in a diverse urban area. From the Therapeutic Nursery School, to young adults on probation, the goal of EBAC is to help the youngsters develop coping skills that they can use throughout life. I am particularly impressed with the multilingual approach of our Healthy Start programs which give newcomers to our country assistance in navigating the web of red tape to get services for their kids.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wish everyone in Alameda and Contra Costa County knew about EBAC! I have never come across an organization that is so devoted to the emotional, physical and educational well being of our kids - from it's Circle of Care for families suffering a loss of a loved one, to the Therapeutic Nursery Center that works with vulnerable preschoolers, to the work done at the Oakland Day School integrating mental health services with OUSD curriculum. It is truly a remarkable organization served by dedicated professionals that care about children. I am both a donor and a volunteer, and encourage all to learn more about these and their many other critical services.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am both a donor and volunteer with EBAC. I think it is a great organization that does an amazing job for a very important cause. Knowing the number of children and their families that EBAC supports year after year, and the fact that this number keeps increasing, is why we have continued our support throughout the years. I also believe EBAC is a well run organization with a strong board and the right people who truly are there for the cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am both a donor to and volunteer for East Bay Agency for Children. I like knowing that my money and efforts are contributed to an extremely well-run and effective agency that benefits thousands of children and their families in the greater East Bay area each year. As the largest non-profit supplier of mental health services to children in schools in Alameda County, EBAC serves a population that truly needs support. With its emphasis on primary prevention, early intervention and intensive treatment services, EBAC delivers on its motto that "if we build strong children there will be fewer adults to mend."

Volunteer

Rating: 5

EBAC's programs change the lives of kids and families in our community. By addressing needs one individual at a time, in their own environment and at the level needed, EBAC does miraculous things for children and families. I like their comprehensive approach to the whole individual. The EBAC professionals are endlessly positive and wonderful. And they are very grateful for support from volunteers!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a former employee and current board member, I firmly believe in EBAC's mission and the work the organization does throughout the community. My current work as a therapist for a marginalized adult population provides further evidence of the profound need for organizations such as EBAC. EBAC's numerous programs provide individuals and their families with a variety of services that enhance the well being of individuals and the community as a whole and thus this is an organization worthy of the community's financial support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

EBAC has 14 different programs that help kids. Starting with registering from school, keeping kids in school, helping kids stay in schol after a trauma, death etc. Help kids stay in school after being in juvenial hall. EBAC is an incredible program that fulfills so many holes that need to be tended to

Volunteer

Rating: 5

helped them with a playground
awesome organization!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The foundation of East Bay Agency for Children's mission is to help the mentally, emotionally and behaviorally challenged children and youth within our community. Often these families are also economically disadvantaged and their needs are difficult to meet without the support of our community. As part of this community, I am blessed and honored to be able to give my time, energy and resources to EBAC.