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NNED Partner of the Month
Posted: January 01, 2018
In order to highlight pockets of excellence across the country the NNED selects an organization to highlight once a month. Alum Rock Counseling Center has been selected as the Partner of the Month for January in recognition of National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (last week of January).
In 1974, Alum Rock Counseling Center (ARCC) began its critical work by addressing the academic, social, and mental health needs of at-risk youth and families, living in the extremely high-need area of East San Josè, CA. Due to the lack of linguistically sensitive and culturally appropriate practitioners and services, many of the predominantly Spanish-speaking individuals in this region were “falling through the cracks” of the legal, educational, and health systems into lives of poverty, academic failure, illness, incarceration, addiction, and victimization. A group of active community members founded ARCC in the hopes of providing this community with the culturally proficient counseling and professional support they needed in order to lead healthier, safer, and more productive lives.
For 40 years, ARCC’s programs have helped to keep at-risk youth safe, in school, and drug- and violence-free. Alum Rock Counseling Center serves over 6,000 youth and their families a year, and currently has nearly 100 full-time employees and over 100 volunteers, with close to 80% of direct services staff being culturally and linguistically reflective of the community it serves. Although there are other non-profit organizations providing mental health & specialized educational support services to Santa Clara County residents, ARCC is the only agency that serves youth (ages 0-19) with a specific focus on the East/Central San José area, serving a high percentage (approximately 70%) of Latino, immigrant, and monolingual clients in the region.
Today, ARCC operates around a dozen different programs on a continuum of care, addressing truancy/school failure, anger management, juvenile delinquency, gang activity, drug/alcohol abuse, and family violence. THe ARCC's continuum of care, working with youth and families at a variety of risks, promotes long-term, positive outcomes in a community challenged by struggles for adequate healthcare and professional support.
View a list of previous NNED Partners of the Month here.