Adult & Youth Mental Health First Aid 

You are more likely to encounter someone — a friend, family member, coworker, neighbor, or member of the community — in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care. Anyone can take the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course — first responders, students, teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resources professionals, and caring citizens.

Mental Health First Aid teaches:

  • Risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns.
  • Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and substance abuse.
  • A 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health concern or in crisis.
  • Available evidence-based professional, peer, and self-help resources

You Matter Academy 

You Matter Academy provides an array of social-emotional learning (SEL) services that promote emotional wellness and academic enrichment in East Cleveland and neighboring communities. ECNC SEL programs are designed to empower students through the five CASEL competencies (Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision Making) and impact attitudes about substance abuse through culturally relevant instruction and evidence-based curricula and activities. Our SEL programs build on strengths as well as identify and address problems and behaviors that require support. They are structured to inform, educate, develop skills, create healthy attitudes, and alter at-risk behaviors by promoting resiliency. 

Parent Cafe

The ECNC Parent Cafés are parent-led community groups in which parents/guardians laugh, share, learn, and find support. These parent groups provide opportunities for families to discuss matters vital to them. The goal of group discussions and activities is to empower families through the following protective factors which have been proven to be effective in strengthening families.

  • Parental Resilience
  • Social Connections
  • Concrete Support in Times of Need
  • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  • Social and Emotional Competence of Children


Substance Abuse Prevention Education 

Substance abuse has a number of negative health consequences, one of which is an increased risk of addiction. According to SAMHSA, chronic drug use can result in heart or lung disease, cancer, mental health problems, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and other diseases, whereas short-term use can result in heart attack, stroke, psychosis, overdose, and death. The encouraging news is that substance abuse is preventable. The ECNC prevention program addresses the root causes of drug use, protects our families and children, and intervenes before addiction begins. We provided evidence-based substance abuse prevention education programs to help students develop resistance to and protective factors against substance abuse. These prevention education services are also provided at ECNC's headquarters as part of its after-school and summer enrichment programming.

Community Youth Diversion Program

The East Cleveland Neighborhood Center Community Youth Diversion Program is conducted in collaboration with the City of East Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court. This voluntary prevention program for young first-time offenders of misdemeanors or status offenses is designed to divert youth away from further juvenile court involvement.  Through collaboration with the juvenile court system, voluntarily assigned youth are sanctioned to participate in community services and prevention program(s).  They are required to attend a series of classes where attendance, engagement, and performance are monitored.