Project Eden was founded in the late 1960’s by a Castro
Valley pediatrician and a Hayward School District administrator responding to
the escalating drug problems of the community’s youth.
For over thirty years, Project Eden has provided a wide variety
of substance abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment services to children,
adolescents, adults, families, and communities in the Hayward and San Lorenzo
Project Eden receives Private (Foundations) and Public (City,
County, and State) funding to support our services. We also receive donations
from community individuals and organizations.
Our programs have identified an increasing need for services
for youth who are already using or abusing alcohol or other drugs, or who are
exhibiting behavior which puts them at extremely high risk for abusing alcohol
or other drugs. (Such at-risk behavior might include living in a family where
a parent or other family member is or has been abusing alcohol or other drugs;
having a conflictual relationship with parents; getting bad grades at school;
having conduct problems at home and school; getting in trouble with the juvenile
justice system; struggling with sexual identity issues; or suffering from emotional
problems such as depression.)
Project Eden provides the following services assist youth,
their families, and communities through the following services:
Youth Services Program (YSP)
provides psycho-educational support groups in the Hayward and San Lorenzo Unified
School Districts. We are at the following school campuses one-day a week: Hayward
Unified School District – Winton Middle School, Bret Harte Middle School,
Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, Ochoa Middle School, Cesar Chavez Middle
School, and Hayward High School; San Lorenzo Unified School District – Edendale
Middle School and Royal Sunset High School; and New Haven School District –
James Logan High School. Students are referred by faculty, staff or themselves
for education and counseling on issues such as substance abuse, decision making,
depression, anger management, and conflict resolution. YSP staff also provides
crisis intervention; information and referral; and consultation with school staff.
Summer Youth Program (SYP) offers
peer counselor training to youth ages 12-18, as well as educational and fun field
trips to such sites as the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the Monterey Bay Aquarium,
and the Lawrence Hall of Science. This two-week program is offered three times
Project Eden’s Lambda Youth
Project (LYP) provides services to young people who identify as gay, lesbian,
bisexual or transgender and are at significantly higher risk of alcohol and other
drug abuse, depression, and suicide. Since 1992, Lambda has provided a safe, supportive
environment for these youth and their friends to meet and discuss the issues that
they deal with in their day- to-day lives. A support group for youth ages 20 and
under meets weekly. Clean and sober activities such as the Annual Gay Prom and
participation in the AIDS Walk are organized and sponsored by Lambda. Lambda’s
Speaker’s Bureau gives the community opportunities to learn from these youth
about how to make schools and communities safe. (www.gayprom.org)
Youth and Family Counseling Program (YFCP) provides the following
Assessment: Youth and Family Counseling staff
will meet with a teen and his/her family to assess the nature and degree of the
problem. This process will involve meeting with the teen individually, with the
parent(s), and with the whole family together. A treatment plan will be developed
that meets the unique needs of each family and may include any or all of the following:
Individual Counseling: Individual sessions
with the adolescent will provide a safe, confidential place for the teen to establish
a trusting relationship with an adult where he/she can discuss the challenges
of living an alcohol and drug free life; identify and clarify his/her own goals
and how to go about achieving them; and discuss and discover better ways to get
along with his/her family.
Family Counseling: Counseling sessions with
the whole family will focus on rebuilding damaged relationships; educating the
whole family about substance abuse; helping the family establish clear rules and
consequences regarding the adolescent’s behavior; and supporting the adolescent
in finding ways to live a healthy lifestyle without using alcohol or other drugs.
Group Counseling: Group counseling will be
offered so that teens as well as their parents/legal guardians can meet and discuss
the challenges of substance abuse. Families are taught to support each other in
the process of leading healthier, drug –free, and productive lives. As a
chemically dependent adolescent moves away from a lifestyle that has centered
on using drugs, it is critical to establish a new circle of friends who are also
trying to be clean and sober. Positive peer group support is critical to the success
of a young person making changes in his/her life.
Parent Support Group: Group sessions for
parents/legal guardians that address issues of teen recovery, family relationships,
anger management, conflict resolution, effective parenting, and co-dependency
may be offered as the need arises.
Fees: Youth Services Program (YSP), Lambda Youth Project (LYP),
and Summer Youth Program (SYP) services are free to all participants. Youth and
Family Counseling Program services (YFCP) are offered on a sliding fee scale.
There is an initial $40.00 charge for the Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment. We
accept Medi-Cal Insurance.
No one is refused services due to inability to pay.