Project Eden Youth Outpatient & Prevention Services

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Overview | Outpatient Treatment | Our School Partners | LAMBDA Youth Project | Drop-In Center 

About Project Eden

Project Eden was founded in the late 1960s by a Castro Valley pediatrician and a Hayward Unified School District administrator who were responding to the escalating drug problems of the community’s youth.

Since then, Project Eden has provided a wide variety of substance abuse prevention, education, intervention and treatment services to children, adolescents, adults, families and communities in the Hayward, Castro Valley, San Leandro, Union City, Livermore, Dublin, Pleasanton, and San Lorenzo areas.

Our programs have identified an increasing need for services for youth who are already using or abusing alcohol, marijuana, fentanyl, 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 and anxiety.

At Project Eden, we run several programs to assist youth, their families, and our local communities to address problems with substance use among young people in Alameda County.

Struggling with Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, or Other Drugs?

Text 510-256-9420 and someone will text you back between Monday and Friday, 9am to 5pm. If this is an emergency, call 911. If you are feeling suicidal and want to harm yourself, call 988.

Youth & Family Counseling Program
(Outpatient Treatment)

The Youth and Family Counseling Program addresses the physical, emotional, psychological, social, and educational needs of adolescents and their families, from a foundation of compassionate care, SUD expertise, and unconditional support and caring.

Ready for Change? Here’s What You Can Expect!


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.

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
  • Discuss and discover better ways to get along with his/her family
  • Introduction to recovery community

Family Counseling

Family 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
  • 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 use. Parent Family Group is where families are taught to support each other in the process of leading healthier, drug-free and productive lives with their youth. 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 or her life.

Parent Support Group

Group sessions for parents or 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.

Youth Services Program

Substance Misuse Prevention & Education

This program provides substance misuse education & supportive services to the New Haven, Pleasanton, Hayward, Dublin, Livermore Joint Valley, Berryessa Union, Santa Clara, Milpitas, San Leandro, and San Lorenzo school districts. Students are referred by faculty, staff, families, or themselves for Substance Use Disorder (SUD) prevention, education, and support for myriad issues including substance misuse, decision making, a lack of refusal skills, anxiety, depression, anger management and parental conflict. Available services include SUD prevention and education sessions, classroom presentations, parent workshops, faculty professional development, community cultural events, and tabling at school sites as well as in the community. Our Prevention Specialists can provide crisis intervention, information and referral, and consultation with school staff and community members. Youth Services Program uses evidence-based curriculums such as Botvin’s Life Skills, Be Brave Be Sensitive suicide prevention, Project SUCCESS, Brief Intervention, Safety First Training, and Prime Solutions.

Our Youth Services Program Provides On-Campus Services Year-Round in Alameda & Santa Clara Counties at the Following School Campuses:

Alameda County

Hayward Unified School District

Tennyson High School
Hayward High School
Mt Eden High School
Hayward High School

Dublin Unified School District

Emerald High School
Dublin High School
Fallon Middle School
Wells Middle School

New Haven Unified School District

Conley Caraballo High School

San Lorenzo Unified District***

KIPP King High School

San Lorenzo Unified School District

Arroyo High School
East Bay Arts

Pleasanton Unified School District

Village High School
East Bay Arts

Santa Clara County

Berryessa Union Unified School District

Sierra Mont Middle School
Piedmont Middle School
Morrill Middle School

Santa Clara Unified School District

MacDonald High School
Santa Clara High School
Wilcox High School

Milpitas Unified School District

Milpitas High School
Calaveras High School

Our Lambda Youth Project

Mental Health Services for LGBTQIA+ Youth

This program provides services to young people who identify as LGBTQIA+. We know that these youth are at a significantly higher risk of alcohol and other drug use, depression, anxiety, 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. Clean and sober activities such as the Annual Pride Prom and participation in Castro Valley, Dublin, Hayward, Oakland, San Francisco Pride events are organized and sponsored by LAMBDA Youth Project.

LAMBDA’s Speakers Bureau gives the community opportunities to learn from our youth about how to make schools and communities safe, equitable, and inclusive for LGBTQIA+ youth and young adults. Young people have spoken at police departments, service providers, elementary schools. Do you need a young person to speak at your program or agency? Please contact us to make a formal request.

LGBTQIA+ Youth & Young Adult Drop-In Center

(Ages 12 to 24)

Benefits at our center

  • Hang out with other youth
  • Connect over similar interests like music, art, video games, and more!
  • Develop friendships and memories with our seasonal field trips
  • Access to mental health services
  • Get involved in the community
  • Achieve personal goals

How Can We Help?

We can connect you to mental health support, links to health care, substance misuse and prevention services, and more. Our team can even help you find employment, reconnect with your school, and provide you with access to our computer for resumé writing and job hunting.

The staff includes Youth Peer Specialists, Youth Interns, A Case Manager, and a Mental Health Specialist.

We also offer a variety of Youth Engagement Programming, developed by youth themselves! These programs provide a space for you to connect with like-minded peers, explore your creativity, find a sense of self, and even engage in leadership and advocacy positions both within and outside of the Center!

A wide range of programing includes topics like the following. Promote healthy and supportive relationships, encourage imaginative and innovative thinking, and learn skills and tools essential to achieving personal goals and thriving within a community. Whether that’s joining an art activity, participating in interactive games, or engaging in any number of other youth-led recreational activities, you’ll find a chance to let your true self shine.

Confidentiality in Care – protecting confidentiality is vital to young people’s health and well-being and plays a key role in health throughout their lives.

Free & Affordable Counseling Options

Youth Services Program, Lambda Youth Project, and Drop-In Center services are free to all participants. Youth and Family Counseling Program services are offered on a sliding fee scale. There is an initial $40 charge for the alcohol and other drug assessment. We also accept Medi-Cal insurance.

No one is refused services due to inability to pay.