To promote the lifelong resilience in children and youth by strengthening the caring capacity of the adults who influence their lives

Since 1994, Acknowledge Alliance (formerly the Cleo Eulau Center) has used the power of fostering resilience to help build positive connections between teachers and students to open the doors to learning and well-being. The foundation of Acknowledge Alliance started with the belief, that when a child has a caring adult in their life who holds high expectations and believes in them, they can succeed despite adversities. Acknowledge Alliance serves K-12 schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, integrating resilience into all levels of learning by: mentoring educators, counseling at-risk youth and teaching social emotional learning lessons for the whole classroom. 

When it comes to strengthening resilience, social emotional learning and caring relationships are essential. Social emotional learning is what allows children and adults to control their behavior, understand how their personal behavior impacts others, and enables them to empathize and collaborate with others. When teachers cultivate their own social emotional skills and practice self-care, they are able to respond to challenging moments with compassion and understanding, rather than shame and punishment. For adolescents who are on verge of completely falling out of the education system, Acknowledge connects them with one of our therapist interns. Through counseling and support, youth develop the coping skills needed to overcome obstacles and strive towards graduation. More students feel connected to school because of the improved relationships with their teachers, peers and counselor. Our approach transforms the course of young peoples’ lives and empowers them to realize their fullest potential.