James Morehouse Project

…Connecting health and opportunities to El Cerrito High School.

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In January 2010, the ECHS health center changed its name from the Community Project to the James Morehouse Project. We took on James Morehouse’s name to honor his 35 years of service to the El Cerrito High School community. Mr. Morehouse loved, mentored and inspired two generations of staff and students (from 1968-2003), and in taking on his name, we commit to carry on his legacy of love, respect and service for generations to come.

Phone: (510) 524-8252
Address: ECHS Room A-210, 540 Ashbury Ave., El Cerrito, CA 94530

Services and Programs 2010-11

The James Morehouse Project works to create positive change in the El Cerrito High School community through health services, counseling, academic support and the arts. Founded in 1998, the James Morehouse Project assumes youth have the skills, values and commitments to make positive change happen in their own lives and the life of our school community. The James Morehouse Project partners with community and government agencies, local providers and universities.

How to get involved or access services:

Youth can connect with all of our services and programs directly by dropping in at the James Morehouse Project (ECHS – Room A210) or friends, teachers, parents and others can refer students by filling out our orange “Resource Request” form available at the James Morehouse Project, the ECHS Counselors’ Offices, Student Services, or the ECHS Main Office.

Medical Services:

Reproductive Health and Primary Care Medical Services: Brookside Community Health Center (BCHC) provides primary care medical services and health education.

The services provided include:

  • Physicals
  • Vision and hearing screenings
  • Treatment of ongoing conditions (asthma, diabetes, etc.)
  • First-aid & urgent care
  • Reproductive health counseling and education
  • Vaccinations & TB Tests
  • Sexual Health (contraceptives, condoms, pregnancy testing, “morning after pill”, and STI testing)
  • Health Education

Counseling and Youth Development Services/Groups:


  • Individual Crisis Counseling: Immediate crisis assessment and intervention.
  • Individual Weekly Counseling: Weekly sessions with a MSW intern or staff person.
  • Lunchtime and After-School Drop-In Hours: Students are invited to come and be in the James Morehouse Project during lunch and after school.
  • Peer Conflict Mediation: Students receive year-long training and support to provide conflict mediation to peers (facilitated by CP staff).
  • Referrals to Outside Agencies: Provided by JM counselors after check-in conversation.
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Group: For students cited on campus or at school events for being under the influence/in possession of alcohol or other drugs, and other interested students.
  • Da Rainbow Clique: Research, action and support group for LGBTQ students of color, and their allies.
  • Familias Unidas: Students discuss various teen-related topics including relationships, health rights and pregnancy prevention.
  • It’s Not Good-Bye (Grief Group): For students who have lost a loved one in their life. The death could have happened recently or many years ago.
  • Short-Term and In Class Programs: The New Conservatory Theatre presents educational theater and other local agencies provide classroom education in 9th grade class on a variety of health related issues.

EC After Hours (After School Program) Groups & Activities:

  • Academic Support, Tutoring: The ACE Center (Academic Coaching for Excellence) provides tutoring in every subject, as well as a quiet and friendly place to do homework.
  • Angaza: Student leadership and mentoring program.
  • Artist Collective: Student artists working across media to design and publish an arts magazine.
  • Athletic Tutoring: Teams meet together with U.C. Berkeley tutors for twice weekly academic support during their athletic season.
  • Discovering the Realities of Our Communities (DROC): A youth leadership group that designs a research project and takes action related to preventing alcohol and other drug abuse in the community.
  • EC Leaders: Designed to be the youth voice at the Community Project, this is a group of student leaders who support staff to select activities and develop outreach strategies for EC After Hours.
  • Jazz Band: The Gaucho Jazz Band.
  • Live Chat: A group designed for all ages and backgrounds, Live Chat is a powerful face-to-face tool that helps us express ourselves and build closer relationships by talking about issues that affect our lives.
  • Marching Band: The Gaucho Marching Band.
  • Music Production: Students learn to produce their own music in a state-of-the-art recording studio on campus.
  • MyStrength Young Men’s Group: A group for young men that talks about issues related to prevention of relationship violence.
  • Peer Health Education: Students are trained and supported to present workshops to their peers and to provide one-to-one peer health education.
  • Portraits: A creative writing group for young women where students use their hardships and experiences to create beauty through their words and voices.
  • Pregnant & Parenting Group: Support group for students who are currently pregnant or parenting.
  • Roots: Theatre/Spoken Word artists work with students who have had a family member in jail or prison. Over the course of the year, the group develops a spoken word piece to be performed to an audience of peers/family members.
  • Strong Women Acting Together (SWAT): A group for young women related to prevention of relationship violence.
  • Teen Alive: For young men addressing issues related to anger and violence.


Thank you to our funders!

**In 2009-2010 the James Morehouse Project received funding from:

Blair Underwood, The California Endowment, Kaiser Permanente, the State of California’s School Community Violence Prevention program, the Federal 21st Century After-School program, CC County Community Development Block Grant Funds, the McKesson Foundation, WCCUSD Comprehensive School Health, CC County Mental Health Services Act  Prevention/Early Intervention funds, Y and H Soda Foundation, and ECHS Student Activities Fund.