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Alum Rock Counseling Center

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Immigrants & Refugees


1245 E. Santa Clara StreetSan Jose, CA 95116 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Alum Rock Counseling Center fosters healthy communities by increasing family cohesiveness, school sucess and personal development through counseling, mentoring, and life skills education among high-risk youth in Santa Clara County.


In 1974, Alum Rock Counseling Center began its critical work by addressing the academic, social, and mental health needs of at-risk youth and families, living in the extremely high-need area of East San Josè, CA. Due to the lack of linguistically sensitive and culturally appropriate practitioners and services, many of the predominantly Spanish-speaking individuals in this region were "falling through the cracks" of the legal, educational, and health systems into lives of poverty, academic failure, illness, incarceration, addiction, and victimization. A group of active community members founded ARCC in the hopes of providing this community with the culturally proficient counseling and professional support they needed in order to lead healthier, safer, and more productive lives.

For over 34 years, ARCC’s programs have helped to keep at-risk youth safe, in school, and drug- and violence-free. Alum Rock Counseling Center serves 4,000 youth and their families a year, and currently has 75 full-time employees and over 100 volunteers, with 95% of direct services staff being culturally and linguistically reflective of the community it serves. Recently, ARCC was awarded Project Cornerstone’s Award in March 2008, acknowledging success in promoting Developmental Asset #41, Positive Cultural Identity. ARCC was chosen due the cultural competency of the staff and similar backgrounds and experiences that they share with clients served by the agency.

Although, there are other non-profit organizations providing mental health & specialized educational support services to Santa Clara County residents, ARCC is the only agency that serves youth (ages 0-19) with a specific focus on the East/Central San José area, serving the highest percentage (over 80%) of Latino, immigrant, and monolingual clients in the region.

Today, ARCC operates 12 different programs, addressing truancy/school failure, anger management, juvenile delinquency, gang activity, drug/alcohol abuse, and family violence. Our continuum of care, working with youth and families at a variety of risks, promotes long-term, positive outcomes in a community challenged by struggles for adequate healthcare and professional support.


Would you recommend Alum Rock Counseling Center?
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by Lourdes A. (June 28, 2013)
During my first year of college I decided I wanted to continue being involved with the community in some way. Coming from Southern CA to Northern CA, I was fortunate to meet the volunteer recruiter for Alum Rock Counseling Center. Impressed, with my versatile characteristics and personality, she already had in mind who my mentee will be. After being part of Alum Rock Counseling Center, I was able to mentor an eighth grader, from a local middle in San Jose, and share my Filipino culture with her. Although the year seemed short, I know we will continue having a relationship while she is in high school. This program is very well structured with supportive and experienced lead members, who have encouraged me to come back a second year.
by Jason S. (June 27, 2013)
I have been a Mentor for underprivileged youth through the Alum Rock Counseling Center for the past 3 years. It has been an extremely rewarding experience that I highly recommend to others. ARCC has a very organized program with training for both Mentors and Mentees that help both get the most out of the relationship. The time commitment is very flexible and there are also structured activities/outings to take part in if you have the time. It's a lot of fun and the kids are extremely appreciative. The Mentoring Program provides an opportunity for you to form a bond with a youth who can benefit tremendously from being exposed to different experiences and ideas and allows you to truly make a difference in someone's life.
by Rebeccaq S. from Portland, OR (October 29, 2012)
Hi, my name is Rebecca Sandoval and I am currently a mentor for the Alum Rock Counseling Center and I love it. It has greatly impacted my life in a positive way. Allowing one to connect with a a younger student who attends an at-risk school and knowing that one can make a difference is priceless. Coming from a minority group myself makes me wish I had a great program like ARCC to help me out through middle school. There is no better feeling then giving back to the community and knowing that one can impact the future is amazing!

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