ECA provides evidence-based tutoring services for language arts and reading comprehension free for VA Residents. The reading comprehension strategies include directed reading-thinking activity, graphic and semantic organizers, highlighting, using imagination, K-W-L activity, K-W-R-L activity, and discussion to guide higher-order thinking skills. ECA tutors encourage students to become avid readers by using culturally responsive texts that appeal to the student’s interests. ECA uses experiential activities such as book clubs, poetry slams, and theater performances to increase student engagement. ESL students are welcome!
In collaboration with "fashionista," Mecca Williams, LPC the Style Affect uses the art of personal style and fashion as a mechanism to educate African Americans in the Richmond community about mental health and treatment resources .
Formerly Fitness Jam for Kids, it is a fun and exciting PreK-12 and family enrichment program that promotes the importance of children participating in physical activities and mental health coping strategies to live a healthier lifestyle and to achieve academic success.
During the sessions, participants engage in physical Movement (workout routine that incorporates Hip-Hop, Afro-beats, and Latin dance moves), and Mindfulness techniques (mindful breathing, visualization, and movement) by qualified professionals. Children are motivated to use movement and mindfulness strategies to achieve positive emotional, cognitive, physical and social heath.
The women in children’s lives plays a vital role in increasing their health awareness and practices. Matriarchs or mother-figures serve as role models and are the primary "influencers" of household decisions to illustrate to children the importance of making health conscience choices. Traditionally in the community and household, women are the person who prepares the children’s food and schedules the children’s activities; thus the reason ECA is focusing on supporting the well being of women.
Today, many women are experiencing the Superwoman Syndrome! ECA provides safe spaces for women designed to give every SUPERWOMAN the opportunity to remove the cape and take a break and put herself as a priority. We provide monthly chats, annual Women's Health Matters Goddess Retreat, and ESCAPES to improve the mental health of women.
Formerly Camp Connections tutoring program, ECA shifted its focus from not only providing academic skills but now life skills to support the community. The CPR2 ( pronounced C- P- R-squared) program certifies high school students (16 years an older)in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Impoverished communities have the highest rates of heart disease and diabetes and having CPR trained students serves as a viable resource; especially in emergency situations when every minute counts! CPR2 teach our youth empowerment through Community, Philanthropy, and Responsibility. Our motto is Save a Heart, Save a Life, Save a Community!
Dominique Friend, M.ED.
Keisha Hailstock, MA
Tiffany Graham, M.ED.
Dr. Stephanie Bassett
Tyeasha Williams-Powell, LPC, CCTP, CSAC-R
Dr. Shawnrell Blackwell
Donita Harper, CPA