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ECHO Program

Welcome to the Team page for the Empowering Children with Hope and Opportunity program! My name is Dr. Larry Funke, son of Dr. Mary Funke and Dr. Lawrence A. Funke.  Obviously, education is important in our family, especially Catholic education (I am actually Catholic educated K through Ph.D., 4 schools, 3 orders, 3 states). My dad was a particularly strong proponent of Catholic education.  Unfortunately, he passed away in October of 2004.  This year I will be riding in his memory and to raise money for a cause I know he would support.  I ask you to join me, by riding or donating, or both.  

What is ECHO and why is it so AWESOME?!

The ECHO program is a partnership between the University of Dayton Center for Catholic Education and several Catholic schools. ECHO’s expertise is working with children from under-resourced neighborhoods and from diverse cultures. ECHO's primary goal is to address stresses of everyday student life and support a healthy academic environment in each classroom so that children can focus on their learning. Serving in 14 schools, ECHO provides individual counseling services to 25% of the schools 3,600 children (2017-18). In the schools with a full time counselor 100% of the students receive classes to enhance social and emotional learning.

ECHO’s staff includes State of Ohio Independently Licensed Counselors and Social Workers who are trained to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders. ECHO’s staff teaches a social and emotional curriculum and provides counseling services to the students in the schools served. In addition, ECHO has a Family Advocate (social worker) that works in three of the schools served to provide assistance to the families. 

ECHO's services include psycho-education, behavioral health consultation, counseling, behavioral health referral/follow-up, medical health education, and medical screening/referral/ follow-up, along with:

  • Second Step (social and emotional curriculum)                         
  • Child Protection (personal safety program)                                
  • Hope Curriculum (drug prevention & education)
  • Faculty and administration consultations                                   
  • Clinical observations and screenings
  • Professional development for school staff  
  • Family Advocate - Social Worker – meet basic needs                        
  • Individual, group, and family counseling
  • Crisis interventions and safety assessments                 
  • Clinical referrals to outside provider with follow-up
  • Partnerships with other agencies to address health and safety education
  • “Peacemakers” student leadership service group
  • High school preparation retreat for 8th grade students 

The fourteen Catholic schools served include: Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of the Rosary, St. Benedict the Moor, Mother Brunner, Chaminade Julienne, Piqua Catholic, Holy Angels (Dayton), St. Albert, Ascension, St. Anthony, St. Brigid, St. Helen, St. Patrick, and Holy Angels (Sidney).

Learn more about ECHO by clicking here


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