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Empowering Local School Children With Hope and Opportunity

Empowering Children with Hope and Opportunity (ECHO) is a partnership between the University of Dayton Center for Catholic Education and local Catholic schools.

Staffed by licensed mental health therapists & social workers, ECHO aids teachers and administrators in helping remove non-academic barriers to learning ­— poverty, exposure to addiction, violence, discrimination, separation or physical and sexual abuse.

Because ECHO staff work with students every day in their schools, they gain valuable insights, build relationships with children and families, and can effectively provide counseling services. Our primary goal is to establish and support a healthy learning environment in each classroom so that children are unencumbered by the stresses of everyday life and are able to focus and learn.

We envision positive outcomes for students and families!

ECHO By the Numbers

  • 20

    local schools served by ECHO

  • 135+

    community partners

  • 4800+

    children served by ECHO

Supporting students is our calling

Our Program in Action Our Services Mission & Vision Peacemakers

ECHO Positive Outcomes

Licensed counselors & social workers make up the ECHO staff, who work with students every day in their schools. This regular interaction helps the ECHO staff to gain valuable insights, build relationships with children and families, and effectively provide counseling services.

Meet the ECHO Staff


ECHO provides a variety of services that are tailored to students' needs at each school the program serves. In addition to providing mental health services, ECHO therapists focus on prevention by using a social & emotional curriculum called Choose Love. Students learn empathy, emotion management and problem solving. These are tools the students can carry with them throughout their life. Other services provided by ECHO include professional development for teachers and school administrators, curriculum about personal safety and drug prevention. and Peacemakers, a student leadership service group.

Explore Our Services

A Mission in Motion

ECHO strives to be recognized nationally as the premier provider of social and emotional services to children in a growing number of schools. Its mission is to partner with faith-based and public schools to provide innovative social and emotional services by empowering all children and families, particularly the underserved, with skills for life.

Cultivating Student Leaders

ECHO Peacemakers are a group of selected 7th & 8th grade students from ECHO's partner schools that demonstrate leadership qualities, good moral character, and a passion for bettering their school and surrounding communities. ECHO Peacemakers participate in several leadership development events during the school year.


7th & 8th grade Peacemakers learning leadership skills



Fitz Hall, Room 652
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2967