Educational Consultants Consortium, Inc. (ECC) was organized on September 18, 1995, by four retired Manatee County Educators and two businessmen living in the weed and seed target areas of the county.
Weed and Seed, a community-based strategy sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), is an innovative, comprehensive multi-agency approach to law enforcement, crime prevention, and community revitalization. Weed and Seed is foremost a strategy that aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in designated high-crime neighborhoods across the country.
With full knowledge of the community challenges, ECCI organized and developed goals to address the soaring drop-out, drug, crime, and teenage pregnancy rates in the at-risk area of (Palmetto) Manatee County by involving the whole family and community in the process. The retired educators, who brought more than 130 years of educating Manatee County’s children to the organization, noted that students making the most progress in and out of the classroom were those with commitment from families and support from their community.
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
The mission of this 25 year old grassroots organization is to facilitate communication and/or coordinate the community services such as: Teen Pregnancy Prevention Classes, Psycho-social classes on Behavioral and attitude adjustment, after school Academic Tutoring, Parent-Teacher Liaison assistance, and Summer Youth Job Training/Skills Development program. These services are presented on behalf of the child in a positive, non-threatening manner; thereby, encouraging a high level of individual productivity and improvement of the quality of life for Manatee County (State of Florida) residents. The program model of ECCI entitled “Iron Sharpening Iron” focuses on the 40 Developmental Assets identified by the Nationally recognized Search Institute. The program foundational objectives concentrate on building blocks of healthy development that help youth grow up healthy, caring and responsible.