Cliff Harmon is a native of Philadelphia who relocated to the Lehigh Valley in 2001. He graduated from Lock Haven University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, with a concentration in Media.
Cliff has always had a deep adoration for working with youth from all backgrounds and demographics. At Lock Haven University, Cliff served as a liaison for Disability Services and as Peer Mentor for Haven Achievers. In these roles, his primary responsibilities included cultivating and maintaining relationships with at-risk students on campus and serving as a resource for those in need of academic support.
In recognition of his commitment to the success of campus based academic initiatives, in 2009 Cliff became a Tutor Counselor for Upward Bound, a rigorous summer program for highly motivated high school students in pursuit of a college education and achieving their career and professional goals. In this role, Cliff provided assistance and guidance to high school students, as they adjusted to campus life both socially and academically, and organized a variety of recreational/cultural activities.
In 2012, Cliff joined KidsPeace Psychiatric Hospital as a Mental Health Tech. His primary role was to provide direct supervision and direction to emotionally and behaviorally challenged youth through group facilitation that focused on various components of adolescent treatment. In search of a better way reach youth prior to their experiences in mental/behavioral health facilities, Cliff accepted an opportunity to work with Abraxas Youth & Family Services as a Family Worker in 2013. As an in-home service provider, his primary role was to provide intense supervision, direct service and case management for families involved with Juvenile Probation and/or Children and Youth Services. He developed treatment plans to identify goals and action steps that included the use of services such as Alcohol and other Drugs (AOD), legal, behavioral, medical, educational, vocational, family, and psychosocial for each client. At Abraxas, Cliff was also the lead facilitator of Aggression Replacement Training (ART), which is a community-based program that Lehigh County Probation requires some Juvenile offenders to complete.
In 2015 Cliff joined the EEACS family as a Community Coach for Middle School. He was then promoted to Team Leader where for two years he oversaw daily operations of the seventh and eighth grade communities. In recognition of his outstanding leadership and demonstrated commitment to excellence, Cliff has been elevated to Chief School Director, responsible for all daily operations of all Middle School communities.
Cliff’s greatest aspiration in his current role is to impact the lives of youth attending EEACS in ways that are equally inspiring, empowering and transformative.