Harold Atkins

 

Harold is our Program Manager. He served a 6-year sentence in a state prison, and is an adult child of an incarcerated parent. His father served 31 years on a life “without the possibility of parole” sentence and died in prison.  

Harold comes to EORO with over 10 years of working with at-risk youth in a variety of programs. Harold has served as a youth program manager for the AIDS Resources Information and Services (ARIS), as a Homeless case manager for the Emergency Housing Consortium, and as the health education coordinator at the AIDS Community Research Consortium (ACRC) in San Mateo County.  He also served as the Director of the Community Health Outreach Program at Free At Last, a substance abuse treatment program in East Palo Alto. 

Harold has a strong history of working collaborative with a variety of organizations including; The City of San Jose’s Gang intervention Program (STAND), Clean Slate Tattoo removal program, De Anza College Human Sexuality Department, L.I.F.E. Youth Mentoring Program, as well as the Bill Wilson Drop-in Center in San Jose CA. 

Harold was the first non- infected HIV Peer Educator for the Centerforce Peer Education Program.  He completed the Centerforce HIV Peer Education Program while incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison and has sat on the Board of Directors of Centerforce for the past 10 years (he served as the board president for two years).  

 

With all that Harold has contributed to the community, his pride and joy is coaching youth football in the International Pop Warner Little Scholar’s football league. Harold was the Head Coach for the Bay Cities Bulldogs Pop Warner football team in San Mateo California for seven years (2001-2007), Redwood City 49ers for three years (2008 – 2010), and is currently the head coach of the Menlo-Atherton Vikings football team. Harold is also the proud father of 5 wonderful sons.