Project Community Pride

A Youth & Teen Counseling and Support Program

Project Community Pride of the Madison Area YMCA is an important extension of youth development services for children, teens and their families throughout the Madison Area YMCA’s service area that was made possible through the collaboration of community leaders and a new partnership with the municipalities and School Districts of the Chathams, Florham Park and Madison. The partnership signifies a major step forward in furthering the Y’s commitment to youth development.

Staff members include: Director Lisa Sprague, LCSW; Program Specialist Christine McIntyre, LCSW; Staff Clinician Daniella Jernick, LCSW; and Mike Ecklund, LAC.

For more information about Project Community Pride of the Madison Area YMCA, click here or call 973-845-6480.

Lisa Sprague, LCSW, Director
Lisa is a licensed, clinical social worker with clinical, supervisory and administrative experience in the mental health field. She worked for an adolescent psychiatric and chemical dependence intensive outpatient treatment program, and with youth and their families through individual, group and family counseling in local school and outpatient settings. Lisa holds a Master of Social Work from Fordham University.

Christine McIntyre, LCSW, Program Specialist
Prior to joining Project Community Pride, Christine was in private practice in the community. She also worked in a group practice where she provided individual, family and group therapy. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and their families. Christine earned a Master of Social Work from Hunter College.


Daniella Jernick, LCSW, Clinician Daniella’s career in social work began with a focus in violence against women and children. She earned a BA in psychology from St. John’s University and a Master of Social Work from Rutgers University. After completing the VAWC (Violence Against Women and Children) certificate program at Rutgers, she launched her career working in sexual violence counseling, prevention, and education. Daniella is a certified school social worker and has worked with children/ adolescents of various ages and their families. More specifically, she has extensive experience with preschool-aged children including crisis intervention, trauma, behavior management and PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy).

Mike Ecklund

Mike Ecklund, LAC, Clinician Mike began his career as a licensed counselor working with the State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families’ Children’s System of Care. He worked with families throughout the state, with children of all ages in schools, and adults with a range of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Mike has a background in psychology, applied behavior analysis, and mental health. Mike earned a Master of Mental Health Counseling from Monmouth University.

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