Youth Activities & Events

Welcome to the PSN Calendar of Events for Youth! Listed below are numerous educational, collaborative and emotional support opportunities for youth brought to you by PSN and its community partners.

SN Community Collaborative Meeting 

Youth Voice Matters!  Are you interested in reducing youth mental health stigma and supporting youth voice? Please join us for our next meeting where you will have the opportunity meet and hear from members in our community who have the same interest. Please sign-up for our newsletter to hear about upcoming meetings.

Youth Speaks Out Student Exhibit 
Exhibit Dates: March 23- April 16, 2017
Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Avenue, Palo Alto
Exhibit Dates: March 23- April 16, 2017
Witness student voices through visual arts, narratives, poetry, and music. For more information, contact: or call 650-387-5709.

Young Minds Advocacy Focus Group
Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Project Safety Net, Cubberly Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Bldg. T2, Palo Alto
Calling all women and femmes ages 16-24! As part of Generation Bold, a year-long project to address the unique mental health needs of young women, Young Minds Advocacy is holding focus groups so you can share your stories and join the mental health conversation. You’ll receive a $25 gift card for participating. To get involved, contact View the focus group event flyer here.

The 2017 Directing Change Program and Film Contest
Sponsored by Each Mind Matters
Submissions are due by March 1, 2017
Calling all young filmmakers and change agents!  Make a difference and win cash prizes by creating 60-second films that will be used to raise awareness about mental health and help young people across California.

Teen Writing Club
1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, 4pm-5:30pm
Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto
Share your passion for writing with other teens. Writing prompts, activities, and light snacks provided. Grades 6-12.
Join the Teen Mental Health Committee
Sponsored by the Children’s Health Council (CHC)
50 Clark Way, Palo Alto
CALLING TEENS! CHC started a Teen Mental Health Committee at CHC and are inviting high school students from across the Peninsula to participate. This committee will be a place to voice ideas, develop solutions, and take collective action on addressing teen mental health and suicide in the community. The meeting is open to rising 9-12 grade students. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Parnes.
Youth Community Service Volunteer Opportunities
Check out their latest Shout-Out e-News that list the latest volunteer opportunities for youth in and around Palo Alto.

FREE Drop-in Teen Yoga 
Sponsored by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Tuesdays, 4:15-5:15pm
Palo Alto Center, 67 Encina Avenue, Palo Alto

After a long day, teens can drop in to strengthen and stretch their bodies and minds. This fun, interactive curriculum incorporates physical exercise, breath work and activities that help to energize, manage stress and connect better with themselves and their peers.

Trans Talk!
Sponsored by Outlet, a division of Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS)
ACS, 643 Bair Island Road, Suite 301. Redwood City,
Come join Outlet for Trans Talks! – Outlet’s new community education series for youth, families, legal guardians, and services providers of Transgender*, gender expansive, or non-binary youth. Come meet other people in the community and learn about different resources and helpful tools.

Local Youth Mental Health Advocacy Groups

LETS BC2M Program at Palo Alto High School
LETS (Lets Erase The Stigma) BC2M is a high school program dedicated to erasing the stigma of mental illness by increasing education and awareness, fostering student empowerment, building mentoring opportunities, and encouraging youth to change the perception of mental health in their schools and communities.This student-led club initiative allows all teens the opportunity to learn and explore more about mental health topics in a safe and supportive environment. As students engage and talk about mental health, we allow them to normalize the conversation and eliminate stigma within their community. To join the Palo Alto High School club, contact advisor Jonathan Frecceri.

ROCK (Reach Out, Care, Know) at Gunn High School
Gunn’s student-led peer support network known as ROCK (for “Reach Out. Care. Know.”), founded in 2009 in response to student suicides. Through trainings, outreach and activities, ROCK members offer social and emotional support for any student needing a safe and sympathetic ear. Contact Gunn Advisor Paul Dunlap.

Source of Strength Program (Gunn and Palo Alto High School)
SoS is a group of diverse students and adults from many different corners and cultures of our school and community. SoS mission is to ensure that during the rough times no one gets so overwhelmed or hopeless that they want to give up. In addition, their mission is to spread Hope, Help, and Strength into every corner of our community.  Contact Gunn Advisor Paul Dunlap and Paly Advisor Jonathan Frecceri.

Youth Speaks Out (Gunn and Palo Alto High School)
Students in the Youth Speaks Out Art Program at Palo Alto & Gunn High share the experience of being young in our community, through the direct artistic expression of painting, photography, poetry and creative writing, ceramics and sculpture. Contact Carolyn Digovitch

Palo Alto Alumni Dialogues (Local)
Learn about upcoming organized Palo Alto High School and Gunn High School Alumni dialogues on growing-up in Palo Alto and how their lives have changed.

Other Youth Opportunities

Think Fund
via City of Palo Alto

Fund your projects and ideas and make them come to life with the City of Palo Alto’s Think Fund! Get money for your idea, as well as mentorship and support in order to make your vision a reality. No idea is too big or too small. If you’re in high school and have an idea for a short-term or long-term project, meet with the Teen Program Specialist to discuss how you can transform your blueprint into a footprint!  Check out Palo Online’s recent article on students who have benefited from a grant.

Get Involved Palo Alto
Get Involved PA aims to provide high school students opportunities to engage in service learning and professional development while making a meaningful community impact. Check out their website for the latest opportunities.

Community Center Active Community for Teens (JCCACT)
Join the JCC ACT (Active Community for Teens), formerly the Teen Taskforce, and have fun helping to plan teen programming while developing your leadership abilities and making new friends. JCC ACT is facilitated by Rebecca Katz, OFJCC Teen Program Manager.

Leaders for Education, Advocacy and Democracy (LEAD)
Sponsored by Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)
AACI is now accepting applications for its LEAD high school program. Its 6-month youth leadership program spans from spring until the end of summer. LEAD empowers youth to be active in their communities. Students undergo a series of skills and leadership trainings to help them critically assess social issues in their community and design viable solutions. Students have the opportunity to collaborate with corporate and public partners and prepare for the professional world. Students are paired with one of our 40+ government and advocacy-based partner offices to receive hands-on experience working with professionals as well as gaining vital networking and public-speaking skills.

LEAP (Learning Enrichment After-School Program) is Now Accepting Applications for Winter 2016
LEAP is an after-school program located in the Mitchell Park Community Center that provides services, activities, and classes to middle school students, grades 6-8 throughout the community.

New Voices for Youth
(via Leagues of Women Voters of Palo Alto and San Mateo County)
New Voices For Youth is an after school program for youth designed to encourage civic engagement through the media arts. Students will learn how to write, direct, edit and screen digital movies about an issue in their community.

Palo Alto Art Center Teen Classes & Volunteering
1313 Newell Rd., Palo Alto, CA

Unleash your creativity by signing up for Art Classes. The Art Center offers classes in ceramics, painting and sculpture on Monday – Saturdays.  All Art Classes are listed on the website. The Art Center is currently taking applications for Counselor in Training (CIT) positions for its summer camps. Questions? Please contact Rebecca Passarello,, or (650) 617-3509.

Palo Alto Teens Art Council
Every Wednesday @ 6:30pm, Multiple Locations
The Teen Arts Council is a creative community of Palo Alto teens dedicated to enriching the lives of their peers through artistic expression. Members coordinate events and projects inspired by the passions of council members.

Palo Alto Teen Advisory Board
The Palo Alto Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is made up of Palo Alto high school students who want to plan and lead high school events for teens in Palo Alto. The TAB mission is to represent and support the diverse voices of teens in the Palo Alto community. TAB focuses on further enhancing the community by serving as links between teen programs and encouraging teen involvement. Like their Facebook page to get updates and learn how to become involved.

Palo Alto Youth Council  
PAYC is made up of 15 high school students that attend school or live in Palo Alto. Youth Council members are appointed through and application and interview process. PAYC works closely with City of Palo Alto’s recreation department and reports yearly to the City Council to contribute information on issues related to Palo Alto youth. PAYC also studies problems, activities and concerns of the youth; hold forums on these issues and implements new community programs. PAYC members meet once per week and serve for one year.  For more information, please visit this website or contact

Reach & Rise Mentoring Program (On-going)
Sponsored by the YMCA
For Youth Ages 6-17

Reach & Rise™ is a national one-to-one mentoring program determined to move youth from risk to resiliency. The program helps build a better future for youth by matching them with an adult mentor for one year. Free of cost to families, trained mentors work to understand cultural and social development, mental health issues, risk factors, and offer ways to communicate and relate to youth. Contact Program Director Mike Anderson.

Rise Together Education
Palo Alto High School’s newly formed foundation, has some exciting opportunities for students to get involved and help make a difference in the lives of Paly students who cannot afford the cost of college. You can also help by “liking” their Facebook page.

Youth Community Service (YCS) Teen Volunteer Opportunities
Check out YCS’ latest teen volunteer opportunities.