Community Activities & Events

Welcome to the PSN Calendar of Community Activities and Events! Listed below are numerous educational, collaborative and emotional support opportunities for parents, caregivers and community members brought to you by PSN and its community partners.


PSN Community Collaborative Meeting (Public Welcome!) 
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.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration
Sponsored by the City of Palo Alto and Youth Community Service
Monday, Jan 17, 2017, 11am-2pm
Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
Join Youth Community Service and the City of Palo Alto in celebrating through the words and inspiration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Festivities will include entertainment, guest speakers, service organizations, youth and teen activities, MLK legacy walk display and the King’s Paper Project

College for Students with Special Needs: What You Need to Know
Jointly sponsored by SELPA1 CAC and Palo Alto CAC
Wed, Jan 18, 7-9pm
Santa Rita Elem School (MP Room)
700 Los Altos Avenue, Los Altos
Come find out more about what’s available and how you can help prepare for your student’s education after high school. Panelists: Sandra Cernobori (Paly Counselor) and Kevin Shields (Disability Services at UCB).

Immigrants and Allies in 2017: Feeling Safe in a New Era 
Thurs, Jan 19, 7-9pm C
Cubberley Community Center Theater 4000 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
Eleven organizations will host a free public forum on Jan.19th to empower immigrants. Attendees will learn about tools and resources. A distinguished panel will be available to answer questions. Panelists include Dr. Becki Cohn-Vargas, Director of Not in Our School and Dr. Elisabet Revilla, Director of La Clinica Latina at the Gronowski Center. Click here for resources.

Parent Coffee: Children With Challenging Behavior
Hosted by Parents Helping Parents
Wed, Jan 23, 10-11:30am
1400 Parkmoor Ave, San Jose
Faciliated by PHP staff, this is not a therapy session but a coming together of parents who face challenges beyond the usual with regard to behavior and where others seem to fail to grasp the impact on your life.

The Whole Brain Child with Dr. Tina Bayne Bryson
Sponsored by the Child Training Institute
Thurs, Jan 26, 8:45am-3pm
JCC, 2150 Post St, San Francisco
Dr. Bryson will present the latest scientific research–with a special emphasis on attachment, sensorimotor psychotherapy, and neuroplasticity.   Click here to RSVP >

Sheppard Mullin Silicon Valley Initiative Community Reception for Youth Speaks Out
Co-sponsored by Project Safety Net. Open to the public.
Fri, Jan 27, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm
379 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton Law firm hosts a Youth Speaks Out Student Art Review and Reception. Late last year, the law firm invested $5,000 as part of its art initiative. Seats are limited.  Please RSVP.

LGBTQ+ Youth Art Showcase 
Sponsored by The LGBTQ Youth Space, YMCA, Outlet
Fri, Feb 3, 6-9pm
YMCA, 3412 Ross Rd., Palo Alto
Come to the Palo Alto Family YMCA for an evening of creative workshops and LGBTQ+ youth art.

Youth Suicide Prevention Forum
An ACS Community Forum
Thurs, Feb 9, 6:30-8:30pm
Cubberley Community Center 4000 Middlefield Rd., Rm H1 Palo Alto, CA 
ACS experts will discuss the warning signs of mental distress & strategies for suicide prevention that can be used to help teens before they reach their crisis point. A panel will present their solutions with particular emphasis on vulnerable youth groups identified by the CDC and SAMHSA’s preliminary report.  See map to find Rm H1.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (A.S.I.S.T)
Free 2-Day Training
Mon, Feb 6 & Tues, Feb 7 Mon, Mar 20 & Tues, Mar 21
Training location TBD
ASIST is a  suicide intervention workshop that teaches participants to learn about their own attitudes concerning suicide, how to recognize and assess the risk of suicide, how to use an effective suicide intervention model, and how to define and maximize community resources.  This course meets the qualifications for 15 hours of continuing education for LCSW’s and LMFT’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  Register here > 

Palo Alto Chinese New Year Fair
Sun, Feb 12, 2-5pm
Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
The Palo Alto Chinese Community cordially invites you to join our 2017 Chinese New Year Fair, which will feature performances of Chinese folk music, instruments and dances by local talents as well as students from Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD). Many Chinese culture will be exhibited such as Chinese brush painting, Mahjong, dumpling-making, fung shui, board games and crafts. The event is free to all Palo Alto residents, and food will be sold for fund-raising to support Palo Alto schools. This event is co-sponsored by City of Palo Alto and the PTA Council, and the goal is to promote friendship among residents of different cultures and contribute to the vibrancy and health of our diverse community.  Hope to see you all there!  Questions please contact Hannah Lu or Sheena Chin

Youth Mental Health First Aid 
8-hour Training
Fri, Feb 17, 8-5pm
Santa Clara County Office of Ed.
Oak Grove Conf Room 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training over two days designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.  Register here >

2017 Mothers Symposium with Anne Lamott
Co-sponsored by the Palo Alto Council of PTAs
Sat, Mar 4, 9:30am-12:30pm
Dinkelspiel Auditorium Stanford University
Featuring award-winning author Anne Lamott. Tickets on sale now for the 2017 Mothers Symposium, a morning retreat for mothers with children of all ages to reflect on the profound undertaking of motherhood.

2017 Project Cornerstone Asset Champions Awards Breakfast 
Fri, Mar 24, 7-9pm
Santa Clara Conv. Center, Santa Clara
Project Cornerstone’s 2017 Asset Champions Breakfast celebrates the UPstanders whose commitment to building positive relationships with young people is making Silicon Valley a better place for young people to grow and thrive. This year’s breakfast will feature Civil Rights icon Ruby Bridges as the keynote speaker and will also be the release of the Countywide Student Developmental Assets Survey Data. Buy tickets >

City of Palo Alto Library Parent Ed Series
Co-sponsored with Parents Place
Rinconada Library Embarcadero Room
1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto

Get help navigating parenthood! Meets the first Thursday of every month and covers tough topics such as discipline, manners, and preparing for different life stages. Registration required.

  • Thurs, Feb 2, 2017 – Boys and Discipline
A Heart to Heart Seminar: For Boys Only
Sponsored by Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (LPCH)
Multiple dates in various locations
“For Boys” is for boys, 10-12 years of age, and their dads or other adult male resource person. Each class includes discussions on body changes to expect during puberty, myths vs. facts, what boys should know about girls, sexuality and sexual reproduction.

A Heart to Heart Seminar: For Girls Only
Sponsored by Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (LPCH)
Multiple dates in various locations
“For Girls Only” is for girls, 10-12 years of age, and their moms or other adult resource person. Each class includes discussions on body changes to expect during puberty, myths vs. facts, what boys should know about girls, sexuality and sexual reproduction.

Parent Chat
Sponsored by SELPA ! CAC
2nd Tues of each month, 7-8:30pm
13 S. San Antonio Rd., Orchard Room, Los Altos
Drop-in, No Registration Required
Parent Chat is for parents/caregivers of teens and young adults who may have behavioral, emotional or mental health issues.  Download Selpa 1 CAC’s Fall Newsletter.