Events

PSN Committee Meeting
PSN Community Collaborative Mtg.      
September 24, 2o15
More details coming soon!
 
RSVP Tanya at tanya.schornack@cityofpaloalto.org
 

Community Education
Supporting Your Child During the Transition to Middle School
Sponsored by PAUSD
August 31, 2015, 7-9:00 pm, Free, No registration required
JLS Middle School, 480 E. Meadow, Palo Alto

This event for parents of incoming 6th grade students is intended to help clarify developmental expectations and equip parents with strategies for supporting their children through the transition to middle school.  Topics to be explored:  What is Success?; Parent-Child Communication; Normal Development at this Stage; Managing Stress, Anxiety and Depression and Students’ Use of Social Media.  Click here for more information.

The Parenting Project: Proven Method for Raising and Protecting Teens 
Sponsored by Palo Alto Police Dept.
September 3-November 19, 2015, Thursdays, 6-9 pm
Cubberley Community Ctr., Greendale Campus, 4000 Middlefield Rd, Rm. T2, Palo Alto

Join other parents to improve your teen’s social and academic engagement, discipline, and any aspect of your relationship.

Dads of Daughters  The Joys and Challenges of Raising Teen Girls
Sponsored by Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
September 17, 2015, 7-9:00pm
Menlo Corporate Center, 4100 Bohannon Drive, Menlo Park

Review the developmental changes for girls during puberty and adolescence. Understand the normal challenges fathers encounter raising adolescent daughters. Learn how to maintain and enhance the relationship with your daughter throughout her adolescence.

Out of the Darkness Walk (San Jose)
September 20, 2015, 9am – 1pm
Arena Green West, N Autumn St, San Jose, CA 95113

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow AFSP to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.  Register here as a walker, virtual walker or volunteer.

Sparking Creativity:  Imagining Tomorrow’s Schools
Sponsored by Callenge Success at Stanford University
September 25, 2015, 7pm- 9pm
Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford University
Open to the Public  |  Adults: $10   Students: Free

Join an interactive discussion on fostering creativity in schools and at home: How do we encourage creativity in our kids and develop a generation of innovators and problem solvers? How can educators and parents spark creativity in daily activities? What is the connection between creativity and authentic success?

Mothers of Sons: The Joys and Challenges of Guiding Your Son Through Adolescence
Sponsored by Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
October 2, 2015, 7-8:30pm
Friedenrich Auditorium, 725 Welch Rd., Palo Alto

Discuss adolescent male , during puberty. Understand the normal challenges between mothers and their preteen and adolescent sons. Gain ideas for how to understand and strengthen the relationship between mothers and their preteen and adolescent sons.

Kara Walk ‘n’ Run to Remember
October 10, 2015, 9am
Mitchell Park, 600 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto

This special event is a unique and wonderful opportunity for individuals and community organizations and businesses to walk in memory of a loved one…to walk to support friends, family or someone grieving the loss of a loved one…. and to secondarily help Kara sustain its crucial services for the greater Bay Area.  Our goal is to see over 300 participants raise more than $35,000 for Kara’s compassionate support programs.  Please help us reach our goal and bring healing to the community.

Free QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Training
Sponsored by PSN and the City of Palo Alto
October 27, 2015, 4-6pm, Fireside Room Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto

Project Safety Net (PSN) and the City of Palo Alto are hosting a free QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention training which certifies participants with hands-on skills in 90 minutes. QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer, an emergency mental health intervention for suicidal persons. The training’s certification last three years and is similar to CPR in that it provides the basic tools to save someone’s life. You do not need to be a doctor or a mental health professional to make a difference. Register here.

Lucile Packard Children Hospital’s Preteens and Teen Video Library
Here is just a sampling of free online community health lectures offered by LPCH experts:

 
 

Youth Opportunities & Education
Let’s Talk Transitions: Sharing Resources to Revolutionize Mental Health for Youth and Young Adults (2-Day TAY Summit)
Sponsored by PEERS
August 20 -21, 2015, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Hayward, CA

We will identify cross-system solutions to improve the mental health of youth and young adults by breaking the mold of the silo structures of systems. We invite all youth and young adults in our movement to eliminate barriers and share resources that will create lasting partnerships and improve outcomes for transition age youth.

Free Drop-in Teen Yoga
Sponsored by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Tuesdays, 4-5pm
67 Encinal Avenue, Palo Alto
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. No registration required.
 
The QT Cafe (On-going)
Sponsored by The LGBTQ Youth Space
375 Cambridge Ave., Palo Alto, CA

A safe and open drop-in space for LGBTQQ+ & ally folks between the ages of 13-25. Come get connected to community resources, free wi-fi, volunteer opportunities, and other folks in the community. Or, just come hang out and do homework! We’ll have google on hand to help you. Also available: gender neutral bathrooms, board games, arts and crafts, safer sex supplies, video games, and snacks.

For more information, please contact Helen at: hchen@fcservices.org or 408-841-4105.

Outlet:  Free Drop-in for LGBTQQ Youth (Spanish and English) (On-going)
Sponsored by Adolescent Counseling Services
590 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94041) (Mondays, 6-8pm, English; 2nd & 4th Fridays, 6-9pm, Spanish)

These are peer support groups where youth have a chance to share and listen to personal stories in a safe and welcoming space. LGBTQQ youth ages 10-18 are welcome.

C.A.L.M. for Middle School and High School Students (Palo Alto)
Sponsored by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation
September 12, 2015: High School 1:30-3pm; Middle School 3:30-5pm
67 Encinal Avenue, Palo Alto

“Cultivating Awareness to Live Mindfully” (C.A.L.M.) is a 3-session interactive mindfulness class introducing teenagers to the practical tools and techniques that bring awareness, calm and clarity to their lives and how a “mindfulness practice” works to reduce unnecessary stress, worry and anxiety.

 

A Heart to Heart Seminar: For Boys Only
Sponsored by Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Oct 6 and 13, 2015 (Two sessions), 6:30-8:30pm
725 Welch Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304

“For Boys Only” 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
Oct 9 and 16, 2015 (Two sessions), 6:30-8:30pm
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, 725 Welch Rd, Palo Alto

“For Girls Only” is for girls, 10-12 years of age, and their moms or other adult female resource person. Each class includes discussions on the physical changes of puberty and menstruation, what girls should know about boys, social issues, sexuality

The Counter Culture Project
The project aims to build a united community and promote positive mental health and well-being among Asian-American youth nationwide. The Project is accepting applications for its Youth Council and also submissions for its new Story Collective initiative, for more information, email Luba Botcheva.

 

Professional Development Opportunities
 Leadership Palo Alto
Applications are now being accepted for Leadership Palo Alto’s 2015-2016 class, the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce’s leadership development class. Blend real world knowledge with practical volunteer and leadership skills to gain in-depth understanding that will catapult you into positions as leaders in our community, businesses and nonprofits. Online application can be found on the website or call for additional inform