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


PSN Partner Events

PSN Community Collaborative Meeting (Public Welcome) 
Thursday, January 28, 2o16, 4-6pm
Riconada Library*, 1213 Newell Rd , Embarcadero Room, Palo Alto
*Rinconada Library is located next to the Palo Alto Art Center at Newell Rd. and Embarcadero Rd.

Youth Events

Free the Teens
Sponsored by SELPA1 CAC in partnership with CHAC (Community Health Awareness council of Mountain View)
Thursdays,  6:00 – 7:30pm, CHAC office at 590 W El Camino Real, Mt. View
$10 per group session, sliding scale

“Free the Teens” is a uniquely designed group for teens combining group therapy with creative art based expression.  Teens will also be given the space to express the issues they are facing, develop problem-solving skills and learn to build a sense of community within the group. Intake screenings for teens commence September 2015.  Please call Elizabeth Wilson @ (650) 965-2020 to schedule an intake interview for this group.

Students with a Gateway (SWAG) (On-going)
Sponsored by Youth Community Service and the City of Palo Alto Recreation
Wednesdays, 3-4:30pm, Sept. 2 – Dec. 2, 2015
Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto

SWAG is an afterschool leadership program for middle school students hosted by Youth Community Service (YCS) and the City of Palo Alto Recreation. Students will explore topics regarding the environment, civic engagement, health, hunger and homelessness. SWAG will include speakers, service trips, leadership training and team building.

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.

Free Drop-in Teen Yoga (On-going)
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.

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.

The QT Cafe (On-going)
Sponsored by The LGBTQ Youth Space
375 Cambridge Ave., Palo Alto
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. For more information, please contact Helen at: or 408-841-4105.

“We’re Talking” teen website
Sponsored by PAMF
This website provides comprehensive health information and answers to specific questions for Bay Area teens. It also serves as a resource for parents who want help in talking with their teens about sensitive issues, and for high school teachers who want to integrate health information into their classroom curriculum.  It includes an online survey for teens on sleeping.

Community Events

Stanford  Youth Mental Health Research Study
Sponsored by Stanford Department Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Stanford is conducting a research project to formally understand the needs and opinions of local youth with regard to mental health. The study is open 14-19 year olds in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Some groups will be focused specifically on needs of the local Asian-American community and some will be general to all.  For more infomration, contact Vicki Harrison at or (650) 725-3772

PTSA Parent Network Project
Do you have a high schooler in PAUSD and want to connect with other parents? Parent Networks are informal gatherings for parents and guardians from each grade level to get acquainted, share parenting ideas about high schoolers, get information on navigating Paly or Gunn and the college process. These meetings occur on a monthly basis often in parents’ homes or, in some cases, at the school.

The Healthy Teen Project (Website)
The Healthy Teen Project provides Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization treatment programs for teenagers who struggle with eating disorders in the San Francisco Bay Area

Project Cornerstone’s Asset-of-the Month (via YMCA Silicon Valley) (Website)
Each month, a resource kit will be released containing newsletter content, discussion topics, and activities to support asset building by parents, teachers, and other adults as well as youth-serving programs.

PAUSD’s Bully Prevention Resources (Website)
Across the nation, bullying has become one of the primary issues of concern within K-12 education. It is important that incidents of bullying and harassment, especially as they may relate to disability, race/ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, gender expression, nationality, religion, or sexual orientation, be addressed and investigated seriously. Best practices, effective strategies, interventions, and resources to prevent and address bullying can be found at the following link.

Challenge Success Parent Education Videos (Website)
Dr. Madeline Levine, Dr. Denise Pope, and Challenge Success Advisory Board member, Dr. Ken Ginsburg, discuss answers to some frequently asked questions they hear from parents around the country.  This includes FAQs videos and Kids in the House videos.  Sample topics include “How Being Overscheduled Effects Kids”;  “Signs of Stress in Childhood”; and “How do Parents and Kids Define Success Differently.”

Lucile Packard Children Hospital’s Preteens and Teen Video Library (Website) 

Here is just a sampling of free online community health lectures offered by LPCH experts: