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PSN Partners July E-News

July 16, 2015

Dear PSN Partners,

Summer break is going by quickly and the new school year will begin next month already. There have been a lot of things happening in the background with Project Safety Net (PSN) as I’m sure there is at your organization as well.

First and foremost, the City of Palo Alto will be hosting a "Caltrain Rail Corridor Safety Improvements" community forum on July 27th from 6:30 - 8:00pm. The City will be implementing several forms of "means restriction" measures within the City's portion of the Caltrain corridor. The safety improvements are being done in conjunction with Caltrain. Safety improvements include fence installation and enhancements, vegetation and brush removal, and the piloting of an intrusion detection system. At the forum, PSN's Leadership Team member Dr. Shashank Joshi will speak on the importance of means restriction and City staff will present the improvements and answer questions from the public. Please come if you are able.

I also wanted give an update on the process for the Executive Director. This will be a contracted position and the Request for Proposals (just city language for when we go out for proposals for a contract) will be completed soon and hopefully issued by the end of this month and posted on the City of Palo Alto’s website. We will let you know when it goes public.

I also want to especially say thank you to Terry Godfrey for her work spearheading #CaringNeighbors Challenge and revising the Developmental Assets website. In addition, I would like to give a "shout out" to PSN member Jess Boooks and Christina Chen, Palo Alto and Gunn High School alumunae, who recently organized a successful open dialogue about teen mental health in Palo Alto. You can read Jess' reflection of the event via her blog.

The City is excited to announce that we’ve hired Gunn High School alumni and current UCSB student Noah Brennan-Greenbaum as a summer intern. One of the many projects Noah will be working on is a project focused on youth voice. PAUSD also has summer intern, PALY alumna and PSN member Jessica Feinberg, who is researching suicide prevention crisis hotlines that use texting as one of their main sources of communication. In addition, Jessica is updating PAUSD's mental health resources list for students and their families.

Please mark your calendar for our next collaborative meeting on August 20th from 11 am-1pm at the Mitchell Park Community Center. When you have an opportunity, we need your input on determining a regular meeting time for the next school year, so please be sure to fill out our survey.

At last, please send any event or scholarly article submissions for our next PSN Partners August E-News to Tanya Schornack. In August, we're planning a "Back-to-School" issue, so if you have any thoughts or possible contributions that are relevant, please send them to Tanya.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Minka van der Zwaag, PSN Co-lead
PSN Website
Palo Alto Developmental Assets Website
PSN Survey
Take the PSN Collaborative Meeting Time Survey
Please provide your input on when is the best time for you to attend our meetings.
PSN Events
Caltrain Corridor Safety Improvements Community Mtg.
July 27, 2015

Learn about the safety improvements being implemented along the City's portion of the Caltrain corridor. Please be sure to drop by the PSN info table staffed by members of our Leadership Team.

PSN Partners
Community Mtg
August 20, 2015

Get the latest PSN updates and collaborate with other partners.on suicide prevention and youth well-being in Palo Alto. Lunch will be provided. The meeting will be at Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Rd in the Adobe meeting room. Please RVSP to Tanya.

Teens on the Green Summer Concert
August 22, 2015
Riconada Park

Let's picnic together to support our local teens at Teens on the Green. A blue balloon will be displayed so you can find us. 
Project Safety Net Around in Palo Alto
#CaringNeighbors Challenge Team
The challenge is well underway in its seventh week keeping PSN member Terry Godfrey and 16 local teen interns busy this summer. The goal of the challenge is to encourage neighborhoods to build community, get to know one another, and strengthen the fabric of our city. The team is working with Palo Altans to put on an event in their neighborhood. Responsibilities range from event promotion, logistics and management, and of course, being a good neighbor!

If you live in Palo Alto, it's not to late to host an event in your neighborhood. Events range from hosting a block party to having a scavenger hunt to building a free library. Caring neighbors lead to connected youth and connected youth are healthier, happier youth. Learn more on how you can support our local teens and make your neighborhood a caring neighborhood.

Inspirational PSN Banners in Palo Alto
Keep a lookout for our PSN banners which have been placed throughout Palo Alto. Our banners are now up at Palo Alto High School (across from Trader Joe's), Terman Middle School, Jordan Middle School, Walter Hayes Elementary, Hoover Elementary and at the Mayfield Playing Fields. We are planning to interchange our themed banners throughout the year.
In the News
Palo Alto prepares to boost fencing, add sensors on rail tracks (July 16, 2015)

Can social media play a role in suicide prevention? (June 29, 2015)

Community Notebook: Palo Alto alumni organizes mental health dialogue (June 26, 2015)

Council backs new roadmap for Project Safety Net (June 16, 2015)

Palo Alto seeks solutions to limit access to tracks (June 9, 2015)

Project Safety Net prepares for a new direction (June 3, 2015)
Partner Job Opportunities
Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS)

ACS, an PSN Partner, is currently hiring for full-time and part-time Site Supervisors in their school-based counseling programs. All qualified LMFTs or LCSWs are encouraged to apply. Job details are listed here.

Community Events & Initiatives

Please send submissions to Tanya Schornack, not directly to the partner email list.
Community Education & Events
Free QPR Training
Sponsored by PSN and the City of Palo Alto
July 21, 2015, 4-6pm, Fireside Room at

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.

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.
  • Learn to stop arguing
  • Control the use of electronics
  • Improve school attendance and performance
  • Prevent the use of drugs and alcohol, bad peer influence, and run-aways
  • Strengthen family unity and self-esteem
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.

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 development 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.

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
Free Drop-in Teen Yoga (Tuesdays)
Sponsored by PSN and the City of Palo Alto
July 21, 2015, 4-6pm, Fireside Room at
Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd, 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. Drop-in for free any Tuesday from 4-5pm. No registration required

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 information at (650) 324-3135.



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