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PSN Partner e-News
May 20, 2015

Dear PSN Partners,

Lots of exciting things are happening at Project Safety Net (PSN) as we embark on our next phase of collaboration, commitment and growth. On May 7th, the PSN Leadership Team and some partners representing schools, health, education and communities sectors attended a Collective Impact workshop with our special advisors, Dr. Jim Connell and Dalene Dutton. The purpose of the meeting was to help PSN leaders focus on the things that most matter in promoting youth well-being and suicide prevention, to better understand and articulate how our work is making a difference and to help all stakeholders re-affirm their commitment to this work under the collective impact model.

We realize that time and the amount of people invited was limited. As a next step, at the May 28th Community Collaborative meeting, we would like to invite, all PSN partners to have an opportunity to review the notes and contribute to the mapping activity and gap analysis initiated. Stay tuned for a more comprehensive email coming to your in-box later this week on preparing for the meeting.     

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Many of our partners like the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and the Santa Clara Mental Health Department are putting on events and public education seminars that bring attention to and help erase the stigma of mental illness. If you have any event submissions, please send it to Tanya Schornack

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.

Minka van der Zwaag, PSN Co-Lead
.PSN Community Collaborative Mtg
May 28, 2015,
4 - 6 pm

PAUSD Boardroom @ Churchill Ave and El Camino, Palo Alto, 94306
Join the conversation#eachmindmatters.
Community Events & Initiatives

Please send submissions to Tanya Schornack, not directly to the partner email list.
Parent Education

What are the Warning Signs? Depression and Suicide with Dr. Glen Elliott 
Tonight! May 20, 2015, 6:30 pm  
Children's Health Council, 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto, CA 94304  
These days anxiety is the number one problem interfering with kids’ emotional well-being. Anxiety can also be combined with attention or learning problems. Parents will learn how to understand their anxious child’s reactions, how to respond and how to help their youngster with tools for success.

Girl Talk: Boys, Bullies and Body Image

May 27, 2015, 6:30 pm   
Fusion Academy, 2000 Alameda de las Pulgas #128, San Mateo, CA 94403
Her book, Girl Talk: Boys, Bullies and Body Image is a compilation of interviews with teen girls on the topic of self-esteem which also offers an effective and practical system designed to RAISE (Resilience, Attitude, Independence, Self-Respect and Empowerment) teen self-esteem.

The Parenting Project:Proven Method for Raising and Protecting Teens  

September 3 - November 19, 2015, Thursdays, 6 - 9 pm
Sponsored by the Palo Alto Police Department
Cubberley Community Ctr., Greendale Campus, 4000 Middlefield Rd, Rm. T2,
Palo Alto, CA 94303

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
Youth Opportunities & Education

Join the #CaringNeigbors Team 
We want to make a big splash - encourage neighborhoods to build community, get to know one another, and strengthen the fabric of our city. We are looking for 6-8 local teens for our summer #CaringNeighbors Team. The team will be working with Terry Godfrey of the Palo Alto Developmental Assets Initiative and with the help of a staff member from the City of Palo Alto and other adult volunteers. The assignment will last from roughly Memorial Day to Labor Day and include about 50 hours of work. Students can choose to either get volunteer service hours credit or a stipend of $500 paid at the end of the assignment. Apply by Friday, May 22 to Terry Godfrey.

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

Gender Spectrum Professional Symposium
July 11 - 12, 2015, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA
This event is ideal for professionals that work with Gender-expansive youth and/or their families. Participants will take part in programming, activities and immediately accessible resources designed to build the capacity of professionals for working with families and young people around issues of gender.
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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