"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."  - Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Upcoming Project Safety Net & Partner Events
in January 2017 and beyond
For additional upcoming community and youth events, please visit the PSN website.
Project Safety Net (PSN)
Question, Persuade & Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Class
Ask a Question, Save a Life

Sponsored by the City of Palo Alto and Project Safety Net
Tues, Feb 7, 6-8pm,
Mitchell Park Community Center

Register via City of Palo Alto

Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) for suicide prevention is a FREE training available to anyone 18 years of age or older. QPR training helps you learn the signs of suicide, and what to do to help prevent this most preventable of deaths. QPR, modeled after CPR training, is an emergency response to someone in crisis. The class will be taught by certified QPR Trainer Bill Larson from the Stanford Department of Public Safety.

Why QPR Training Matters? “It gives us all hope for preventing youth suicide, ” Paul Quinnett, PhD, Founder of QPR Institute. Counties implementing gatekeeper trainings had significantly lower suicide rates among aged 10 to 24 years than similar counties that did not implement trainings (1.33 fewer deaths per 100,000; p=.02).Walrath, C. et. al (2015). Impact of the Garret Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Program on Suicide Mortality, American Journal of Public Health, 105, 896-993.
PSN Partner Events
MLK, Jr. Day of Celebration
Mon, Jan 16, 11am-2pm
Mitchell Park Community Center
3700 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto

Join Youth Community Service (YCS) & the City of Palo Alto in celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his teachings on community and service. Please visit the YCS website for event updates & details.
Meditation & Watercolor
Sponsored by Palo Alto City Library
Sun, Jan 15, 4-5 p.m. 
Midtown Room, Mitchell Park Library
3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto

Artist Lisa Solomon will engage local teens in an one-hour art-making and visualization workshop. In this workshop, Lisa will discuss cultural, scientific, and historical ideas about color, then lead participants in a Color Meditation exercise. 
Registration required
Click here for more teen library events.
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). Click here for more events 

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.

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. 


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 > 

Volunteers Needed for Challenge Days @ Jordan Middle School
750 N California Ave, Palo Alto
Tues, Feb 17 and Thurs Feb 22

Contact Lillian Horn

Jordan Middle School is hosting two Challenge Days and is in need of parent and community volunteers to participate with the students.  Jordan's Challenge Day is an experiential social and emotional learning program for students in grades 7 and 8. The aim of the program is to ignite a shift toward greater school connectedness, empathy, and inclusivity.
Click here for more information >

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.

Annual Report on the Suicide Prevention Initiative at the Board of Supervisors’ Health and Hospital Committee  
Wed, Jan 18, 10am
County Government Center, 70 West Hedding St,. 1st fl, San Jose

Attend the 2016 Annual Suicide Prevention Report to the Health and Hospital Committee of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. 
Or watch a live feed. 

Immigrants and Allies in 2017: Feeling Safe in a New Era
Thurs, Jan 19, 7-9pm
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

The Whole Brain Child with
Dr. Tina Bayne Bryson

Sponsored by the Child Training Inst.
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 > 

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
Youth Mental Health First Aid 
2-day 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 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 >


Looking for Season Ticket Gift Opportunity for the Y’s Reach & Rise Mentoring Program
Are you a season ticket holder to any of the local venues? Consider donating the tickets you cannot use to the Y’s Reach & Rise Mentoring Program. The Y’s program matches struggling youth with caring adult mentors. Our youth and mentors would be thrilled to go attend an event as most do not have the financial resources for these opportunities. To donate tickets, please contact Michael Anderson at 618-616-9411 or michael.anderson@ymcasv.org.
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