Welcome to the Teen Resource CenterTop of Page

The Sequoia Teen Resource Center was opened in September 2004. The Center serves the Sequoia High School student population and their families. It is a collaborative effort between Sequoia Union High School District, Redwood City 2020, Human Services Agency of San Mateo County, StarVista, Health Connected, Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, Acknowledge Alliance, Notre Dame de Namur AmeriCorps and Sequoia Teen Wellness Center.
 

Mission

The Sequoia Teen Resource Center provides free confidential counseling, and youth development services to help students increase their academic performance, improve behavior and personal relationships, make positive decisions and set future goals. The Center teaches youth skills and provides them with opportunities to make changes in their personal lives, families, school, and community.

The Center is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and is located next to the Health Aide Office at Sequoia High School. For further information about our services and programs contact Judy Romero, Director at (650) 367-9780 x60065.

The Center partners with Sequoia Teen Wellness Center located at 200 James Avenue at the entrance of the James Ave parking lot. The Wellness Center is a satellite clinic of San Mateo Medical Center and provides health care services to youth 12-21 years of age. If you would like further information about the Wellness Center, please contact Dr. Sylvia Espinoza at 650.366.2927.

Free Services and Programs Top of Page

  • Counseling
  • Youth Development Programs
  • Health Education
  • Parent workshops
  • Mentor Program

Counseling

The Sequoia Teen Resource Center provides free crisis, individual, family and group counseling. Students can self-refer or are referred by parents/guardians, guidance counselors, teachers or other school staff. A referral form is required to be filled out. Counseling is provided on a voluntary basis. Students are not required to participate.

Parent Workshops

In collaboration with the Parent Resource Center, the Sequoia Teen Resource Center provides parent workshops on topics of interest to parents/guardians. Center staff facilitates or recruits individuals and/or agencies in the community to facilitate workshops.

Youth Development Programs

  • Youth Advisory Board
  • Peer Mediation Program
  • Leadership and Resiliency Program

 

Health Education

  • Health Fair- Community agencies are invited to give out resources and information to students. Youth groups are also involved.
  • Health Connected staff provide sexual health education in classrooms.
  • School-wide outreach efforts focused on health issues.
  • Guest Speakers are scheduled for class presentations
  • Youth Advisory Board members participate on city, county and school district committees focused on health and wellness.

Mentor Program

  • Notre Dame de Namur AmeriCorps members mentor and tutor a selected group of students .

Youth Leadership ProgramsTop of Page

Our Youth Leadership Programs are all weekly after school programs run by the StarVista Youth Development Initiative.

Youth Advisory Board

Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is the student voice for the Center. Each year, Youth Advisory Board members conduct a needs assessment survey to find out what our students feel are the biggest issues on campus and in our community. Based on the needs assessment findings YAB then creates projects and campaigns to address and raise awareness about those issues. Youth Advisory Board members also represent the Sequoia Teen Resource Center on district, city and county committees such as the School District's Wellness Advisory Committee, and Redwood City-North Fair Oaks Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Partnership . In addition, Youth Advisory Board members provide outreach for both the Sequoia Teen Resource Center and Sequoia Wellness Center.

 

Peer Mediation

The group is composed of Sequoia students 9th through 12th grade who receive training in conflict mediation skills. Throughout the year, our peer mediators provide mediations for students who are working through a conflict. If you ever have a conflict with a peer, you can request peer mediation by notifying a teacher, guidance counselor, AVP or by coming to the Teen Resource Center and talking to one of the TRC staff. Peer Mediation also works to promote heathly relationships on campus and in the community through projects and campaigns addressing issues like bullying or teen dating violence.

 

Leadership and Resiliency Program (LRP)

The Leadership and Resiliency Program is the newest addition to the youth development programs in the TRC offered by StarVista. The LRP has three main components which all work to help it's members build healthy relationships, expand their personal competencies and goal setting skills. The three main components are weekly Resiliency Groups, and monthly Community Service and Adventure Activity trips. Resiliency Groups will happen at lunch and consist of various activities and discussions. The monthy Community Service and Adventure Activity trips will take place after school and occasionally on weekends where students will get to assume a positive role in the community and experience opportunities to gain leadership skills.

 

For more information about the Youth Advisory Board, Peer Mediation, or Leadership and Resiliency Program (LRP), please contact Whitney Fitzgerald at the Teen Resource Center  650.367.9780 x60067 or wfitzgerald@seq.org

Counseling Trainee and Internship OpportunitiesTop of Page

Sequoia Teen Resource Center provides opportunities for Marriage and Family Therapy graduate students to do their trainee/internship at the Center.

Interns and trainees receive weekly individual clinical supervision. The Sequoia Teen Resource Center provides a friendly, safe, team oriented, learning environment. Interns and trainees must be finger printed and have a recent TB test.

For further information, please contact Judy Romero at 650.367.9780 x60065 or email jromero@seq.org.

Staff RosterTop of Page

For general questions, please contact Judy Romero. You can also send a fax to 650.839.8988. We look forward to your questions.

Click to send an email message:
 
Romero, Judy
Director, Sequoia Teen Resource Center
Ext. 60065

Fitzgerald, Whitney
Youth Development Coordinator
Ext. 60067

Karzen, Laurie
Therapist, LCSW
Ext. 60066