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Social & Personal Development

How do Counselors Help?

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How do Counselors Help?
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Counselors work as a team, partnering up with resources on and off campus to provide students with support. 
Sequoia Support Team

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Sequoia Support Team
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Mindfulness Wednesdays

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Mindfulness Wednesdays
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Join Ms. Judy from the Teen Resource Center (TRC) for 15 minutes of Mindfulness on Wednesdays!
 
When: Every Wednesday, starting this Wednesday, 9/23!
Time: 12pm until 12:15pm
Students from all grade levels welcome.
Practice breathing exercises and guided visualizations!
 
Family Center Resources

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For additional resources for families please visit our Family Center Webpage (CLICK HERE)
Additonally, the Family Center has a Youtube Channel (CLICK HERE)
Community Based Organizations

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Community Based Organizations
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StarVista
An organization that focuses on Youth Development on campus but provides outside support for students and families. 
Boys and Girls Club of Peninsula
A program that provides many services to our students, families, and communities.
  • Academic Support 
  • After- School Programs
  • Summer Programs
  • Mental Health Support
  • Future Grads (10th-12th) 
  • 9th Grade Success Program 

Acknowledge Alliance 
Acknowledge Alliance serves K-12 schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, integrating resilience into all levels of learning by: mentoring educators, counseling at-risk youth and teaching social emotional learning lessons for the whole classroom. 
 
San Mateo County-Rape Trauma Services
San Mateo County providing comprehensive sexual assault services for survivors and their loved ones while working in the community to prevent sexual assault, end cycles of violence, and educate residents and providers about sexual violence and other kinds of abuse.
With distance learning and a more significant reliance on technical devices to access learning, it is important parents understand the risks and have open, meaningful conversations with their student about being online. The tools created, (and outlined below) are intended to assist parents who have already had these discussions, and to provide a roadmap for those who have not yet begun.  Along with the tools, RTS is offering virtual workshops to review the information and answer parent questions. 
The documents include:
  • The Safety Guide is designed to provide parents with information on internet safety and help them address the potential dangers our youth are exposed to through common social media platforms. It covers cyberbullying among other serious concerns.
  • How to Talk to Your Children About Sex, Sexting and Digital Safety is a step by step guide to having open-ended conversations to set boundaries for your child and for intervene when/if a parent discovers concerning material on a device.  example of how to have a conversation with your youth if you find concerning pictures or texts on their phone. 
  • Flyer for Helping Your Child/Teen Safely Navigate the Online World – is an invitation to parents/guardians to a webinar, offered in English and Spanish, facilitated by Violence Prevention Educators in San Mateo County to learn about youth culture and how maintain open communication with their student. 
    • Three dates for high school parents (2 English, 1 Spanish)
    • Three dates for middle school parents (2 English, 1 Spanish)
These documents are located on the SMCOE website, and will be added to the websites of RTS, Child and Family Services, and BHRS. While this is a difficult subject, we are hoping to spread these helpful documents far and wide to better protect our students. If you have any questions please feel free to contact  Amanda Freemam, Program Director of Rape Trauma Services at amanda@rapetraumaservices.org  or Mary McGrath, Exective Director of Safe and Supportive Schools at mmcgrath@smcoe.org.
 
Upstream Project in Collaboration with Life Moves
Provides 1x1 case management services (by the Life Moves staff) to students (and their families) who would benefit from: 
  • support securing stable housing 
  • support accessing mental &/or physical health services
  • support engaging and succeeding in school
  • support accessing county and/or other community services
  • support with budgeting and financial literacy
For more information please talk to your counselor or to Miki Cristerna

San Mateo Pride Center
Pride Center is the first ever LGBTQ+ community center in San Mateo County. Whether seeking behavioral health services or gathering in solidarity with others to share stories, build relationships, learn, grow, create, and heal together. 
  • Case management
  • Crisis intervention
  • Mental Health services
  • Peer groups

Outlet
Outlet empowers Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQQ+) youth and builds safe and accepting communities through support, education, and advocacy. Outlet is youth-centered, respecting all individuals and honoring their differences.  Outlet program staff provide a safe environment that is confidential, inclusive, and non-judgmental.

Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) @ Sequoia
Student-run organizations that unite LGBTQ+ and allied youth to build community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities. GSA club will start up soon, but students can email the Sequoia GSA Board members at sequoiagsa@gmail.com.