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News - November 19, 2010

Giving teens space to be themselves

Community groups respond to youths' concerns with basketball, karaoke and more

by Jocelyn Dong

A couple of Friday nights ago, a crowd of more than 30 teens got together at St. Albert the Great Church on Channing Avenue, some to indulge their inner "American Idol" with a little karaoke, others to watch a movie or play various forms of "tag" outside.

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Posted by Paly Parent, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Nov 19, 2010 at 8:50 pm

This sounds wonderful.

How are these events being advertised? My own teen knew nothing about any of these functions.

It would be a good idea to have a section here on Palo Alto online for teens so that they could check in each week to see what was going on for them. Certainly some type of online overall teen website where they could access in their own way would be a good idea for publicity.

Posted by Thanks!!, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Nov 20, 2010 at 6:50 am

Wow!! This sounds great!

Thank you to all who are doing this! I have a 13 year old..we'll be checking out the activities and I will be volunteering to help out!

Posted by Thanks!!, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Nov 20, 2010 at 6:53 am

I just looked up "Palo Alto Youth Collaborative" to no luck on the net.

Does anyone know where I can go to see who is plannning what, when?


Posted by Jocelyn Dong, editor of the Palo Alto Weekly
on Nov 20, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Jocelyn Dong is a registered user.

Hi Paly Parent and Thanks!!

As efforts get off the ground, the Youth Collaborative is seeking help with publicity. I don't believe the group has a centralized website for teen events yet. However, some activities are currently posted on the city's website: Web Link

It does seem like a Facebook page (or something similar) devoted to upcoming Palo Alto teen events would be effective. Anyone who can volunteer to help or who has ideas can contact the Youth Collaborative leaders:

Linda Lenoir (school district)

Adam Howard (City of Palo Alto)

Posted by LivetoDance, a resident of another community
on Nov 22, 2010 at 10:55 am

Teen Open Gym
Basketball, Volleyball
Palo Alto Family YMCA
3412 Ross Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Friday Nights
Open to ALL Palo Alto high school students

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