Social worker hired to lead youth-wellness coalition Schools & Kids, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Apr 11, 2012 at 1:01 pm
A veteran social worker has been hired to run Project Safety Net, Palo Alto's youth mental health coalition formed in the wake of a devastating series of local student deaths by suicide in 2009 and 2010.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 9:53 AM
Posted by Sheri, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Apr 11, 2012 at 1:01 pm
How about using some of that Stanford public benefit money to fund the Animal Shelter, especially as it benefits Stanford residents? Not to sound anti-youth, but there are also other services this town needs and values.
Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Apr 11, 2012 at 1:05 pm
Apart from the obvious question of whether we can afford another City employee, I would like to know exactly what she will be doing? Will she have an office, and an assistant, and a budget? Will she be doing things that are presently done by qualified volunteers for a great deal more expense? Will she be working hand in glove with some of our existing youth organizations, the Y, Boys and Girls Scouts, our high schools, our church youth groups, etc. etc.?
While I like the idea of having a full time youth advocate in Palo Alto, I am wary of this announcement. Unless we know what exactly she will be asked to do, I can't see this than anything more than fluff. I give her a year to prove her worth. After that, she is just another City Hall employee.
Posted by WELCOME and Thank You, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Apr 12, 2012 at 10:50 am
Welcome, welcome Ms. Llerena! Thank you for saying yes to Palo Alto's call and sharing your skills with our community. There is still important and helpful work to be done. Thank you to the City Council for allocating a portion of the Stanford's public benefit dollars to the overall effort of Project Safety net and youth wellbeing in PA.
Dear Resident, I agree, & Fed Up... speaking of effort, a quick (and free!) google search for details and a job description would have provided you with this up-front link and answers to a number of your questions: Web Link
Hard work? Needed? Qualified? Well thought through? Paid for? - yes. Fluff? - no.
Still wary, questioning or disgruntled (respectively)? Check it out for yourselves - get involved or come to a meeting. Then, please post.