Palo Alto School Board President Melissa Baten Caswell and Superintendent Kevin Skelly will discuss youth health and well-being with members of the faith community Sunday (Feb. 13) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in a public meeting at St. Mark's Episcopal Church.
"Stand Up For Our Youth" is the theme of the gathering, organized by the St. Mark's Advocates for Youth Committee as well as at least eight other local congregations and Peninsula Interfaith Action, a regional faith coalition whose goal is "putting faith into action."
The Feb. 13 meeting will be the second such evening organized by the St. Mark's group, which convened in October 2009 following a series of student suicides. The first gathering was held May 2, 2010, and included presentations from students and parents.
The St. Mark's group has pushed the school district to ensure that every student -- especially the shyest -- has a sense of connection at school.
"This past fall, PAUSD adopted a 'connectedness' focus goal to improve the health and well-being of our youth," the St. Mark's committee said.
"We are holding a second community meeting to review the progress made toward specific implementation steps. Help ensure the goal becomes a reality."
In addition to Caswell and Skelly, Student Services Coordinator Amy Drolette will attend the meeting. Drolette is the school district's representative on Project Safety Net.
Project Safety Net, which includes the city, school district and a host of health and community agencies, was formed after the suicides to foster a community-wide focus on "the well-being of Palo Alto's youth."
Other congregations involved in organizing Sunday's event include All Saint's Episcopal Church, Congregation Beth Am, First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, Iglesia Fuente de Vidaa, Palo Alto Friends Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto.
Child care and Spanish interpretation will be provided at the meeting, which is open to all.
For more information, contact Greg Smitherman at 650-321-2266.