Two Palo Alto Unified School District graduates are hoping to stimulate further community conversation about definitions of success and student wellness with a panel event targeted at local parents.
Several alumni who attended Palo Alto schools will be at the event, 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8. They will share their experiences and "how their definitions of success have changed after leaving Palo Alto" as part of "Success and Wellness: Life after PAUSD," said Palo Alto High graduate Christina Chen, who is putting together the event with Gunn High School graduate Lydia Huang.
The panel will be followed by discussion in small groups "in which we will dig deeper into our individual and collective visions of success and wellness for our children," Chen wrote in an email. The organizers hope that parents will explore questions like "How do I raise a child that is both successful and healthy in Palo Alto?" and "How do we foster a healthy family and community environment that nurture the growth of our youth?"
Representatives from various groups currently engaged in addressing youth success, wellness and mental health will attend and be available to meet with participants in an optional networking session following the group discussions.
Youth well-being coalition Project Safety Net and Palo Alto University are co-sponsoring the event.
The event is a follow-up to one that Chen and another Paly graduate, Jessica Brooks, organized in June that aimed to connect alumni with others in the community working on these issues. Anyone is welcome to attend, even if they are not affiliated with the Palo Alto school district.
The event will be held at the Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road. To RSVP and for more information, go to the event's Facebook page.