Parent network hosts learning events
The Parents Education Network Silicon Valley is scheduled to stream a live lecture by clinical psychologist Devora Depper 9-11 a.m. Friday at Palo Alto Preparatory School, 2462 Wyandotte St., Mountain View.
Depper will discuss how the challenges of growing up with learning differences and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can negatively impact a child and his or her family. She will examine how to foster resilience in children and families through optimism, humor and self-esteem.
The event is free for members, $30 for nonmembers.
The group is also scheduled to host a panel discussion of Student Advisors for Education (SAFE) 7-9 p.m. March 5 at Kehillah Jewish High School, 3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
SAFE includes students ages 13-19 who discuss their personal experiences living with learning and attention differences.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit pen-siliconvalley.org.
PNG seeks new volunteers
Partners for New Generations, a nonprofit group that provides mentors and tutors for local students, has scheduled a volunteer information night and open house 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District offices, 1299 Bryant Ave., adjacent to Mountain View High School.
Teens and their volunteer adult mentors do everything from bowling to hiking, cooking and going to movies. Primarily they talk – and listen – to one another. The relationships are designed to help struggling students build self-esteem and find positive direction in their lives.
PNG seeks new volunteers to serve as tutors for elementary and middle-school students and mentors at the high-school level.
For more information, visit pngmvla.org/openhouse-reg.
LAHS club sponsors film screening
The LETS Club at Los Altos High School has scheduled a screening of “No Kidding? Me 2!” 7 p.m. March 12 in Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.
The film stars Joe Pantoliano, an Emmy Award-winning actor, best-selling author, director and mental-health advocate. The actor has starred in “The Sopranos,” “The Matrix” and “The Goonies.” The documentary aims to remove the stigma and shame associated with mental-health struggles.
A question-and-answer session will follow the screening.
Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley co-sponsors the event.
A group of Los Altos High students founded the LETS (Let’s Erase the Stigma of mental health) Club three years ago to empower youth to change their perceptions of mental illness via funding and developing educational programs, mentoring opportunities, research possibilities and other activities to raise awareness.
Local groups recruit volunteers
JustREAD, a nonprofit, community-funded literacy program, seeks tutors to work at least one hour per week to help middle and high school students with reading.
The program trains tutors to work one-on-one with students in a supervised classroom setting during the school year.
JustMATH, a community-volunteer math-tutoring program, needs volunteer tutors to work at least one hour per week to help students improve their math skills.
JustMATH also seeks a site coordinator to manage one of its middle school tutoring programs. The site coordinator will oversee the scheduling of students/tutors and manage tutoring sessions. The part-time, volunteer position requires approximately five to eight hours per week.