News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 01/28/2016
Subject :

City Hosting Second Annual Teen Forum to Promote Open Dialogue among Local Teens
and Engage the Community in Addressing Teen Issues
Contact : Lacee Kortsen, Senior Community Services Manager    (650) 463-4910
Palo Alto, CA—On Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, the City of Palo Alto in partnership with Palo Alto Youth Council will host its second annual teen forum titled Palo Alto Strong: A Teen Movement to Promote Resilience and Empathy. The forum will take place at Mitchell Park Community Center from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

During this student-centered forum, teens will have the opportunity to participate in a series of dialogue circles, led by teen-selected adult facilitators, about topics that teens have identified as important to them and critical to their well-being. Topics will include: Dealing with Stress; Building Strong Relationships; Tackling Mental Illness; Helping a Friend in Need; and Daily Life Choices. The purpose of the dialogue circles is to encourage teens to have open and honest dialogue in a safe environment with trusted adult facilitators. Teens can share ideas on maintaining the social, mental, and physical well-being of Palo Alto youth, while contributing to the community's commitment to elevate the teen voice.

While the teen discussions are taking place, adults will be invited to participate in an adult workshop designed to provide support for parents, educators, advocates, and allies for teens in the community who have been impacted by the issues teens face.

At the conclusion of the dialogue circles and adult workshop, all attendees will come together for Empathy Hour, an opportunity for continued conversations and relationship building. This segment will include a catered dinner, live music, art activities, and raffle contests. The forum will end with a student alumni panel and closing remarks. 

Youth, parents, educators, and teen advocates are encouraged to attend this event. All who attend will be entered into a raffle contest for gift cards and more. To RSVP, visit: