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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 04/11/2012
Subject :

Project Safety Net Program Director to Come On Board at City
Contact : Greg Betts, Director, Community Services Department    650-463-4951
Palo Alto, CA – City Manager James Keene announced the appointment of Christina Llerena (pronounced ya – reh – nah) as the new program director for Project Safety Net (PSN); today is her first day with the City. Most recently, Christina worked as the Education Director at Sacred Heart Community Services in San Jose.

"We were really impressed with the depth of Christina's coalition-building experience and passion for working with youth, including her dedication to youth well-being," said City Manager Jim Keene. “Because she believes in involving all of our PSN coalition partners and youth in all aspects of the work of Project Safety Net, we anticipate that great strides will be made towards youth well-being under her leadership.”

Ms. Llerena has over 17 years of direct service and administrative experience which includes serving as a faculty member on several community college campuses. She has taught College Success courses and high school workshops that gave students an overview of college life and the transfer process, as well as Careers and Lifestyles classes to help students identify personal strengths, interests and educational/vocational goals. Ms. Llerena has lead a broad based community coalition focused on early education for several years and has implemented a comprehensive Child and Family Wellness Program. In addition, she has organized 10 statewide Transition Age Youth (TAY) conferences and six webcasts on systems-wide collaboration and best practices among health and mental health providers.

According to Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent, Dr. Kevin Skelly, “We are delighted that Ms. Christina Llerena will take on the position of Program Director for Project Safety Net. Her leadership and experience in leading community coalitions will be a great asset to the current structural implementations and recommendations of Project Safety Net. We look forward to the great work ahead and join in the commitment to continue to support the overall wellness of Palo Alto’s youth.”

Ms. Llerena has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University.

About Project Safety Net
The mission of Project Safety Net [] is to develop and implement an effective, comprehensive, community-based mental health plan for overall youth well-being in Palo Alto.

The plan includes education, prevention and intervention strategies that together provide a Safety Net for youth and teens in Palo Alto, and defines our community’s teen suicide prevention efforts.