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Redwood City 2020 initiated and continues to support the implementation of the Sequoia Teen Resource Center (STRC), located at Sequoia High School. The SRTC opened in September 2004 as a collaborative effort serving the Sequoia High School student population and their families.

The Sequoia Teen Resource Center provides free confidential counseling and youth development services to help students increase their academic performance, improve behavior and personal relationships, make positive decisions, and set future goals. The Center teaches youth skills and provides them with opportunities to make changes in their personal lives, families, school, and community.

STRC works closely with the Sequoia High School staff and students to tailor its programs to the needs and interests of students. The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) conducts annual surveys of the student body to identify needs and get feedback on how programs are working. Peer Mediators trained by Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC) mediate disputes among their peers. In two Health and Wellness Groups, students learn to make good choices and develop a healthy life style.

Current Activities

Counseling

  • The Sequoia Teen Resource Center provides free crisis, individual, family and group counseling. Students can self-refer or are referred by parents/guardians, guidance counselors, teachers or other school staff via a required referral form. Counseling is provided on a voluntary basis. Students are not required to participate.

Parent Workshops

  • In collaboration with the Parent Resource Center, the Sequoia Teen Resource Center provides parent workshops on topics of interest to parents/guardians. Center staff facilitates or recruits individuals and/or agencies in the community to facilitate workshops.

Youth Development Programs

  • Youth Advisory Board
  • Peer Mediation Program
  • Healthy Sequoia

Health Education

  • Health Fair- Community agencies are invited to give out resources and information to students. Youth groups are also involved.
  • Center for Youth staff provide health education in classrooms.
  • Teen Talk staff provide sexual health education in classrooms.
  • School-wide outreach efforts focused on health issues.
  • Youth Advisory Board members participate on city, county and school district committees focused on health and wellness.

Case Management

  • Notre Dame AmeriCorps members provide individual case management for selected students

Current Funders

  • David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Sequoia High School
  • San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services
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