Silicon Valley culture leads to stress in teens and adults

Many articles have been written about the state of mental illness in Silicon Valley. I’ve read my fair share of tirades by concerned adults, such as the famous Atlantic magazine article “The Silicon Valley Suicides.”

Despite these articles, awareness campaigns, speeches, discussions and forums by both teens and parents, no action of consequence is actually taking place. Well-intentioned initiatives such as mental health groups at schools, websites and apps such as Teenztalk.org, created by Silicon Valley teens, are not enough to counteract the mental health epidemic.

Bullis Boosters Summer Bridge Camp settles into stability


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Pulses race and hearts thump in a science class at last week’s Bullis Boosters summer camp, as campers learn to take their own vital signs.

It takes a village to put on the Bullis Boosters Summer Bridge Camp.

Co-founded five years ago by a group of Bullis Charter School parents to battle “summer slide” in kids’ academic prowess, the camp has grown through collaboration as it pursues a permanent and sustainable future.

Let's promote active citizenship by lowering voting age to 16

 

Voting has always felt like a part of my life, even though I cannot yet vote. For as long as I can remember, I have accompanied my parents to polling places each November and marveled at the array of people gathered there. It was a tangible reminder of the importance of active citizenship.

Local Harker School students test engineering chops at national competition


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Harker School’s nationally competitive engineering team prepares at home for the TEAMS event in Orlando.

Los Altos Hills teen Jackie Yang captained an engineering team all the way to Orlando, Fla., last month for the national TEAMS competition, challenging students’ prowess in tests of engineering aptitude, mathematics and science.

Downtown Los Altos family mixer promotes lifelong friendship


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Los Altos kids who met through the Cradle to Covington group  bond during a beach outing in Carme.

The community organization Los Altos Friends for Life has scheduled a social mixer Aug. 6 on the Downtown Green, aiming to help local families break out of their usual routines and meet new friends.

Local teachers attend coding bootcamp


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Elise Kuypers, front left, a STEM teacher at Oak Avenue School, and Alison Mort, a sixth-grade teacher at Springer School, power through a coding challenge at Foothill College’s Computer Science Crash Course for educators last month.

Far from the carefree poolside summer break one might imagine for teachers, local educators this month signed up in droves for Foothill College’s intensive Computer Science Crash Course. The workshop, offered at the Krause Center for Innovation, filled both the June and July sessions within days and overflowed to a waitlist.

Funded by a CS4HS award from Google Inc. supporting the teaching of computer science in high school, the four-day bootcamp bolstered teachers’ own coding skills while focusing on how to implement computer science content in the classroom.


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