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SAFERIDES: 1-888-550-RIDE. Be safe, be smart, and call for a ride if you, or your ride, are not sober and should not be behind the wheel. No questions asked and confidentiality is strictly enforced. Hours of Operation are  Fridays, 10:00 pm – 1:00 am. Also operating during Coronation and Prom.

Interested in volunteering for Saferides? We need both students and adults. Visit our Safe Rides website hereRead an article about our wonderful SafeRides volunteers. Contact for more information.

Traffic Safe Community Network’s Guidebook to Drinking and Driving View this informative guidebook for both teens and parents on the topic of  Drinking and Driving here.

CASSY (Counseling and Support Services for Youth) Program is a Bay Area nonprofit agency that partners with local schools to develop the social and emotional fitness of all students through crisis intervention, ongoing counseling, and proactive mental health education. For More Info, go to or contact Liz Schoeben at (408) 354-2730 x505.

24-hour County Crisis Line for parents or teens. 1-855-278-4204.

Bill Wilson Center (24-hour youth crisis) – 408-243-0222.

Scholarship—CASA provides college scholarships for Los Gatos High School students who show outstanding leadership and model CASA’s philosophy of promoting healthy lifestyle choices. Seniors who are interested in applying can contact Marie Rector in the career center, or fill out an application here. Deadline to apply is late March/early April.

Shifting Perceptions is one of four Peer To Peer Education programs at LGHS where the student leaders grow as ethical leaders who are positive role models for their peers. In each program, students, advised by Nancy Offer, educate the student body by providing accurate information to:

*Help students deal with high school,
*Reduce the risks of possible harmful decisions, and
*Contribute to the positive culture of LGHS.

This Shifting Perceptions group of students uses posters, student surveys, in-class presentations and bulletin boards to free teens from pressures that don’t exist and educate the student body about possible harm that results from some common choices. High school students have perceptions that are, at times, contrary to the realities. It is Shift’s job to educate students about facts and statistical truths of high school in order to help every student’s high school experience be safer and give them the opportunity to thrive in a healthy environment. Read the Los Gatos Patch article about Shifting Perceptions.

Under 21 Club – CASA provides ongoing support, guidance and mentorship to Los Gatos youth via the monthly “youth only” open mic U21 Club at  the Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company.  Interested in assisting with  one of our Under 21 Club Events ? Email us at Los Gatos students please join our Facebook page for latest news

Los Gatos Youth Commission—responsible for advising the Town Council on concerns and opportunities for the youth of Los Gatos, giving youth a greater voice in the community.

Youth Party Guidelines—developed by the Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department to address issues of youth and alcohol use, particularly as it relates to teen parties.  The guidelines serve both to inform the community what can be expected of police officers when they respond to parties involving youth, but also what is expected of youth and adults in the community to be accountable and responsible for their actions. or 408-354-8600.

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