Programs & Events
Our mission statement at SafeRides of LG is to provide free, confidential, non-judgmental, safe rides home to high school students who find themselves in unsafe situations. This may include, but is not limited to, youth who are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, whose companion is under the influence, or youth who no longer feel comfortable with the individual(s) with whom they are socializing. 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. SafeRides starts September 19th. Hours of Operation are Fridays, 10:00pm – 1:00am.
High School students and adults that are interested in volunteering can come to training sessions at Cafe Hope at the United Methodist Church next to the high school.
One can also support the program by bringing goodies to Friday night, making financial donations or donating raffle prizes for the end of the year banquet. The best way is to get involved and work a shift. Any High School student can volunteer and get community service hours while having fun and offering a great service. You do not have to have a driver’s license. However… we are always looking for drivers. Adults are welcome also since we must have a minimum of one adult per shift.
Contact us at email@example.com for more information or check our facebook page.
S.T.E.P. Parenting Class with Rodgers and Boger
Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (S.T.E.P.) is a six-week interactive course that helps parents make the transition from parenting a child to parenting a young adult. S.T.E.P. provides a practical step by step approach to help parents build a strong, positive relationship with their teenager. With the specific skills and tools learned and practiced, parents can help their teens become more cooperative, contributing members of the family. CASA has been providing this course to parents since 1985.
Advanced reservations are requested. A fee of $80 per person or $100 per couple includes a workbook and handouts .
Red Ribbon Week – Last week in October
All of the students in Los Gatos, public and private, Kindergarten through High School look forward to our Red Ribbon celebration in Los Gatos at the end of October. The schools have fun activities on campus to support healthy living styles for all students and we are grateful for the support we receive from our local merchants for before and after school treats and lunch/dinner discounts for our red band wearing students. Congratulations to all that enjoyed a fun week focusing on healthy life styles. Thank you so much to our generous merchants! Our celebration for October 2015 included discounts at Hi-Tech Burrito, La Boulanger, Jamba Juice, Noah’s Bagels, Yogurt in Love, Super Duper Burger and the Posh Bagel. A special thank you to Pizza My Heart for your annual participation of free slices of pizza for our students. Was that almost 1,000 slices this year? Also, Thank you to Whole Foods for hosting our Red Ribbon after school Celebration complete with water bottle, fruit, and after school snack give aways and a visit from the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police department with police car photo ops.
Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign against drug abuse which promotes education, prevention and healthy lifestyle choices that help young people to resist drugs and alcohol. CASA sponsors annual participation in Red Ribbon week at local elementary and middle schools. Students participate in activities centered on healthy lifestyle choices, and students wearing Red Ribbon Week wristbands receive great discounts at participating businesses in the town of Los Gatos.
Drug Awareness Week
CASA supports Los Gatos High School and Fisher Middle School students by raising awareness about drugs and alcohol through a variety of activities sponsored by CASA during Drug Awareness Week. This event typically occurs in May.
In 2014 CASA partnered with MADD to bring a crash car trailer to the front lawn of LGHS. Victim speakers presented to the Junior and Senior classes, and an educational speaker to the Leadership classes. In addition, CASA sponsored a “Power of Parents” evening presentation for adults, and posters and brochures for students in the main hallway.
Interested in volunteering for this event? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Semi-Annual Prescription Drug Drop-Off
CASA, in conjunction with the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department, holds this semi-annual event where Los Gatos community members can safely dispose of unwanted and unused medications. The event is coordinated with the DEA National Take Back Day. 204 residents participated in the Spring 2014 drop-off event, yielding 496 pounds of pharmaceuticals for disposal. Drop off are usually held in September and May. Please contact email@example.com for dates.
Under 21 Club
High School students are welcome to participate in open mic U21 Club at the Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company, monthly on Friday nights. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or find their facebook page.
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We are pleased to announce that the Under 21 Club is now an official club of LGHS sponsored by CASA! The teacher supervisor is Mr. Clark. U21 has m0re than doubled in size since last year! Calling on all parents to help us to spread the word to Los Gatos teens to come hang out with friends and enjoy food and live entertainment!
The Parenting Continuum
The Parenting Continuum is a community alliance empowering parents to nurture the whole child and the whole family; focusing on providing parenting education and resources to parents of children in grades K-12. We are a group of volunteer parents who care and want to bring awareness, support, and resources to help meet the challenges of parenting. Please join us for a weekly hike or monthly Wednesday morning book club. For current programs, updates, and resources on parenting, please visit: www.parentingcontinuum.org or visit our Facebook page.
Other Ways CASA Supports our Youth
CASA helps fund Los Gatos High School events, such as Challenge Day, and provides grants to student leadership club, and awards scholarships to graduating seniors who have shown commitment and participation in supporting CASA’s efforts at the high school.