Girls Advisory Team Institute

During the pandemic, local youth expressed the need for safe spaces to communicate their needs, heal, and build community. In response, the Office of Women’s Policy hosted its first Girl’s* Advisory Team Institute between September and October 2021. Twenty-six high school students from across Santa Clara County participated in a two-day wellness series to address individual and collective wellness needs in the context of Covid-19, remote schooling, returning to in-person schooling, and COVID-19 Recovery.  

*Girls refers to gender expansive youth (cis girls, trans girls, non-binary youth, gender non-conforming youth, gender queer youth and any girl-identified youth) 



  • Networked with youth and community members. 
  • Participated in collective and individual healing spaces through creative practices. 
  • Informed policy recommendations to support youth wellbeing. 
  • Learned about community resources and how to navigate them. 

To learn more read:  GATI - Program Outcomes and Recommendation

If you need mental health service resources, please visit our local community agencies below. If you need immediate help, please call emergency services at 911. 

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