Girls Advisory Team Institute

The Girls Advisory Team program is currently on pause due to COVID-19.

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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