AAUW offers Tech Trek, college scholarships

The Pleasant Hill-Martinez branch of the American Association of University Women is offering college scholarship and Tech Trek camp awards to students from local schools.

Scholarships of $1,000 will be given to women graduating from College Park or Alhambra high schools this June. Completed college scholarship applications must be received by Friday, March 28. Applications are available at the counselor's office or can be downloaded at www.aauw-pleasanthill-martinez.org.

Middle school seventh-grade girls from Pleasant Hill and Martinez who are interested in attending the AAUW Tech Trek camp this summer, can contact their science or math teacher for a scholarship application.

Tech Trek is a math and science camp program that fosters education and seeks out girls with an interest in sciences. Tech Trek applications must be received by the end of February. For information, go to www.aauw-ph.org.

AAUW is a national organization which advances the equity for all women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

YVHS annual banquet supports sports teams

Ygnacio Valley High School's annual fundraising banquet March 22 will support its sports teams.

It will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, in Walnut Creek.


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The banquet will be catered by Kinder's BBQ. There will be a raffle, and live and silent auctions, with opportunities for trips to Disneyland, Hornblower dinner cruise, and water skiing on the Delta, along with San Francisco Giants and San Francisco Ballet tickets and more.

Tickets are $35 if purchased by March 1, and $40 after. For tickets and information, contact Heidi at yvhsab@gmail.com or HeidiHastings@att.net.

City Hall photo exhibit by College Park students

"Life As We Know It," a photo exhibit by College Park High students exploring their relationship with their campus, will be on display at Pleasant Hill City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane.

The opening reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. March 3. The exhibit is open from March 3-14, during regular business hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 8:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday; and 8:30 to 1 p.m. Friday.

The AjA Project was made possible by the California Safe and Supportive Schools grant.

High school students can 'Direct Change'

Student filmmakers throughout California are invited to "Direct Change" by submitting videos for a statewide contest to prevent suicide and change minds about mental illness.

The contest is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students.

These initiatives are funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority, an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

Contest requirements:

  • Open to high school students in California

  • Asks students to develop a 60-second public service announcement about suicide prevention or eliminating mental illness stigma during the 2012-2013 school year

  • Awards the winning team and associated school a $1,000 cash prize

  • Enters each school into a drawing for a free suicide prevention program

  • Recognizes students and schools at an award ceremony in Sacramento at the end of the school year.

    Students can download an entry form at www.DirectingChange.org before submitting their PSA. For each Intent to Direct form that is submitted, the student's school is entered for a chance to win a suicide prevention program.

    Entry deadline is midnight March 1.

    For information or questions, email jana@directingchange.org.

    DVC looks for hosts for international students

    The International Education Center at Diablo Valley is looking for families to host international students on a long- or short-term basis.

    Families get a monthly stipend of $825 per student.

    For requirements or information, contact Fia Parker at 925-876-0080, or email fparker@dvc.edu.

    Items included on a space-available basis; not all submissions published. Email schoolscene@bayareanewsgroup.com or fax 925-943-8362.