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School is Out,
but ACS Programs are open all summer.


New! College Support Group
Wednesday, June 11 – Wednesday, August 6
6-7 pm for 8 weeks

Are you heading to college and worried about what challenges lie ahead? Need extra support to help with the transition? Come learn how to survive your first year of college and share your concerns with people who have lived through the experience.

Click on link for flyer: College Group Flyer

$20 per session (scholarships provided if necessary)
Contact: or by phone 650.424.0852 ext 104

Outlet Program Expands Group Offerings
At NEW location, Junior Gym,
101 S B Street, San Mateo, CA from 6:30-8 pm

2nd and 4th Tuesdays - De Ambiente - Bilingual Spanish/English LGBTQQ group for Latino youth, ages 13-25. Begins Tuesday, March 11.

2nd and 4th Thursdays - English group for LGBTQQ youth ages 13-18 (but we won't turn anyone away due to age.) Begins Thursday, March 13.

At ACS offices,
1717 Embarcadero Rd, 4000, Palo Alto from 6:30-7 pm

Weekly Thursdays- for English LGBTQQ youth13-18 year
Begins Thursday, February 27

The groups are free, drop-in and confidential. To view the flyer, click here! Or contact us at or 650-965-2020 ext 122.

Substance Abuse Prevent
ion Workshop

Next workshop:
July 23, 2014
September 17, 2014
November 19, 2014

8:30 am - 9:30 am
1717 Embarcadero Rd, Ste 4000
Palo Alto, CA 650-424-0852

ACS invites all parents of pre-teens/teens to join us for breakfast, an education on substance abuse, and an open discussion about substance use with trained Substance Abuse Counselors.

Learn more here!
If you are interested in attending a workshop please email or call (650) 424-0852 ext. 200.

Substance Abuse Parent Help Line
The Parents Toll-Free Helpline is a nationwide support service that offers assistance to parents and other primary caregivers of children with substance abuse issues, who want to talk to someone about their child’s drug use and drinking.
Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm ET.
1-855-Drugfree (378-4373) | In English and Spanish

SV GIVES | May 6, 2014

THANK YOU for your support!

Thank you to everyone who participated in Silicon Valley's first 24-hour day of giving and contributed to ACS! With your help, we raised over $32,000 in donations and matches!

If you missed Silicon Valley Gives and would like to make a gift to support Adolescent Counseling Services, you can send a check to ACS at 1717 Embarcadero Rd. Suite 4000, Palo Alto, CA 94303 or make a gift online.

Watch videos about our programs - and then share them with your friends!

Community Announcement

Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) Incorporates Outlet Program to Expand Service Offerings
Outlet is ACS’ 4th program serving youth and families in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
Read the press release here.
Executive Director, Philippe

Dear Community Friends,

Since becoming the Executive Director of Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) in 2004, my leadership decisions regarding agency growth, change, and development have always been guided by the primary reasons why ACS began in the first place. ACS was conceived in 1975, by a group of dedicated and passionate community individuals who decided to do something real and meaningful for teens in distress. Their vision was to open a safe, warm and welcoming place of respite for troubled teens − a place where any young person could simply walk in and find a trusted adult in whom they could confide. ACS, in essence, derived from this vision and has developed as a place where all teens are welcomed by staff, Board, and supporters alike with open arms, minds and hearts. These basic principles of inclusion and acceptance have been the driving forces behind all of ACS’ programming decisions. ACS’ On-Campus Counseling (OCC) Program, Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment (ASAT) Program and After-School Counseling Program (ASCP) all welcome teens in need by providing affordable, professional, accessible counseling services. Even our decision to move ACS’ offices in 2011 to our current location – a space that is bright, intimate, and inviting − was guided by the original idea of ACS being a safe, welcoming place for teens.

In keeping with the spirit of ACS being synonymous with “welcome,” we recently made the decision to expand services.... Continue reading Philippe's letter here.

In Service,

Dr. Philippe Rey
Executive Director
Adolescent Counseling Services

Get Connected!

2012-2013 Annual Report
It's here! Click here to view ACS' 2012-2013 Annual Report which revisits year-end program statistics and outlines plans for the future of Adolescent Counseling Services.

ACS booklet: 'Social and Emotional Resuscitation for Teens'
Click here to view the latest ACS booklet, containing an overwhelming list of the issues ACS helps treat, an overview of ACS' programs, an ACS Success Story and information on how you can join us in helping teenagers find their way .

ACS E-News
Have you subscribed to the ACS E-newsletter? All ACS E-newsletters include valuable parent tips, ACS program updates and recent news in the world of teen mental health. Subscribe today!

To view past issues of the ACS E-News, please click the links below:
February 2014
November 2013
July 2013
May 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013

The Guide: Summer 2012 Issue
Click here to read our Spring/Summer 2012 Guide.

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Tutorial: Parenting Teens and Technology
This tutorial will provide valuable tools to improve your knowledge of technology, start conversations with your teenager and discuss how to make good choices. Click here to read about teen "sexting," and don't forget to visit our blog in the coming months for more information.

Support ACS


In the 2013-14 school year, ACS plans to serve over 10,000 teens and family members through our four programs and community education. A gift of any size will help Adolescent Counseling Services meet this demand. Join ACS today in helping teenagers find their way!

Adolescent Counseling Services is a charitable organization pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the
Internal Revenue Code

ACS' Tax Identification Number is 51-0192551

4 Star Rating-Charity Navigator
Click on the image to learn how ACS achieved this award.

Charity Navigator is
America's largest and
most-utilized independent evaluator of charities.

In 2013 ACS was awarded the prestigious 4-star rating.

Teen Talk Blog

ACS is proud to present Teen Talk , a blog with tips for parents of adolescents. This resource is updated 2-3 times per week. To get the most from the blog, subscribe and get updates by email!

99 Tips for Talking With Your Teenager!

Download your free copy!
Since 2006, ACS has distributed thousands of free copies of it's "99 Tips" booklet, providing invaluable tips on parent-communication to families in the area. Now, ACS is making this resource available online in both English and Spanish.

Descagar "Noventa y nueve consejos para poder hablar con su hijo(a) adolescente" en Español

Planning Our Future - Together

Philanthropy leaves a powerful message about the ideals and values of an organization that is important to you.

Legacy, A Financial & Charitable Planning Guide from ACS, offers information to help you prioritize your goals, whatever your philanthropic dreams. Learn more about making a Legacy Gift to ACS