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Teen Wellness Retreat San Carlos Youth Center Belmont

Join the Exciting 1st Ever Teen Wellness Retreat

April 20 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Summary Information

  • Apr 20, 2024
  • Age at least 11 yrs but less than 18y 11m 4w, Mixed (Grades 6-12)
  • Registration is limited to 100 teens.
  • Contact Information: Email elicko@cityofsancarlos.org or call (650) 802-4122

The City of San Carlos and City of Belmont are excited to collaborate by hosting the Teen Wellness Retreat for teens grades 6-12! The Teen Wellness Retreat is a one day event for teens to destress and refresh their mental health and well-being through various workshops and self-care activities. The day will include breakfast, lunch, boba, a resource fair, raffles, and giveaways, all for FREE! For additional information, and questions, please contact elicko@cityofsancarlos.org or call (650) 802-4122.

Welcome to Belmont and San Carlos’ first ever Teen Wellness Retreat!

The Teen Wellness Retreat is a unglue event that will provide teens with the space to unwind, rejuvenate, and prioritize their mental health. In the midst of the challenges and demands of teenage life, it’s crucial to take a break and invest in your mental health.

The retreat offers a blend of workshop sessions, self-care activities, self-discovery, and delicious food to fuel your body throughout the day. Not to mention, there will be swag and giveaways for you to take home and enjoy!

We hope that all attendees leave the event feeling refreshed and confident to take on any challenges thrown their way!

We would like to express our gratitude to all the amazing organizations and businesses that have contributed to the planning and execution of this event. We look forward to offering this event to the teen community on a yearly basis!



Who can register?

Registration is open to teens grades 6-12 and limited to 100 participants. We cannot accommodate day-of registrations.



How do I register?


Event Schedule

  1. 9:00 – 9:20 A.M. CHECK-IN, BREAKFAST
  2. 9:20 – 9:30 A.M. WELCOME
  3. 9:30-10:15 A.M. SESSION 1
  4. 10:15-10:30 A.M. BREAK
  5. 10:30-11:00 A.M. KEYNOTE SPEAKER
  6. 11:00-11:45 A.M. SESSION 2
  8. 12:45-1:30 P.M. SESSION 3


How it Works

Pave Your Wellness Journey!

Create your own narrative by choosing which workshop you would like to attend during each of the three workshop sessions. No matter what workshop you choose, they will all be entertaining, interactive, and teach you something new!

Workshop topics include, but are not limited to, mindfulness, organization, and self-care. While each workshop is led by a different community organization, they all have one thing in common: creating a deeper understanding of how to achieve your very own wellness!


SESSION 1: 9:15 – 10:30 A.M.

It’s About Time! (Teen-Led)

Presented By: San Carlos Youth Advisory Council

In this interactive session on time management. teens will explore effective strategies to prioritize tasks, set realistic goals, and overcome common challenges in managing their time. Through practical tips. self-care strategies. and engaging discussions, attendees will gain valuable insights to enhance their productivity and achieve a better balance in their day-to-day life.


Gentle Nutrition for Teens: Considering the Big Picture

Presented By: Beyond Measure

The Registered Dietitians at Beyond Measure, a size-inclusive team of clinicians based in Redwood City, will teach you what it means to consider your nutritional needs using flexibility and your body’s knowledge.


Mindfulness with AllCove (Teen-Led)

Presented By: San Mateo AllCove

Embark on a journey of serenity and self-discovery in our Mindfulness Session. Join us for a moment of peace, guided by our Peer Specialists, where you can unwind and center yourself. No obligations. just a chance to be present and embrace the calm. Take a break from the hustle and bustle, and let mindfulness be your guide.


Smash Your Stress

Presented By: Belmont Parks & Recreation Staff

Embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and release in our unique stress-smashing activity. Participants will self-reflect to identify what is stressing them out, what mental health struggles they’ve been having. or any trauma they’ve been working through. Teens will write down what they want to get rid of on a ceramic plate, then smash it!


SESSION 2: 11:00 – 11:45 A.M.

Prioritizing Yourself in the Job Search

Presented By: Youth Center Staff

Searching for a job can be a stressful process, especially if it’s your first time. Come learn how to prepare yourself for finding a job that prioritizes your wellness with San Carlos Parks and Recreation staff!


Wellness and Identity

Presented By: San Mateo County Pride Center

In this interactive workshop youth will be able to explore. understand, and more clearly define their own identities and sense of self. Youth will also be able to share with and learn from others to develop an understanding of how Identity and Community can impact wellness. The workshop aims to get youth doing as much as learning, and participants will walk away with a self-determined representation of who they are.


Brush Away the Blues

Presented By: Belmont Youth Advisory Committee

Teens will use art therapy as an outlet for any emotions they feel they want to express in art. The activity will allow them to use their creative energy in a calming outdoor environment with peers.


Teens Supporting Teens: Healthy Social Media Engagement

Presented By: Good for MEdia

#GFM is a peer-mentoring campaign dedicated to uplifting youth wisdom and experiences around social media engagement and the impacts it can have on youth mental health. In this workshop co-facilitated by our youth advisors, we’ll explore the importance in centering youth voice in this work, have discussions around the effect of social media on our daily lives, share youth-created resources, and walk away with strategies to mindfully engage with these platforms.


SESSION 3: 12:45 – 1:30 A.M.

Radiant Realities: Nurturing Body Positivity Amidst Media Pressures and ED Awareness

Presented By: Eating Disorders Resource Center

This is an engaging workshop that goes beyond traditional presentations, actively involving participants in activities addressing media influence on body image. From creating positive affirmations to critiquing photoshopped media, exploring self-care strategies, and crafting personalized digital wellness plans, this interactive session empowers individuals to navigate the complexities of modern body image challenges with resilience and confidence. The workshop also sheds light on eating disorders. connecting them to media impacts while providing guidance to participants to help them recognize signs and seek help.


Self-Regulation Strategies During Times of Stress

Presented By: One Life Counseling

This session focuses on imparting practical self-regulation strategies to effectively navigate and cope with stress. Participants will learn mindfulness techniques, breathing exercises, and goal-setting methods to enhance emotional well-being and resilience in challenging situations.


How to Support a Friend (Teen-Led)

Presented By: Starvista HAP-Y

In this interactive workshop led by StarVista’s Health Ambassador Program Youth (HAP-Y). you will learn ways to support a friend. We’ll present different scenarios. the best ways to provide help, helpful things to say, and share resources you can access in the community.



Presented By: Youth Center Staff

Have you always wanted to try yoga? Well you’re in luck! Stretch, relax, and Breathe. Join Youth Center Staff, with Yoga at the YC.

Keynote Speaker: Ovidillo Vasquez

Ovidilio Vasquez is a National Leadership Keynote Speaker. He went from being a farmboy raised in a poor village in the sugarcane fields of Central America to working for global companies like Apple, Uber, Salesforce, Tesla, and General Motors.

Despite being labeled “at-risk,” Ovi graduated from high school in three short years. He earned his B.A. in Business Management and is a TEDx speaker on Self-Leadership. Ovi has published six books —including a #1 Best-seller on Amazon TN and has been a recurring On-air collaborator for Univision.
To find out more, visit: OVinspires.com



Enjoy a healthy lunch free of charge! Teens will receive a boxed lunch from Mendocino. Vegetarian. Vegan. and Gluten-Free meals available. Please note all dietary restrictions during registration.


Peninsula Humane Society/SPCA will be onsite with their therapy dogs. These four-legged friends are here to provide a safe space for emotional expression, stress relief, and the joy of unconditional companionship. Please do not bring any food with you while visiting with the dogs.


Visit the resource fair and discover wellness resources near you! Engage with knowledgeable professionals, wellness coaches, and local organizations passionate about empowering you on your wellness journey.




After the final workshop session. you will be treated to a boba drink provided by Boba Guys!


Each teen will leave with a custom tote bag filled with a stress ball and giveaways from our sponsors!


During check-in you will a receive raffle ticket to be entered to win various prizes including gift cards to LaserMaxx. Godfather’s. and more!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Teen Wellness Retreat?

The Teen Wellness Retreat is a one day event for teens to destress and refresh their mental health and well-being through various workshops and self-care activities.

What will I learn?

Tools to support an on-going Mental Health Journey through self-care, resources, and and session topics.

Can I choose the workshops I attend?

Yes! Pave your own journey at the Teen Wellness Retreat. Whichever sessions peak your interest and speak to your mental health journey, you may attend!

Is it really free?

Yes, thanks to the City of Belmont. City of San Carlos, and all of our sponsors! See page 15 for more information on our generous sponsors.

How do I register?

Register starting December 24 at www.cityofsancarlos.org/register. Register prior to April 10. We apologize as we cannot take any day-of registrations.

Who can I contact for more information?

Contact Emma Licko at elicko@cityofsancarlos.org or Danielle Giuliacci at dgiuliacci@belmont.gov.

What should I bring to the event?

Teens should bring themselves and an open mind! Everything you will need throughout the day will be provided. We recommend leaving anything that may be distracting at home as this is an opportunity to unplug and reset!

Do I have to stay for the whole event?

Yes, due to demand and to get the best overall experience from the retreat, we require participants to attend the whole event. Additionally, for safety purposes, there will be no come-and-go privilege’s.


Additional Information

Teens will check-in for the event in the San Carlos Youth Center Lobby and will be expected to stay on-site for the duration of the event. For safety purposes, there will be no come-and-go privileges. During the event, if you need to leave early for any reason, please speak to a staff member on-site who will assist you with contacting your guardian to sign you out of the event.

We strive to create a welcoming. supportive, and safe environment for all participants regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual preference, gender identity, religious background, and socio-economic status. Every participants opinions are to be respected, and we kindly ask that you respect others’ differences.

Check out the Event Guide to learn more about the retreat!


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