Community Event Calendar
NAMI SF Program Calendar for Mental Health Awareness Month!
NAMI SF is hosting public presentations open to all community members, starting a new support group for African American family members, producing informational sessions, and more!
Event and registration information can be found here:
About this event
NAMI SF provides mental health support, education, and advocacy for individuals and families. We are a 100% peer-run and volunteer-driven organization committed to providing grassroots, peer-support services for community members in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Our May calendar is below!
- We invite you to register for any or all events (please see descriptions for groups that are population-specific).
- All programs are delivered by NAMI volunteers and/or staff.
- All programs are free, one hour long(except support groups), and virtual unless otherwise noted.
- For more information, please fill out this quick form and the appropriate staff member will get back to you. Information Form.
Mental Health 101 Presentations:
For all community members, combining mental health education and volunteer stories - learn about contributing factors, coping strategies, and how folks manage their conditions
In Our Own Voice Presentations:
For all community members, focused on volunteer stories - hear peer speakers share experiences of living with mental health conditions and their road to recovery
Parents as Allies and Advocates:
For parents and caregivers of middle and high school aged young people - learn how to support yourself and your children
African American Family Support Group:
For African American family members - connect with others in a supportive space
For all community members - learn about NAMI SF programs and resources
Week of May 2
Thursday, May 5 (6:00pm): "This Is NAMI SF" informational presentation
Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/4fr5tup8
Week of May 9
Martes/Tuesday, Mayo/May 10 (6:00pm): Salud Mental 101: Comunidad Latinx / Spanish-Language Mental Health 101 presentation
**This presentation is in Spanish
Registra aquí / Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/3djmus9n
Thursday, May 12 (6:00pm): Mental Health 101 presentation
Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/ykfbm2mt
Saturday, May 14 (10:30am): Saturday Stroll at Ocean Beach! (in-person)
Learn More and Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/bdfud7zv
Saturday, May 14 (10:30am): African American family member support group (new and recurring on the 2nd Saturday of every month)
Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/2kkasd3h
Week of May 16
Monday, May 16 (7:30pm): In Our Own Voice presentation
Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/5apvrw5h
Wednesday, May 18 (6:00pm): Parents as Allies and Advocates presentation
Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/2p9atd8a
Friday, May 20 (12:15pm): In Our Own Voice presentation - in the afternoon!
Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/3waka48t
Week of May 23
Monday, May 23 (7:30pm): Black/African American Mental Health 101 presentation
Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/yhvw9943
星期二5月24日 /Tuesday, May 24 (6:00pm): 廣東話教育晚會 / Cantonese-Language Educational Evening
**This presentation is in Cantonese
在這裡註冊 / Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/yck8mrdv
Thursday, May 26 (6:00pm): Mental Health 101 presentation
Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/ahrka97u
Week of May 30
Wednesday, June 1 (6:00pm): Information Session and Community Social
Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/uhzuxpkk
Attend a FREE Support for Families Individualized Education Program (IEP) Clinic:
Do you have questions about the IEP process?
1st, 2nd and 3rd Thursday’s - Individualized Education Program (IEP) Clinics presented by Support for Families of Children with Disabilities. Offered in English, Spanish and Cantonese. Learn about Special Education law, the IEP process, what to do when things aren’t working, and how to become a more active and effective team member.
May 9-13: SFPL's Tech Week offers a multitude of amazing workshops, both virtual and in-person, to the San Francisco community.
- SFPL's Tech Week offers a multitude of amazing workshops, both virtual and in-person, to the San Francisco community. During the pandemic, the Department of Technology transformed the way it supports families and we’re just getting started! Learn about our new services and resources at webinars that are part of SF Public Library’s Tech Week:
- SFUSD’s Reinventing Family Technology Support Session on Tuesday, May 10, from 4:00 - 5:00 Register online, and a Zoom link will be emailed to you an hour before the presentation.
- SFUSD’s In-person Session on Everyday Accessibility: Built-in Tools on Devices that Help You Comprehend, Write and Translate. Wednesday, May 11, 4:30-5:30. In-person at SFPL Main Library with very limited space. Call 415.557.4388 to register.
Mon, May 9, @ 7-8:30pm Special Education: SMART Goals presented by Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
Monday, May 9th from 7:00 – 8:30pm Special Education: Smart Goals presented by Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund. An overview of the special education process, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Tue. May 10 @ 6-7:30pm: Webinar: Advocating for Your Black Child
March 8 – May 10
**there will be no class on March 29
A free, 8-week Psycho-Educational group designed specifically to support the needs of Parents & Caregivers of Black/African American children and youth (ages 9 -19 years old) who may be experiencing mental health and behavioral challenges.
This group will be facilitated by skilled clinical, educational & medical professionals who are trained in addressing the behavioral health needs of youth and families. Group will meet remotely, technical support and tools can be provided.
Space is limited. Please register at www.namisf.org/classes.
Wed, May 11th @ 6-8:00pm: Every Shut Eye Ain’t Sleep: A Cultural Lens for Maximizing Team Building between Families and Educators with Dr. Mary Bacon
Families and Caregivers are invited to attend a Parent Education Workshop on
Cultural Humility: Serving our Underserved Families with Tonya Saheli, Special Education Mediator with the Bar Association of SF. sponsored by SFUSD’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program and Support for Families. Presented in English with Cantonese and Spanish interpretation available.
Date: Wednesday, May 11th
Time: 6:00 - 8:000pm
The importance of a family support system in the education of our children can never be
underestimated, particularly when their education presents challenges to the system that educators find difficult to address. We cannot just expect that if we place them in the right district, the right school, find the right program and the right classroom that they will achieve at the level we would like without our continuing vigilance and by maintaining effective partnerships. This presentation focuses on interpersonal, instructional and institutional impediments to promoting powerful learning communities for our youth and addresses how to adopt the cultural lens required to work collaboratively to achieve the goals desired to maximize the success of our most challenged young people.
SFUSD’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program, in partnership with Support for Families of Children with Disabilities, brings parents and caregivers a monthly series to further inclusion, understanding, and education for families of children in special education and help them navigate IEP-related conflicts. Parent Education Sessions are held on the 2nd Wednesdays of the month, via Zoom. Flyer
Upcoming Parent Education Sessions:
May 11th - Cultural Humility: Serving our Underserved Families with Tonya Saheli
Lunes, 23 de Mayo, 10:00-11:30am Educación Especial: Metas S.M.A.R.T
Lunes, 23 de Mayo, 10:00-11:30am Educación Especial: Metas S.M.A.R.T. Una descripción general del proceso de educación especial, la Ley de Rehabilitación sección 504 y la Ley de Educación para Personas con Discapacidades (IDEA – por sus siglas en ingles).
Tues, May 24th @ 11-12:30pm: Navigating the Path Forward: Managing Difficult Conversations, presented by: CADRE (The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education) and Carolyn Hayer, Senior Program Director, SPAN Parent Advocacy Network
Tuesday, May 24th from 11:00 am - 12:30pm Navigating the Path Forward: Managing Difficult Conversations, presented by: CADRE (The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education) and Carolyn Hayer, Senior Program Director at SPAN Parent Advocacy Network. Join this workshop to learn techniques and strategies families can use in their advocacy efforts to approach and take part in difficult conversations.
Thur, May 26th @ 6-8:00pm: CAC General Meeting - NOTICE of Public Hearing: SFUSD SELPA Local Plan - Special Education Budget and Annual Service Plan
CAC MAY GENERAL MEETING - May 26: NOTICE of Public Hearing: SFUSD SELPA Local Plan - Special Education Budget and Annual Service Plan
CAC General Meetings are open to the public. The public can participate via Zoom or view the meeting live on the CAC Facebook page or attend in person at Support for Families,1663 Mission St., Suite 700. Notice: Anyone attending a public meeting sponsored by SFUSD is required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. Please register in advance for this meeting.
Please join the CAC for a community conversation about the SFUSD SELPA Local Plan. Attendees will be able to provide feedback on the 2022-2023 SFUSD special education budget and special education service plan. The information gathered at the meeting will inform SFUSD Special Education and CAC priorities for the coming year.
At the beginning of the meeting, SFUSD Special Education Staff and Support for Families staff will share information about upcoming programs.
Virtual ASL and Interpretation services are available with advance reservation. To reserve, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-447-7802. Childcare is not available for this meeting.
Special Education Articles
- 504 and Me By Meriah Nichols, from the Disability Rights and Education Defense Fund Blog
- DREDF Sponsors
- AB 1663: The Probate Conservatorship Reform and Supported Decision-Making Act
- Slate.com: Why Are Special Education Teachers Quitting Across the Nation?
- Washington Post: Disability Community Pushes To keep Masks Aboard Mass Transit
Special Education in the News
American Disabilities Act (ADA) 30th Anniversary Celebrations
ADA30 LEAD ON
ADA30 In Color
Aug 17, 2020 - Welcome Back from Special Education Services!
May 22, 2020 - Virtual Extended School Year FAQ
May 7, 2020 - Notice of Public Hearing: SFUSD BOE Presentation on June 9th - SELPA Local Plan
May 7, 2020 - Notice of Public Hearing: CAC General Meeting on May 28th- SELPA Local Plan
April 16, 2020 - Special Education FAQs re school closures and distance learning
This page was last updated on May 8, 2022