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Class notes
April 06, 2013, 05:00 AM

Cogswell College is holding an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at its Sunnyvale campus. The open house will provide an opportunity to tour the campus, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and learn more about its animation, game design, audio production and digital arts engineering bachelor degree programs.

Attendees will be able to visit with some of the school's students, watch computer-animated short films, talk to an admissions representative and get answers to financial aid questions.


Six local youths will make the trip up the Peninsula to San Francisco on April 7 to screen youth-developed documentaries and lead a workshop on the realities of teen parenting.

Menlo-Atherton High School seniors, Erendira Parra and Nimsi Garcia, members of a school filmmaking program, New Voices for Youth, collaborated with local adolescent sexual health organization, Teen Talk Sexuality Education, to create digital documentaries on the challenges and joys of teen parenting. The documentaries, which will be screened for the first time at the YTH Live 2013 conference, followed teen moms in the community.

They will join four of Teen Talk's Teen Parent Panel members,Mayerlin Genchi, Anallely Saavedra, Josie Seeley, and Karla Flores, who will be on hand to moderate a panel discussion focusing on the realities of teen parenthood in contrast to the media portrayal in shows like MTV's "Teen Mom."

YTH Live 2013, held in San Francisco April 7-9, is an annual conference that brings health and technology professionals together with youth, parents and community leaders to advance the sexual health of youth in the United States and abroad. The conference is expected to have 600 national and international in-person attendees. For more information visit

Class notes is a column dedicated to school news. It is compiled by education reporter Heather Murtagh. You can contact her at (650) 344-5200, ext. 105 or at

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