ASPIRE | El Camino Hospital



After-School Program Interventions and Resiliency Education® (ASPIRE) helps children, teens and young adults with anxiety, depression or other symptoms related to a mental health condition.

Aspire logoThe primary goal of ASPIRE is to promote emotional wellness of young people. Our three programs — middle school, high school and transitional age— provide a validating, supportive environment for participants to gain healthy behaviors and learn how to manage their feelings, emotions and personal interactions.

Although ASPIRE is appropriate for young people with serious mental health conditions, the focus is to offer solutions and provide hope. A psychiatrist provides assessment, diagnosis and program leadership, and our mental health specialists work hard to create a positive learning environment. The programs help participants gain practical coping strategies through dialectical behavioral therapy and expressive arts. Participants take part in individual therapy, group sessions and activities that allow them to practice what they’ve learned in a supportive environment. And, the programs give family members an opportunity to learn and participate in therapy.

Children and Teens

The stress after a long day of school and lack of supervision can make after school a high-risk time when youth are more likely to make poor choices. ASPIRE provides structure and training during this time — when kids are most vulnerable — and helps them learn and apply a set of specific skills. The programs, led by a psychiatrist who specializes in child-adolescent behavior, offer an after-school format that provides treatment without impeding on young people’s lives.

Enrollment into the program is continuous, and participants may begin their program at any time. Once the program has been completed, youth can continue to attend one session a week to further develop skills and prevent relapse. There's no time limit on the once-per-week sessions.

  • Middle School Program – Designed for those in sixth through eighth grades, this 10-week program requires a commitment of three afternoons a week. The program is offered at both our Mountain View and Los Gatos campus.
  • High School Program This WASC-accredited program is designed for students in ninth through 12th grades. The eight-week program requires a commitment of four afternoons a week. It’s offered at our Mountain View and Los Gatos campuses.

What to Expect

Example of a daily schedule for middle school and high school programs.

  Middle School Program (Grades 6th - 8th) High School Program (Grades 9th - 12th)
Program Length 10 weeks 8 weeks
Days and Time 3 – 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays 3 – 6 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Locations(s) 2660 Grant Road, Mountain View
825 Pollard Road, Los Gatos
2660 Grant Road, Mountain View
825 Pollard Road, Los Gatos

Young Adults

The eight-week Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Program is designed for young adults between 18 and 25 years old. The program meets four days a week and offers intensive outpatient care. Participants learn healthy living strategies and develop academic and career skills. The comprehensive treatment team includes a psychiatrist, clinical psychologist and/or marriage and family therapist, registered nurse, and an occupational therapist. The program is available at our Mountain View and Los Gatos campus.

What to Expect

Example of a daily schedule for Transitional Age Youth (TAY).

Young adults between 18 and 25 years old - Transitional Age Youth Program (TAY)
Days and Time 3:10 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. on Mondays

10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays

Can ASPIRE Help?

If you or a loved one is showing signs of depression, anxiety or another mental health condition, the first step is to schedule a free assessment. Call us at 866-789-6089.

Learn more about ASPIRE by reading frequently asked questions about the program.


ASPIRE is supported by donations to El Camino Hospital Foundation.

Talk to Someone

Inquire about services or get a physician referral. Our call-back and chat services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Mental Health Assessment

Find out if this program is right for you or someone you know. Call 866-789-6089 or 650-988-8468 to schedule a free, confidential assessment.

Insurance & Fees

We’ll work with your insurance company to assure that services can be covered. Your insurance plan may require a share of cost. Teens with no insurance may be eligible through the hospital’s financial assistance program.