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2040 84th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Phone: 206.275.7611
Fax: 206.275.7890
Email: miyfs@mercergov.or. . .
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M & F 8:30AM - 5:00PM; Tues, Wed, Thurs 8:30AM - 7PM
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City of Mercer Island / Youth & Family Services / Healthy Youth Initiative Project

Healthy Youth Initiative Project

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Research suggests youth in affluent communities are more at risk for alcohol, tobacoo and other drug use than is generally assumed. To address the reduction of underage substance use by the youth of Mercer Island, the City of Mercer Island Youth & Family Services (MIYFS) was awarded a Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). This grant, awarded in October 2007 and completed in 2017, focused on community-level change. It built upon the work of the 2005-2007 prevention grant from the Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention Program of Seattle and King County Public Health. This prevention grant established the Mercer Island Communities That Care (CTC) Project in 2005.

In 2017, the Mercer Island CTC project expanded and re-branded as the Mercer Island Healthy Youth Initiative. In addition to substance abuse prevention, the project focuses on mental health promotion, early-childhood social and emotional learning, and parenting. 

The Healthy Youth Initiative continues to embrace the Strategic Prevention Framework model aimed at changing the environment that facilitates underage substance use on Mercer Island. Our goal is to create long lasting results in our community that will positively impact the lives of our youth both now and into the future.

If you would like to become involved or have questions, please contact the MIYFS Community Development and Administrative Manager, Tambi Cork at tambi.cork@mercergov.org

 

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