Local Events & Lectures

“Successful Parenting on Mercer Island:  Harmful Stress and Its Impact on Teen Health”
April 3, 2018 – 7:00-8:30pm
Mercer Island Community and Event Center

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Sponsored by Mercer Island Youth and Family Services (MIYFS) and the Community Advisory Board (CAB)

The Department of Youth and Family Services’ (YFS) Community Advisory Board (CAB) consists of Island adults and youth appointed by the Mayor. These volunteers serve as a sounding board for the Department and offer recommendations on policy and practices. Last year, YFS Director Cynthia Goodwin reworked responsibilities of the CAB to include offering an annual community forum on a topic of interest aligned with the YFS mission.

On April 3 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center, YFS and the CAB present a community forum, “Successful Parenting on Mercer Island: Harmful Stress and Its Impact on Teen Health.” Addressing anxiety among Island youth is a priority for YFS’s Healthy Youth Initiative (HYI). The HYI Mental Health Action Team, comprised of Island volunteers and YFS staff, notes that 58% of 8th graders, 60% of 10th graders and 70% of 12thgraders report being bothered by feeling nervous, anxious or on edge.

The forum is a “fireside chat” theme featuring a panel of youth and adult professionals. The event includes coordinated discussion among participants focused on tangible approaches parents can take to help their child cope with anxiety. Discussion will also include information on deciding when to get professional help for your child.

Director Goodwin, also acting as moderator for the evening, points out that, “the way the Island tends to define what it means for a child to be successful is part of the problem—as a community, we need to embrace the assets afforded by relative affluence and a great school system, while pushing back on the norms that support excessive and institutionalized pressure to succeed as the cost of social-emotional health.”

YFS and the CAB invite Island parents and teens (middle to high school) to attend this free event. Drinks and light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Derek Franklin, YFS Programs Manager at derek.franklin@mercergov.org or (206) 275-7745.

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 IMS PTSA General Member Meeting with special guest speaker Cecelia Gregson

“Kids and Tech:  Keeping our Kids Safe”

 February 22, 2018  
1:20-2:50 pm
 IMS Commons

Did you know…
Washington State ranked 1st per capita in the nation in 2016 for the number of unique internet protocol addresses sharing child exploitation material online?

The images collected and traded over the internet often come from children that offenders meet and groom online.  The offenders meet kids through a slew of apps we all know and should be intelligently monitoring such as Kik, ChatSnap, ChatStep, Tumblr, Instagram etc.  We live in a tech-rich community and crime analysts are currently examining our regional child exploitation boom and considering whether our thriving economy and tech heavy community may have a correlation to the uptick in numbers of offenders exploiting our children.

Join us for this important conversation as we learn how to keep our children safe!

Cecelia Gregson is an IMS parent and the prosecutor to the Washington State Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. Cecelia and Ian Polhemus, Seattle Police Internet Crimes Against Children Detective, will share their experiences professionally and personally in an effort to better educate parents with tech savvy kids navigating coming of age in a digital world fraught with peril.