MIYFS Foundation Happenings:

Mercer Island Youth and Family Services is a Department of the City of Mercer Island. Mercer Island Youth and Family Services is a public/private partnership of the City and the sole full service provider for social and human services in the City. The work of MIYFS fosters well-being across the lifespan of our fellow residents.
The Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Foundation raises funds for MIYFS and provides critical support for the annual operating budget.

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Come Say Hello..Foundation Board Members will be at all the PTA Back-to-School Coffees!

The MIYFS Foundation Board deeply appreciates the relationship and partnership they have with all six MISD Public School PTAs.

Each year, MIYFS Foundation Board Members, along with Department Staff have an information table at every Welcome Back-To-School Coffee. Come by and say hello…



Elementary Schools – Wednesday, Sept. 5th; 9:15-10:30am

  • Northwood – Laura Oberto, Board Member & Lara Falsgraf, YFS mental health counselor
  • West Mercer – Jody Kris, Board Member & Anna Orton, YFS mental health counselor
  • Island Park – Pam HInnen, Board Member & Liana Montague, YFS mental health counselor
  • Lakeridge – Ken Urman, Board Member & Julie Mattson, YFS mental health counselor


Islander Middle School – Thursday, Sept. 6th, 9:00-11:00am

  • Chris Woerner, Board Member & Harry Brown, YFS mental health counselor


MIHS – Friday, Sept. 14th, 9:30-11:30am

  • Jody Kris, Board Member & Cathy Gentino and Chris Harnish, YFS mental health counselors


MIHS Marketplace/Curriculum Night – Wednesday, Sept. 26th, 5:15-6:15pm

  • Ken Urman, Board Member & Cathy Gentino and Chris Harnish, YFS mental health counselors


MISD New Family Welcome Event (at IMS) – Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, 6:00-8:00pm

  • Laura Oberto, Board Member & Cynthia Goodwin, YFS Department Director


Click Here for the 2018 Annual Report “Here to Help”

MIYFS Eight Programs and Services:


Licensed Mental Health Counselors at MISD Public Schools

Friendship, stress & anxiety, self-esteem, family concerns, anger and crisis counseling; drug & alcohol prevention/intervention experts at IMS and MIHS.


Voice & SVP

Teens participate in an 8-week summer program and learn firsthand the importance of giving back through volunteer opportunities.


Thrift Shop

Give. Shop. Volunteer. Focus on work-skill development and sustainability.


Healthy Youth Initiative

Preventing the harm caused by youth drug & alcohol use, depression, anxiety and other risk behaviors.


Mental Health Services

Counseling for individuals, couples and families on a sliding fee scale.


Diversion & Early Intervention

Arrested youth are re-focused on positive learning experiences while being held accountable for illegal behavior.


Senior Outreach and Advocacy

Full range of geriatric services for issues related to aging including consultation, counseling and care management.


Family & Emergency Assistance & Food Pantry

Supports for rent, utility, holiday, back to school and employment assistance. Food Pantry at Luther Burbank Park offices.