VOICE / SVP VOICE
2020 VOICE/SVP Registration is Canceled!
As of May 13, 2020: Due to staffing challenges resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, we have canceled the 2020 program.
Programs that provide structured group community service opportunities to Mercer Island middle and high-school age youth. Each summer, three hundred Island youth provide over 10,000 volunteer hours to 50+ local non-profit organizations.
SOURCES OF STRENGTH
Sources of Strength Student Leadership program is focused on supporting the IMS community. Sources of Strength uses the power of peer social networks to provide messages of Hope, Help and Strength. This upstream model strengthens multiple sources of support (protective factors) around young individuals so that when times get hard they have strengths to rely on.
Learn more about all the Growth services provided by MIYFS
Frequently Asked Questions
MIYFS has served Island residents since 1973. It became a City Department in 1976. In 1989, the MIYFS Foundation was established to raise private funding to augment the services funded by the City of Mercer Island.
MIYFS Foundation funding is critical to the breadth and quality of services MIYFS can deliver. It provided about 10% of the funding for the MIYFS social services operating budget in 2018, as well as special project funding in the amount of $119,165.
All Thrift Shop sales directly support only MIYFS programs. Shop revenues are the largest source of funding for Youth and Family Services and gross sales for 2018 were close to 1.6 million dollars. The Thrift Shop continues to grow and is slated to remain the largest source of funds for the Department in coming two biennia.
Each summer, seven days a week, VOICE participants and staff gather at the brick building in Luther Burbank park as they prepare to load into vans and head out to service projects. Groups leave throughout the day, to accommodate the different needs of our nonprofit partners and provide additional scheduling flexibility to our volunteers. Prior to heading to the project site, staff review with Island youth the respective project’s work along with background of the organization’s work. Staff work alongside youth ensuring they are available for questions and supervision. Debriefing occurs after the project, often on the way home in the van.