•  What do you Think?

    Vashon Alliance to Reduce (Youth) Substance Use – VARSA – is asking you to share your perceptions of drug and alcohol use among Vashon Island youth. The data that we collect helps us determine and fund our events and programs which support substance use prevention, intervention and treatment referral for Vashon’s children, teens, and families.  Your concerns and observations help us decide what we do!

    If you are age 18 or over and live or work on Vashon Island please take a moment to share your concerns. The survey link will be open until December 15, 2018

    Link to Survey


    Youth Mental Health First Aid training -
    for adults who care about teens!
    Saturday November 17th, 8 am - 5 pm
    Vashon Presbyterian Church
    17708 Vashon Hwy SW
    This training is FREE for participants
    thanks to King County Mental Illness & Drug Dependency funding.
    (Lunch is on your own)

    Pre-registration is REQUIRED.
    To register contact Sue Wyder
    (253) 426-5957

    YMHFA is taught by Vashon Islanders Woody Pollock and Peggy Rubens-Ellis.

    School Staff
    Parent chaperones
    Youth group and club leaders
    People who work with youth
    Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem, and help connect them to the appropriate care.

    One of the top preventative factors in mental health is to have a supportive adult!


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    Chautauqua Elementary School

    Chautauqua Coffee Hour is an opportunity for parents to get to know one another, learn and share parenting ideas, and get caffeinated! Most meetings will have a short parenting topic presented by the facilitator and parent educator, Christine Wood, as well as time for each person to check in and ask a parenting question if they choose to. Meetings are every Wednesday from 9:15-10:15 am in Room #330 (small district conference room).

    Christine Wood is the Program Manager and Parent Educator at the VYFS Family Place (formerly known as Playspace). She has made a nearly 20 year study of child development and the parenting practices that support children to reach their full potential. Christine is raising three teenage boys and finds parenting to be endlessly wonderful, amusing, and challenging.