In the News
The Island Wide Youth Collaborative (IWYC) is inviting the public to a series of talks about addiction. The talks are designed to impart information on the highly charged subject in an easily digestible and sympathetic manner. On Thursday, March 23, Dr. Ruth Potee, a Greenfield physician and sought-after speaker, will speak about addiction and the adolescent brain. Read more.
A forum last Thursday at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) addressed the issue of substance abuse among Island youth. It was led by Thulani DeMarsay, a recovery and wellness coach based in Boston, who discussed the importance of understanding the developing teenage brain and suggested effective forms of communication and engagement between adults and children. Read more.
Vineyard Current January 8th, 2017
MVY Radio | 1.8.17 Soundcloud
Tisbury School Holds Wellness Day
MV Times | 6.15.16
On June 9, the Tisbury School held a Wellness Day for students and staff. According to a press release, there were several activities that had to do with wellness and safety for the students. In addition to participating in Wellness Day, the staff was also able to sign up for biometric screenings with the Cape Cod Municipal Health Group. Read more.
Island Wide Youth Collaborative connects the dots for community
MV Times | 4.27.16
Across the street from the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and next to the YMCA, tucked in the back parking lot of the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) campus, is a small, shingled building that is home to many Island-wide social service initiatives for young people. In its first year, the Island Wide Youth Collaborative (IWYC) has introduced a number of programs, community trainings, parent workshops, and gatherings. Read more.
Dreaming Big and Stressing Less at Alex’s Place
Vineyard Gazette | 2.13.16
It’s a little after noon on a wintry Wednesday, and Alex’s Place is hopping. Normally the 5,000-square-foot space, spread out over two floors in a wing of the YMCA, across the street from the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, is quiet until school lets out at two. Read more.
IWYC Pathfinders group will focus on substance abuse
MV Times | 2.10.16
The Island Wide Youth Collaborative is sponsoring a series of educational groups for adolescents, focusing on the effects of substance use and abuse. The groups called Pathfinders, are designed to engage and inform students who have a desire to explore their relationship with substances. Read more.
Island Not Immune as Anxiety Issues Increase Among Students of All Ages
Vineyard Gazette | 12.10.15
Courtney Howell is a senior at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. As a freshman she loaded up her schedule with a full plate of high-level academic courses. She opted to take more difficult classes even in subjects she had little interest in because that was what colleges wanted, she thought. Read more.
In its first year of tent-free fundraising, the new Island non-profit MVYouth (MVY) hit the ground running. A total of $1 million was used to help fund construction of the Island Wide Youth Collaborative building, a baseball field for Little Leaguers, and five four-year scholarships of varying amounts. Read more.
Three short months after ground was broken on new headquarters for the Island Wide Youth Collaborative, community members gathered Thursday in Oak Bluffs for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a tour of the new facility. Read more.
MV Youth Testimonial Film 2015
Vimeo | 8.14.15
IWYC Offers Specialized Training for Island Youth Workers
MV Times | 7.6.15
The Island Wide Youth Collaborative (IWYC) is offering opportunities for specialized training for Island educators, coaches, providers, and others who work with youth, adolescents, and young adults with behavioral health needs. Read more.
Youth Collaborative Breaks Ground for New Building
Vineyard Gazette | 5.21.15
The fledgling Island Wide Youth Collaborative celebrated a milestone this week by breaking ground for a new building. Read more.
Island Wide Youth Collaborative Breaks New Ground
MV Times | 5.21.15
The Island Wide Youth Collaborative (IWYC), an organization recently formed to serve the mental health and substance-abuse issues of young Islanders, will soon have a home. Read more.
Susan Mercier Joins Youth Collaborative
Vineyard Gazette | 3.27.15
Susan Mercier joins Martha’s Vineyard Community Services as the new Island Wide Youth Collaborative program coordinator. Ms. Mercier has more than 10 years of management experience, including with Island boards, and as serving as member and chair of both the Edgartown and the regional high school committees. Read more.
New Philanthropy Group Bestows Grants to Little League, Youth Collaborative
Vineyard Gazette | 2.11.15
A new facility for youth mental health services and a new field for Little Leaguers received funding Tuesday night as the recently established MVYouth community fund presented its first two expansion grants, part of a $1 million yearly campaign to help the Island’s youngest residents. Read more.
MVYouth funds two Island nonprofits’ projects
MV Times | 2.11.15
MVYouth, a fledgling charitable organization geared toward investing in Island youngsters, awarded large expansion grants to two Vineyard nonprofits Tuesday night at a ceremony at the West Tisbury Library. Read more.
Center for Youth Services Clears MVC, Seeks Money to Build
Vineyard Gazette | 1.14.15
A project to house adolescent mental health services in a new building on the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services campus has taken another step forward. Read more.
Collaboration Key for Nonprofits
Vineyard Gazette | 12.31.14
Collaboration is a buzzword in the nonprofit world that elicits varied reactions. Donors and foundations encourage it because they believe it makes their gifts have more impact and they see it as a solution to a glut of nonprofits, many with overlapping missions, which would benefit from merging. Read more.
Youth Collaborative Unveils New Building Plan
Vineyard Gazette | 11.6.14
An Islandwide youth collaborative formed last year to enhance programs for adolescents at risk unveiled plans this week for a new building to house their group. Read more.
High school committee approves IWYC building concept
MV Times | 11.5.14
The MVRHS school committee unanimously approved the concept for a new building to house the recently formed Island-wide Youth Collaborative (IWYC) on the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) campus Monday night. Read more.
Island Wide Youth Collaborative receives a major cash boost
MV Times | 10.15.14
The Island Wide Youth Collaborative (IWYC), an organization recently formed to serve the mental health and substance abuse issues of young Islanders, will receive a grant of up to $300,000 a year, for two years of programming, from the Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation (Tower Foundation). Read more.
Funding Will Help Island Youth Groups Work Together
Vineyard Gazette | 10.9.14
Island youth advocates have been awarded major funding to expand services for adolescents at risk. The Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation will provide $300,000 per year for two years to the Island Wide Youth Collaborative, a new group formed last year to address substance abuse and mental health services on the Island. The grant will fund case management for adolescents and their families, and provide specialized training to Islanders who work with this population. Read more.
Kids and parents collaborate to stage Spring Awakening
MV Times | 8.5.14
Wendla desperately begs her mother to tell her how women conceive. Martha has no one to confide in that she is being sexually abused by her father. Moritz’s father greets the news that his son has failed in school with a selfish diatribe of what will people think. These characters from the musical “Spring Awakening,” teens in late 19th century Germany, struggle to find a sympathetic ear among the adults in their lives. Read more.