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Raft Up! is on its way!

TYSponsors450Join today. Raft Up! is a celebration of music, nature and community. It’s a two-day festival celebrating summer and doing something audacious and fun: setting a new world record for the most canoes and kayaks rafted up in one place!

The weekend starts with an indoor/outdoor music festival at Open Space, includes expanded camping opportunities at the Open Space and Vashon School District, and finishes with tiny Vashon Island’s attempt to set a new world record! Visit our event website to learn more and reserve your place today!

PS If you live on the Island, you can help by hosting friends from overtown for Raft Up! parties, or loaning your boat to someone who wants to raft up but doesn’t have a boat. We need every kayak or canoe we can get to set the new record!

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Welcome to Vashon Youth & Family Services

_kmw8737Vashon Youth and Family Services (VYFS) is a non-profit organization that has been providing human services to residents of Vashon Island, Washington, for thirty-one years. The agency began as a one-room organization providing limited counseling and job placement services. Today, VYFS is the primary social services agency on the island, providing an array of prevention and intervention services. It is the sole licensed mental globet agency on Vashon Island. Services are aimed at nurturing the emotional wellness of residents – particularly children and their parents/guardians.

The mission of Vashon Youth & Family Services is to help Islanders raise thriving, resilient children and youth by fostering a community of emotionally healthy, resourceful families and individuals.

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Vashon Island Awarded Shared Use Van PDF Print E-mail

King County has provided Vashon Youth & Family Services, and four other local social service agencies, a surplus van to serve the Vashon community. Working together, VYFS, Vashon Household, Vashon Senior Center, Seeds4Success and the Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness secured the 11-person van, formerly used by Metro Transit. The van will be used to serve the needs of children, seniors and low income community members on Vashon Island, and will only be used to enhance social service offerings.

The five agencies will share the insurance and maintenance costs equally, and Seeds4Success will serve as the booking and billing agency. Inquiries about van usage need to be approved by the Vashon Youth & Family Services executive director. Vashon Youth & Family Services is extremely pleased to have this additional asset to serve our community and looks forward to working closely with the other four social service agencies to maximize the use of the shared Van.

The van's inaugural journey was to Yakima WA, to transport seven youth and their chaperons  to a prevention summit focused on reducing community drug and alcohol use. In total, 15 people from Vashon attended the prevention summit. The weekend summit was comprised of a series of workshops for youth and adults on a variety of subjects including, sustaining prevention programs, cyber bullying, preventing marijuana abuse and teen leadership workshops.

Vashon Youth and Family Services prevention team is looking forward to making this an annual pilgrimage to support their prevention efforts in the Vashon community.

 

 
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