Did you know that even though most Mercer Island students choose not to drink, once they reach their senior year, too many still report regular drinking including binge drinking? (2012, Washington Healthy Youth Survey)
Mercer Island Communities That Care (MICTC) is a coalition of concerned parents, youth and community members who are joined around the common purpose of reducing the harmful effects of underage drinking and other drug use among Mercer Island youth. MICTC is operated in partnership with the City of Mercer Island’s Youth and Family Services Department. Coalition efforts take a public health, not a moralistic, perspective and use the latest brain science and prevention technology. MICTC is funded through a federal Drug Free Communities Grant and receives generous support from Island volunteers, the City of Mercer Island, the Mercer Island School District, and community partners.
The Coalition is working to mobilize a community-wide response to a community-wide issue. Mercer Island is already a great place to raise children. We want to tap into this unique spirit and positive energy of the Island to support a lasting reduction in rates of underage alcohol and drug use. MICTC is working to educate, build collaborations, correct youth and parent misperceptions and change policy. We hope to begin a new chapter in Mercer Island's story that includes high-achieving youth who grow up unharmed by alcohol and drugs.
Information to Help Prevent Drug and Alcohol Abuse