We help Island families and adolescents navigate life’s challenges.

The Island Wide Youth Collaborative (IWYC), a Massachusetts Family Resource Center, provides services for at-risk families, young people and community members. The goal of a Family Resource Center is to support families to strengthen their bonds, connect to others and engage in their community.

The center was formed in 2013 as a partnership between MVCS, The Youth Task Force, YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard, Martha’s Vineyard schools and the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.

People come to the IWYC for a variety of reasons. We help connect those seeking help to resources available to them, both on and off-Island. While every situation is different, our staff uses community resources and on-Island treatment options to create a web of support tailored to each scenario. All services are free and confidential.

Island Wide Youth Collaborative is encouraging families to stay strong, and stay positive. What makes our island community unique is our ability to support each other during uncertainty and all parents have this ability.

Our new parent-led virtual discussion group, ‘The Parent Café’, seeks to provide a welcoming atmosphere where meaningful, respectful conversations can take place, and parents can assist in supporting each other while parenting in a quickly changing world.

How we can help:

  • Do you need information on after-school programs?
  • Do you need help getting your child to attend school on a regular basis?
  • Are you concerned that your child may be using drugs or alcohol?
  • Do you have a child or family member struggling with a specific issue?
  • Do you need help accessing funding for childcare or after school programming?
  • Do you need fuel assistance?
  • Do you need nutrition assistance (SNAP, HIP, etc.)?

Our Services:

Our Family Support Worker and Case Manager are knowledgeable on resources within our community, and connect adolescents and families to opportunities available to them.

  • Fill out a referral form for you or a loved one
  • An initial intake appointment will be set up with our Family Support Worker
  • After your initial appointment, our team will develop a plan to help navigate whatever goals you are trying to reach, or problems you are trying to solve.

The IWYC supports professional development for clinicians in our community. Check the calendar for upcoming professional development opportunities.

  • Addressing relational trauma
  • Addiction 101
  • Exploring insomnia

These workshops give clinicians, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and other human resource providers the ability to acquire ongoing Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to stay current and certified in their respective fields.

The IWYC provides various parent-education programs throughout the year.

Current programming includes:

Our school liaisons meet twice a month with guidance and school staff to problem-solve and provide wrap around services for all students on Island.

Check out the interview below:

Jump to 19:30 to hear Susan Mercier discuss how the IWYC helps Island families.

Meet the Team:

Susan Mercier
Email: smercier@mvcommunityservices.org
Phone: 508-693-7900 x401

Chrissie Laury
Email: claury@mvcommunityservices.org
Phone: 508-693-7900 x402

Janelle Berneche
Phone: 508-693-7900 x398
Email: jberneche@mvcommunityservices.org

Sierra Johnson
Phone: 508-693-7900 x400
Email: sjohnson@mvcommunityservices.org

The IWYC receives its funding from the Department of Children and Families, the Tower Foundation, MV Youth and municipal and private donations.