Mercer Island Parent Edge is a non-profit organization which is part of the Mercer Island PTA Council. We coordinate events and programs for parents, students, educators and our community.  Our goal is to encourage dialogue and share best practices.


If you enjoy Parent Edge programming and are curious about trends in parenting, education and supporting youth, join our working group!


2022-23 Programs and Events

Once again this year, the MI Parent Edge programming will center on topics that are related to the wishes shared by Mercer Island students as part of the "I Wish" Project


We invite you to learn more about the "I Wish" Project and listen to the student voices. 


State of the Kids

Video Program - Stream On Demand

Access extended to November 25, 2022!


“Supporting the mental health of children and youth will require a whole-of-society effort."  

                          —Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy

This past March, parents, students, educators, health care professionals, community leaders, and concerned citizens across the country came together to take part in State of the Kids, a virtual conversation to address the mental health emergency among our youth. This event was a galvanizing moment for the movement to collectively envision new paths forward for healthy schools, healthy childhood, and a healthy society.

Watch a video presentation featuring various parenting experts and learn how to best support our youth's mental health.

Presented in partnership with Mercer Island Youth and Family Services and the MI Healthy Youth Initiative.


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The Self-Driven Child

Dr. William Stixrud & Ned Johnson

Authors of The Self-Driven Child and What do you say?

March 8, 2023

More information coming soon!

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Signs of Suicide - Youth Suicide Prevention for Parents

Signs of Suicide

Youth Suicide Prevention for Parents

April 26, 2023 - 7PM

Virtual via Zoom


Presented by the IMS Counseling Team

The “Signs of Suicide” program is utilized at Islander Middle School. IMS students have learned to ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) through this program so they are prepared to get help for themselves or a friend. Learn the ACT message so that you can support your child.

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I Wish Project

Listen to the voices of our students through the "I Wish" Project.

During the Fall of 2021, Mercer Island elementary, middle and high school students were invited to share thoughts and feelings they wish their parents, teachers, and peers knew.  


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PAST EVENT - Race to Nowhere

Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Thursday, September 29, 2022

7:00 - 9:00 PM

Mercer Island High School

RACE TO NOWHERE is a close-up look at the pressures on today's students, offering an intimate view of lives packed with activities, leaving little room for down-time or family time.

Join us for the film screening and panel discussion as we begin a community conversation aimed at exploring the best ways to support our students.  The discussion will be moderated by MI parent and KUOW radio host, Bill Radke.

Watch a trailer of the film!


Stream the film and view resources HERE!

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Film Screening & Panel Discussion

October 17, 2022

7:00 PM

Mercer Island High School


Three Community Screenings:

  • Oct. 17 - 10:30 AM - MI Library (KCLS) Film ONLY
  • Oct. 17 - 7:00 PM - MIHS Film Screening & Panel Discussion
  • Oct. 18 - 2:00 PM - MI Library (KCLS) Film ONLY

RACE to Be Human helps us understand the impact of racism through the stories and expertise of students, scholars, and educators.

The film examines micro-aggressions, allyship, the role of social media and more. Learn how conversations can help build empathy at home, work, and school.

Presented in partnership with MIHS PTSA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, KCLS, Friends of the Mercer Island Library, MI Parent Edge, Mercer Island School District, Mercer Island Youth and Services.


View resources and information HERE!


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PAST EVENT - Youth Suicide Prevention for Parents

Youth Suicide Prevention for Parents

November 17, 2022 - 7PM

Virtual via Zoom

Presented by MIYFS school-based counselors from IMS and MIHS and the MI Forefront Team. 

Learn evidence-based prevention strategies to help youth in crisis stay safe and get support. Like first aid and CPR, this valuable knowledge supports healthy families and communities. Visit www.intheforefront.org for more information.


View a recording and resources HERE!

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