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PEPS Program for parents of adolescents and teens

Adolescence, known as the transitional phase of growth and development between childhood and adulthood, is a time of great opportunity and risk, and vulnerability. Both parents and adolescents need empowering support, research-driven information and resources, and community during this period of newness and rapid changes.

After a two-year program development and capacity-building period, PEPS is excited to introduce a program to support parents of adolescents and teens as part of the permanent program offerings.

Learn more about the development of our program for parents of adolescents and teens (PAT).

Read up on the support and connection parents can expect to find in our PAT Program.

Program Details

Who: This virtual program is open to solo parents and caregivers, couples, and co-parents, with children aged 10 - 19 years living in our service region. Adult participants will attend without adolescents and teens in attendance, with up to 10 families participating in each group. 

PEPS is offers options for parents to gather based on their child's age. Options include groups for parents and caregivers of middle school kids aged 10-14, high school kids aged 15-19, or a blended group that has both middle and high school kids aged 10-19. Registrants may select the group based on the child’s age or the schedule that works best for their family. If you have children spanning across the 10-19 age range, you may select any group that works for you. All groups follow the same curriculum regardless of age range.   

What: Each meeting will be led by a Group Leader with a background in adolescent development and psychology, trained in group facilitation. The PAT curriculum has been developed specifically for this program and community. Here is a sample of the discussion topics that will be offered:

  • Foundations of parenting adolescents
  • Adolescent brain development
  • Adolescent mental health
  • Effectively communicating with adolescents
  • Adolescents and substances
  • Identity development
  • Gender identity development
  • Sex and sexuality
  • The social world of adolescents
  • The online world of adolescents

And many more!

Where: All groups are currently being offered virtually. Registrants will receive a Zoom meeting link, ID, and password upon registration confirmation through email. We recommend participants download Zoom for free in advance. 

Cost*: We offer Flexible Pricing for all groups.

Length: 2 hours, once a week, for 9 consecutive weeks.

Groups will run for nine weeks in total, with eight PEPS-facilitated meetings. There will be four weeks of facilitated sessions offered virtually, followed by a one-week break. In this fifth week, PAT participants who are comfortable gathering in person can coordinate a social meetup or meet per usual via zoom, without a facilitator. The group will then resume for the remaining four weeks online. 

Groups fill quickly — register today to secure your spot!

Register for a PAT Group

* Cost includes a non-refundable registration fee of $20 or 10% of the program fee, whichever is less. In the case of changes or cancellations, please visit our FAQs page for the PEPS Cancellation and Refund Policy.

Spread the word about our PAT Program! Download a flyer and share it electronically or print it off to share in local gathering places such as community centers, coffee shops, and family-friendly businesses. 

Questions? Check out our FAQs, call PEPS at (206) 547-8570, or email us at

PAT Partners

We are offering 9-week PAT programs in partnership with Bainbridge Youth Services (BYS) for parents of adolescents and teens living on Bainbridge Island (in-person groups), as well as with Mercer Island Healthy Youth Initiative (MIHYI) and City of Mercer Island Youth and Family Services for families living on Mercer Island (virtual groups).

For Spanish-speaking families, we are partnering with Sistema Escolar USA and ChildStrive to offer PAT Groups in Spanish. For more information about these groups, please reach out to:

  • ChildStrive (in-person groups): Text Catalina Angel at 425-535-5734
  • Sistema Escolar (virtual groups): Email Liliana Medina at
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