Teens to tackle tough issues at Issaquah Youth Summit

April 12, 2011

By Staff

How should teenagers address their education or the environment? What should they know about advocacy? How can they take on a community project?

Students in middle and high schools from Issaquah and across the Eastside will gather at the Issaquah Community Center on April 30 to learn more about their world and how they can improve it.

The Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department previously held youth summits in 1998, 2000 and 2002, but the summit fell by the wayside until now, when Issaquah Youth Advisory Board members revived it for themselves and their classmates.

“We’re trying to get as many students as possible to come together,” Issaquah High School sophomore Iman Baghai said. “We’re going to have different workshops from media literacy to helping the environment to starting your own projects to what community service projects are available to you.”

Issaquah High junior Allie Lustig said there were two types of workshops: educational and skill-oriented.

The educational workshops will tackle issues such as bullying, harassment, suicide and depression. The skill-oriented sessions will teach students how to get involved with volunteering and how to become media-savvy. Experts will lead each seminar.

“I am actually looking forward to hearing what the speakers have to say,” Lustig said. “I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes and hearing what kind of discussion takes place because of what’s come up.”

Both teenagers and their communities will benefit from the Issaquah Youth Summit, Issaquah Parks & Recreation Coordinator Cathy Jones added.

Students are encouraged to R.S.V.P. by April 15, but Jones said participants could sign up until a few days before the event, if they are interested.

“It would be great if we could see more youth led projects, more youth civic engagement,” Baghai said.

If you go

2011 Issaquah Youth Summit

  • 1-5:30 p.m. April 30
  • Issaquah Community Center
  • 301 Rainier Blvd. S.
  • Free
  • Register at www.issaquahparks.net. Click on ‘Activities’ and type in barcode number 40244. Call Issaquah Parks & Recreation Coordinator Cathy Jones at 837-3300, or email issaquahyouthsummit@gmail.com to learn more.

On the Web

Find 2011 Issaquah Youth Summit on Facebook.

Laura Geggel: 392-6434, ext. 241, or lgeggel@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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