Grant awards support local projects

November 29, 2011

By Staff

The Issaquah Community Network recently awarded eight grants totaling $7,000 and, according to the network, those grants are aimed at supporting local school activities and efforts to promote healthy youth and strong families.

Awards were made at the regular meeting of the Issaquah Community Network board Nov. 7.

“We were pleased to receive grant applications from a mix of previous grantees and new applicants,” said Judy Brewer, board chairwoman.

Grant requests far exceeded the amount of funding available, she said.

One grant winner was the VOICE mentoring program of the Issaquah Schools Foundation. VOICE matches adult tutors with teens in Issaquah schools. The community network awarded $500 to restructure and expand the program.

“The VOICE program truly appreciates the grant received,” VOICE mentor program director Susan Gierke said. “Our program has grown significantly this year and these funds help us meet the needs of more students waiting for the one-on-one support that mentoring provides.”

Other award winners were:

  • Christly Otley, Parent Connection Library, $150, to supplement an already-established parent education library at Grand Ridge Elementary School.
  • Lori Kasemeier, Where Everyone Belongs, $1,700, to help train eighth-graders at Pacific Cascade Middle School to mentor entering sixth-grade students.
  • Anna Voight, Cooking Connections at Tiger Mountain Community High School, $500, to support a cooking and healthy nutrition program for students enrolled in the Issaquah Skills Enhancement Program.
  • Bradley Nyhoff, Healthy Choices, $400, to pay for a special half-day session for all students enrolled at Tiger Mountain. Dubbed “Choice and Consequence,” the session deals with the effects of the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and other risky behaviors.
  • Sue Evans, Youth Job Skills Fair, $1,000, to a Youth Job Skills Fair for youngsters at the Echo Glen Correctional Facility that is part of the Issaquah School District.
  • Erin Maguire, The Groundwork Project, $1,000, to help Catholic Community Charities identify and help homeless youths within the school district.
  • Gretchen Van Dyke, Athletes for Kids, $1,750, to help pay for training of student athlete mentors. The program matches high school student athletes with middle school and elementary school special-needs students to reduce bullying and harassment.
  • Friends of Youth, $1,000, to support parent education classes.

Grants and funding were awarded for projects and activities taking place before June 30.

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