Two Issaquah powerhouses become one as schools foundation and community network merge

June 9, 2014

By Staff

NEW — 5:45 p.m. June 9, 2014

Two leading youth advocate organizations — the Issaquah Schools Foundation and Issaquah Community Network — are joining forces to better serve students of the Issaquah School District.

The two groups will formally merge Sept. 1 with the Issaquah Schools Foundation providing funding for the new initiative.

“We are excited by the possibilities the merger offers,” foundation Executive Director Robin Callahan said in a news release. “The foundation’s goal is to help all students achieve the promise of their potential. The community network addresses the underlying issues that keep our children from reaching their potential. It’s a strategically aligned pairing.”

“The foundation and the network have been working together collaboratively for many years and appreciate each other’s dedication to the health and welfare of our children,” Barbara de Michele, executive director of the community network, said in the release. “This new relationship will allow us to leverage the strengths of both groups to fully support the needs of the whole child — academic, social and emotional.”

The Issaquah Community Network will continue addressing key youth and family issues including suicide and substance abuse prevention, homelessness, bullying and harassment, and reducing adverse childhood experiences. The network also encompasses the Drug Free Community Coalition and BEST, a sub-committee focused on suicide prevention and emotional resiliency.

Both groups will transition to the foundation as part of the merger.

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