March 25, 2015
Peer pressure to experiment with drugs and alcohol regularly plague teenagers in today’s society.
The two main factors that can galvanize a clean lifestyle are whom you choose to spend time with, and what sorts of positions you put yourself in.
March 17, 2015
For the Rotary Club of Issaquah’s ninth annual Grape Escape, organizers didn’t see any need to fix what wasn’t broken.
“We’ve taken a proven formula and just reapplied it,” co-chairman Scott McKorkle said.
November 6, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 6, 2014
Group to raise funds for counseling, prevention services
As the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting rocked communities across the state, Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele sent a message to parents.
In it, Thiele expressed his condolences to the victim’s families and provided insight into how the district prepares for the rare possibility of a local school shooting.
He mentioned active-shooter trainings for staff and students, improving situational awareness and the need for mental health services.
“Last year, we began a partnership with Swedish Hospital to provide mental health counseling in our high schools,” Thiele wrote. “Additionally, we work with Friends of Youth to provide mental health and drug and alcohol counseling.”
May 20, 2014
New dental group opens in Issaquah Highlands
The Issaquah Highlands Dental Group has opened.
Issaquah Highlands Dental Group, a Smile Generation-trusted office, is equipped with advanced technologies including online registration, digital X-rays and CEREC CAD/CAM dentistry. The use of this technology affords patients high-quality dental care and convenience.
The office utilizes only digital X-rays, which are safer for patients due to 90 percent lower radiation exposure as compared with traditional X-rays.
With the use of CEREC CAD/CAM dentistry, patients no longer have to worry about messy impressions and scheduling multiple trips to the dentist in order to have a crown molded.
February 21, 2014
For Taylor Woo, a particular memory stands out from her time working at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Woo, a Liberty High School junior, serves as a volunteer patient care liaison at the hospital, one of the largest in the Northwest. One day, she was asked to speak with an 8-year-old boy who’d been in a car accident with his parents and younger sister.
The boy was responsive, but his sister lay in coma in an adjacent bed.
“You can hear the heart monitor just beeping to her heart, and it was so hard to see,” Woo said. “It was sad how he couldn’t really comprehend what was happening with his parents.
February 11, 2014
Friends of Youth’s ninth annual Celebration of Youth luncheon is March 7 at the Bellevue Westin Hotel.
Each year, Friends of Youth provides support, shelter, homes and help to more than 4,800 youths and young adults, including those in Issaquah. The luncheon celebrates the successes of these youths while raising funds to ensure that every young person has the support he or she needs to succeed.
KIRO radio’s Dave Ross will be this year’s emcee, while Adrienne Quinn, King County Department of Community and Human Services director, will give the keynote address, and youths will share their personal stories of success. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and the program to follow from noon to 1 p.m.
January 28, 2014
Friends of Youth will host a “Race to the Top” Capital Campaign event Feb. 6 to celebrate progress while encouraging the community’s support to help finish the job.
The event is from 7-8 p.m. at Kirkland’s Heritage Hall, 203 Market St.
The event will feature home-baked pies with wine pairings. Attendees are invited to sponsor an entire pie at $1,000, half a pie at $500 or a slice of pie at $250. Friends of Youth will team up with a local winery to provide accompanying wines, and attendees will vote on the best pie of the evening. To bake or sponsor a pie, or to register to attend, go to http://bit.ly/1dw30ao.
Friends of Youth’s Capital Campaign began in 2012 and is 94 percent of the way to its $7-million target. The campaign funded the construction of the Kirkland Youth Services Center, the Redmond Youth Services Center, Youth Haven and ongoing construction for transitional living homes for young adults ages 18-21. It will also fund two extended foster care homes for youth ages 18-21.
Friends of Youth, which has a branch in Issaquah at 414 Front St. N., delivers a comprehensive range of therapeutic services for youths, young adults and families. With more than 60 years of experience, national accreditation and 20 program sites, the agency provides safe places to live and emotional support for youths and families in challenging circumstances.
Learn more at www.friendsofyouth.org.
December 3, 2013
Giving Tuesday should be only the beginning
If you missed the opportunity to make a charitable donation on Giving Tuesday on Dec. 3, never fear. The need is still there today and your check will be every bit as welcome.
If there is a community with a bigger heart than Issaquah’s, we’d like to meet it. It may be true that much of Issaquah’s population is well off enough to be able to write donation checks, but that doesn’t mean they have to.
Just last week, 2,419 people turned out for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank’s fourth annual Turkey Trot. That’s a few miles of running down the road — and runners actually paid for the privilege.
November 26, 2013
Friends of Youth hosts the Youth and Family Services Fundraising Breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Dec. 3 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. Registration starts 7 a.m.
The event is to help increase counseling support for youths in the Issaquah school community and raise awareness of the many services and programs Friends of Youth provides to support parents, families, children and youths.
Register online at www.friendsofyouth.org/YFSbreakfasts2013.aspx.
September 24, 2013
Friends of Youth will present a six-week parenting class beginning Oct. 2 and continuing through Nov. 6.
“Systematic Training for Effective Parents,” is geared to parents of 2- through 12-year-olds.
The classes will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Friends of Youth office, 414 Front St. N.
The classes cost a total of $60, but scholarships are available. Call Patty at 392-6367, ext. 100, to register.