Friends of Youth holds back-to-school supply drive

July 30, 2013

Help improve the educational experience of youths in the Issaquah School District by contributing to the Friends of Youth back-to-school supply drive.

The nonprofit organization will collect items through Aug. 16 at the Friends of Youth office, 414 Front St. N., and at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way.

Drop off donations at Friends of Youth from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The library will take donations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 1-5 p.m. Sundays.

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Mayor of cowboy town

March 26, 2013

Issaquah man builds a life, town from Friends of Youth influence

Issaquah resident Steve Olsen praises the Friends of Youth organization for helping him build a life and a model scale cowboy town.

Photos by Greg Farrar Steve Olsen rolls a mining cart out on a short track from a model mine entrance, one of the scale model Old West town buildings he constructed in the back yard of his Mirrormont home.

Photos by Greg Farrar
Steve Olsen rolls a mining cart out on a short track from a model mine entrance, one of the scale model Old West town buildings he constructed in the back yard of his Mirrormont home.

In 1957, Olsen was one of 13 children and had problems in his home that found him having to live his life where he could. The Griffin Home, something of a foster home operated by Friends of Youth in their first years of service, took him in and provided the beginning for a complete life.

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Masters of the Mind brain bowl tests IQ

October 30, 2012

Issaquah High School’s Honor Society and Junior Statesmen of America clubs square off in the Masters of the Mind, from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 7 in the theater at Issaquah High School.

Masters of the Mind is a knowledge-based competition in which teams, one from each club, will dual over questions.

Honor Society is a national organization dedicated to recognizing academic success and service to the community. Junior Statesmen of America is a national organization dedicated to the fight of student civic apathy through debate and discussion.

Proceeds from the event will go to Friends of Youth, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless teens on the greater Eastside.

Who’s News

July 31, 2012

Friends of Youth  receives $15,000 grant

Friends of Youth has been chosen by the Safeco Foundation to receive a $15,000 grant as part of the foundation’s basic services initiative. The money will go toward sheltering homeless youth at The Landing, the lone young adult shelter in east King County.

Friends of Youth provides a range of therapeutic services for youth, young adults and families, including at a location in Issaquah. Learn more at

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City offers human services grants

April 10, 2012

Issaquah is seeking proposals for human service programs to fund in 2013-14.

In the past, city grants funded programs such as Eastside Baby Corner, Friends of Youth and the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

Potential recipients can apply at The application deadline is 4 p.m. April 26.

Email city Human Services Consultant Steve Gierke at to learn more.

Watercraft enthusiasts take Easter egg hunt to new depths

April 10, 2012

Nearly 50 personal watercraft enthusiasts hit the 45-degree water of Lake Sammamish in a search of the lake for Easter eggs on April 8.

“I can’t feel my toes,” Danya Simpson, of Ocean Shores, said after returning to shore with three eggs in hand at the conclusion of the third annual On-Water Easter Egg Hunt Fundraiser.

The event began at 10 a.m., with personal watercraft riders departing from the Lake Sammamish State Park boat launch area.

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Grant awards support local projects

November 29, 2011

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.

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Challenges, including cyberbullying and substance abuse, face King County youths

October 25, 2011

King County children and teenagers face risks from underage drinking, substance abuse, cyberbullying and other challenges, human services experts told County Council members Oct. 10.

The council — meeting as the Committee of the Whole — listened to presentations about possible threats to young people.

“To hear what young people are going through in our communities in a real wake-up call,” council Vice Chairwoman Jane Hague said in a statement issued after the meeting. “These issues aren’t isolated to a specific area of King County. Even affluent areas have their own set of risk factors.”

Youth Eastside Services Executive Director Patti Skelton-McGougan discussed problems related to suicide, gangs and cyberbullying in Eastside communities.

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Metro bus is refuge for youths in trouble

September 13, 2011

Help for troubled teenagers and children is only a bus stop away.

King County, local service agencies and Safe Place — a national nonprofit organization formed to create community safety nets for young people in crisis — combined forces for the effort.

Through the program, if a young person in crisis needs help, all he or she has to do is approach a Metro Transit bus driver and say, “I need a safe place.” The driver places a call to trigger contact to a youth service provider. The organization then arranges to meet and transport the youth to safety.

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King County certifies August primary election results

September 6, 2011

Turnout in the Aug. 16 primary election reached 32 percent, less than officials estimated in the days before the ballot deadline.

King County Elections released the information after officials certified the results Aug. 31.

Overall, voters returned 349,566 ballots of the 1,103,522 packets the elections office mailed in late July.

The electorate resoundingly approved a measure to renew the Veterans and Human Services Levy until 2017 — 69 percent to 31 percent. Organizations operating in Issaquah and the surrounding area, such as Friends of Youth and YWCA of Seattle-King-Snohomish, receive support from the levy.

The elections office tabulated 338,255 ballots and did not record any discrepancies.

Voters cast 192 ballots on Accessible Voting Units and returned 32,146 ballots to drop boxes stationed throughout the county, including at Issaquah City Hall.

Officials challenged signatures on 11,285 ballots and resolved challenges on 5,457 ballots.

No Issaquah City Council or school board races appeared on the August ballot.

The general election is Nov. 8, and the elections office plans to mail ballots to voters in October.

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