September 20, 2011
The Issaquah Community Network is seeking applicants for its volunteer board of directors.
The state-sponsored organization is dedicated to supporting healthy youths, family and community.
Applicants should reside or work within Issaquah School District boundaries. Send a letter of interest to Executive Director Barbara de Michele, 580 Front St. S., Unit C-215, Issaquah, WA 98027, or by email to email@example.com.
In the letter, explain why you would be interested in becoming involved with the network and list other community activities and interests. A resume would be welcome. The deadline for letters of interest is Oct. 3. A knowledge or background in a human services provision, or working with young people, is desirable but not required.
September 20, 2011
Local programs to reduce homelessness and substance abuse among young people, as well as address other issues, qualify for grants from the Issaquah Community Network.
The organization is seeking funding proposals for projects during the 2011-12 fiscal year.
Leaders decided to focus on the following areas for grants:
Reduce youth substance abuse by increasing opportunities for positive social involvement.
Reduce youth homelessness by increasing information and support for local agencies helping homeless youths and families.
Reduce depression and risk of suicide by increasing education, detection, support and referrals.
Reduce adverse childhood experiences through training, public awareness, and support for healthy youths and families.
The organization supports local efforts to foster healthy youths and community. The most appropriate grant requests range from $200 to $2,000 due to limited funding.
The grant-funded services must be delivered within Issaquah School District boundaries. Eligible applicants must represent a nonprofit or government-funded organization, and meet the guidelines specified in the application form. The deadline for applications is Oct. 18.
June 7, 2011
The Issaquah Community Network voted in three leaders at its annual election meeting May 16.
Cougar Ridge resident Judy Brewer was re-elected for a second term as chairwoman of the network. Brewer is a past president of the Issaquah PTSA Council and a recipient of the Issaquah Schools Foundation Golden Apple Award. She has served as a member of the Issaquah Community Network board of directors for nearly 10 years.
Cougar Ridge resident Dianne Buggé was elected vice chairwoman. Buggé has actively participated in the Issaquah Middle School and Issaquah High School PTSAs.
Newcastle resident Jeff Michell was elected as secretary. Michell is a past chairman and treasurer of the network’s board of directors, and has served as a member of the board for 12 years.
May 31, 2011
On May 12, a mock crash was held for 11th- and 12th-graders at Issaquah High School. Eastside Fire & Rescue, lead by Ryan Anderson, with medical personnel, law enforcement agencies and students performed a realistic portrayal of an alcohol-related car accident and the likely response of emergency crews. Parts of the mock crash were graphic in nature due to the realistic portrayal of the impact to the human body when involved in a car accident.
This two-part event was an educational activity showing the dangers of driving, or being a passenger in a vehicle, when poor choices are made. The goal is to educate students about making the best possible decisions to keep them safe and protect their future.
Students first witnessed the mock crash that had student actors Jeff Crocker, Audrey DeLuca, Becky Rex, Hadyn Coxen, Kim Bussing, Jamie Lutz, Anthony McChesney, Josh Batzel, Skyler Kersten, Seth Margolies, Kellyn Alberg and Rebecca Allen.
May 17, 2011
Issaquah School District students are showing some promising — and some not so promising — trends on the 2010 Healthy Youth Survey.
The district has given the survey every other October to Washington students in grades six, eight, 10 and 12, since 2004. The survey asks students to answer more than 100 questions about their lives, including their physical and emotional health, community and school climate, and the health risks they take.
In the past, district students have not answered questions about sexual health and experiences. At the May 11 Issaquah School Board meeting, board members promised to look into the matter this fall for the 2012 survey.
Each survey has a 3 percent margin of error, meaning any percentage change less than 3 percent is not significant. After analyzing the results, the district, state and nonprofit organizations will use the data to start conversations and programs helping youths. The Issaquah Community Network plans to use the data to apply for a federal grant that would help students live healthy lives in the community, network Executive Director Barbara de Michele said.
February 22, 2011
You don’t need to look far to see the impact of Issaquah teens’ service projects.
Beaver Lake Middle School’s annual South African Humanitarian Project, a youth-run initiative, raises truckloads of school supplies for African orphanages each year.
Skyline High School’s Katie Mincin recently organized an Invisible Children Awareness Week that earned more than $4,000 in donations for the global nonprofit.
Beat writer Kim Bussing and classmate Kaileen Dougherty, of Issaquah High School, are holding a Destination Imagination event March 5 at the Pacific Cascade Freshmen Campus, where younger kids have the chance to participate in science fair type activities, acting and the arts.
Last year, Bussing and Dougherty raised $900 for Haiti by selling concessions at the event. This year, they plan to donate the earnings to Seattle Children’s.
February 22, 2011
Together Center announces board of director changes
Barbara de Michele, of Issaquah, has been named chairwoman of the Together Center board of directors. She is the executive director of the Issaquah Community Network.
De Michelle takes over for longtime chairman John Spangenberg, of Kirkland, who has been named chair emeritus.
John Rittenhouse, a manager at Microsoft from Issaquah, is now vice chair.
Also joining the board of directors is Donna Batter, of Issaquah, a fundraising consultant.
Together Center is a nonprofit organization that helps the needy find food, shelter, medical and dental care, child care assistance, youth and family counseling, and more.
January 18, 2011
Issaquah Community Network board members recently selected four people to join the organization board of directors. The fresh crop of members includes Trish Bloor, Dianne Bugge, Jon Clearwater, Rosemary Fahey and Iman Baghai.
Bloor serves as vice chairwoman of the city Arts Commission and is involved in organizations serving youth art and drama programs. Bugge is active in the Issaquah High School and Issaquah Middle School PTAs. Clearwater volunteers at the Issaquah Community Center and youth sports organizations. Fahey is a retired college educator and is also a volunteer for several Issaquah organizations. Baghai is a sophomore at Issaquah High School and a Community Center Youth Advisory Council member.
January 11, 2011
Students face decisions every day, from the flippant, “Should I straighten my hair today?” to the more serious, “Should I help my friend cheat on a test?” Read more
November 9, 2010
Trivia champions crowned
Issaquah Rotary Trivia Night on Oct. 26 at Malarkey’s raised $1,600 for the Issaquah Friends of Youth At Risk program.
The top three teams donated their prize money to the charity. The winning team crowned “Trivia Champions of Issaquah” included members Christine and Charles Chi and Shannon and Richard McVay. Read more