March 8, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. March 8, 2015
One in four adults and one in five youths — that’s how many Americans are affected by a mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Unlike a physical disability, it is impossible to know about someone’s mental health problems just by looking at them. Mental illnesses and tragedies relating to poor mental health, such as suicides, have unfortunately been steadily rising the past two decades.
In response to this pressing issue, the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board and the Issaquah Healthy Youth Initiative have teamed up to host the second annual State of Mind, a free mental health fair for adults and students from noon to 5 p.m. March 21 at Tiger Mountain Community High School.
November 18, 2014
About 50 people attended the fifth annual Issaquah Teen Poetry Slam to hear teens express themselves.
Some entrants in the contest read original poems; others shared works from their favorite poets.
April 1, 2014
The fourth annual Issaquah Teen Poetry Slam, hosted by the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board, was held March 2 at the Issaquah Coffee Co.
Naomi Florsheim, an eighth-grader at Issaquah Middle School, won first place.
Teachers Christine Boas, from Skyline High School, and Henry Level, from Liberty High School, served as judges. They determined the first-, second- and third-place winners, who received gift cards for the Issaquah Coffee Co.
About 15 middle and high school students from Issaquah attended and participated, bringing their poetry to life.
March 25, 2014
Although drug abuse is a widely discussed topic, few dig deeper into the underlying causes, the reasons why youths would start risking their health by using dangerous substances.
Today’s generation of teenagers are faced with unprecedented challenges on a daily basis: family conflicts, rigorous schoolwork, bullying, peer pressure and sky-high parental expectations, just to name a few.
Not knowing how to deal with and manage the stress and emotions that result from these issues often leave teenagers in a dangerous predicament.
Viewing drugs or alcohol as the only way to cope with their distress, many young people practice this harmful behavior and put their lives at risk. Easy access to illegal substances and a lack of understanding of the effects drugs have on their developing bodies further push teens toward substance abuse.
February 25, 2014
The Issaquah Youth Advisory Board’s fourth annual Issaquah Teen Poetry Slam is from 3-5 p.m. March 2 at the Issaquah Coffee Co., 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., in Gilman Village.
Previews of all entry materials and consent forms must be submitted by March 1.
Learn more by calling Cathy Jones at 837-3300.
December 12, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 12, 2013
The Issaquah Youth Advisory Board hosts a Whimsical Winter Storytime.
This family event is from 3-4:30 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall and Police Department, 130 E. Sunset Way.
Enjoy enchanting stories and crafts to warm hearts and cookies to warm tummies.
March 26, 2013
Elementary school girls can express their glamorous side at the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board’s Glitz & Glam night from 6-9 p.m. May 17 at the Issaquah Community Center.
Girls in kindergarten through third grade can spend the night doing hair, makeup and crafts.
Registration fee is $20. Learn more at https://iplay.issaquahwa.gov/Start/start.asp, or call 837-3300.
November 20, 2012
When Issaquah High School senior Alex Hansen was tasked with a project to find a solution to combat the waste associated with plastic bottles, he thought outside of the box.
Hansen and a small group of other students from across the country suggested employing a sort of hypothetical bacteria that would have the ability to eat plastic and turn it into a substance that is more environmentally friendly.
“I personally researched a lot about these weird bacteria, I forget their name, but apparently they are being looked into as having the possibility to eat plastic and turn it into a material that is more decomposable,” he said. “It’s not really plausible yet, but it was fun.”
It was all part of Hansen’s summer visit to the University of Southern California for the weeklong USC/Chevron Frontiers of Energy Resources Camp.
July 31, 2012
Recent Issaquah High School graduate Maria Dalzell isn’t bagging groceries or working retail this summer.
Instead, she is busy meeting CEOs, sitting in on board meetings and getting a first-hand look at how nonprofit organizations function through her paid internship at Seattle Goodwill.
Dalzell is among a handful of Puget Sound-area teens selected to participate in the Bank of America Student Leaders program. The program awards community-minded teens from across the country with an eight-week paid internship at a local charitable organization and a July trip to Washington, D.C., for a weeklong Student Leadership Summit.
During a time when the teen unemployment rate in Washington state is among the highest in the nation, Bank of America’s Student Leaders program and Summer Youth Employment Initiative provide meaningful summer work for teens.
“Youth unemployment is a big deal, especially since there are many more adults in the field looking for jobs,” Dalzell said. “What’s really special about programs like this is that it’s not just a job that you get over the summer, it’s a job that really prepares you for the big world, prepares you for college and prepares you for life.”
May 8, 2012
City leaders need tweens and teens to serve on the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board during the 2012-13 school year.
The panel fosters advocacy, community service and youth representation on local boards and committees.
Students must live within the Issaquah School District boundaries in order to apply for the board. The school district stretches from Preston to Newcastle and from Sammamish to Renton.
Organizers intend to include members representing each middle and high school in the district.
The panel also welcomes home-schooled and private school students living inside district boundaries.
Find the application on the municipal website, www.ci.issaquah.wa.us/Files/2012-2013IYABapplication.pdf. The application deadline is May 18.
Contact city Recreation Coordinator Cathy Jones at 837-3317 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
The upcoming year represents the 17th anniversary for the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board. Past projects include hosting a daylong Issaquah Youth Summit, collecting more than 1,200 pounds of food for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank and organizing a middle school dodgeball tournament.