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March 31, 2015

The 2015-16 Issaquah Youth Advisory Board is now accepting applications.

The board provides a chance for youth to develop leadership skills while serving the community and making a positive impact.

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Youth board hosts State of Mind conference

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.

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Tia Hedman wins poetry slam

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.

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Naomi Florsheim wins Teen Poetry Slam

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.


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Advisory board tackles youth substance abuse

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.

Erika Kumar Skyline High School

Erika Kumar
Skyline High School

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.

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Teen poetry slam returns March 2

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.

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Celebrate at whimsical winter storytime Saturday

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.

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Youth board to host Glitz & Glam night

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, or call 837-3300.


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Issaquah High School senior explores energy industry at USC camp

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.

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Summer job provides more than a paycheck

July 31, 2012

Recent Issaquah High School graduate Maria Dalzell isn’t bagging groceries or working retail this summer.

Maria Dalzell

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.”

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