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Youth Advisory Board
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About

The City of Issaquah believes that youth are not only future leaders of tomorrow, but also active civic contributors of today. The board exists to create and encourage both youth leadership and service opportunities to develop leadership skills, highlight youth ideas and opinions, and unite the students of the Issaquah School District. 

Membership

The Youth Advisory Board is made up of representatives from each of the Issaquah School District’s middle schools and high schools. 

The 2018-2019 school year is the board’s 23rd year in existence.

Representatives of the homeschool population and youth who live within the Issaquah School District, but attend a private school are welcome to apply as well. Terms last the length of one school year.

Subcommittees
The board is currently comprised of three subcommittees: Middle School Action, High School Action and Teen Advocacy.

Middle School Action is the subcommittee for our middle school members.  This group allows youth, grades 6-8, an opportunity to plan, publicize, implement and evaluate events and service projects.  Past projects spearheaded by the Middle School Action include:

  • Family Friday, a drop-in night for quality family time 
  • Fall Fun Fest, the annual preschool costume carnival 
  • Friday Night Recess, a game and sports-filled night for elementary-aged kids 

High School Action keeps busy with the planning of multiple events and service projects which add to the offerings by Parks & Recreation.  Past projects include: 

  • Senior Prom, a dance for the residents of Aegis Senior Living 
  • Harry Potter Night, an event for kids who love all things Harry 
  • Science Symposium, a STEM event for middle schoolers, complete with high school robotics club participation 
  • Dodgeball & Doughnuts, a dodgeball tournament bringing high school students and police officers together 
  • Issy Kids Triathlon, annual event introducing kids to this fun sport

Teen Advocacy focuses on addressing hot topic teen issues within Issaquah through service, advocacy and youth representation on adult-predominant boards and committees. Past projects include: 

  • State of Mind, an annual mini-conference for teens and adults about mental health issues impacting Issaquah youth 
  • The Quah TV Show, a TV production for teens by teens 
  • Poetry Slam, an event to highlight and celebrate the teen voice 
  • Youth Representation in groups including Issaquah Park Board, Issaquah Human Services Committee and Issaquah Sister Cities Commission

Member Requirements
Members are expected to meet the following requirements to serve on the board:

  • Attend board meetings at the Issaquah Community Center on the first and third Tuesday of each month, from 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Attend at least 13 of the 18 meetings planned for the school year. 
  • Assume a board leadership role during the course of the school year.
  • Be an active member of the board through attendance and participation in events/activities outside of Tuesday night meetings. 

The average monthly time commitment for a board member is four to 10 hours.

Application Process
This process takes place each spring to fill vacant positions for the following school year. Students, grades 5-11, who live and/or attend school within the Issaquah School District are welcome to apply.

The application process for high school students is now closed. However, all students, grades 5-7 are encouraged to apply!  Due by Monday, June 3, 2019. Apply online OR by mail/email.  

Issaquah Contacts
Staff Liaison
Cathy Jones, Recreation Supervisor
Lisa Echert, Recreation Leader
Email

Youth Members

Beaver Lake Middle
Micah Mok

Eastside Prep
Bijan Gulamani

Issaquah Middle
Giada Oliva

Maywood Middle
Delaney Thibeau

Pacific Cascade Middle
Grace Brown
Ian Hansen
Lily Brown
Tarun Shivakumar

Pine Lake Middle
Ashwin Manoharan
Rishi Hazra

Homeschool
Nalu Zou


Issaquah High 
Angie Zou
Brooke Fraser
Emma Crothers
Jacob Hansen
Kelly Hodder
Mansi Misha
Matt Bentsen
Megana Shivakumar
Muskaan Agarwal
Ogedei Gantumur
Susanna McIntyre

Lakeside 
Sage Khanuja

Liberty High 
Jacob Rubenstein
Kelly Ferrera
Morgan Fitzpatrick
Ryan Reamy

Overlake
Rohan Ganesh


Skyline High 

David Kim
Haylie Hunt
Hulbert Yang
Julia Seaver
Nathan Beh
Sam Basu
Sean Fan
Sierra Martinsen
Thevina Dokka
Parker Huang
Shananda Dokka





Meetings
Unless otherwise posted:

When
7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month

Where
Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.