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Youth Advisory Board
Issaquah Youth Advisory Board


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


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

The 2016-17 school year will be the board's 21st 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 the school year.

The Board is currently comprised of three sub-committees: Middle School Action, High School Action and Teen Advocacy.

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

  • Poetry Slam, an event to highlight the creativity and celebrate the voice of teens
  • State of Mind: Finding Balance in Your Life, an afternoon for teens and community members to come together to learn and discuss local mental health issues impacting teens

In addition, members have represented youth on adult-prominent boards, including the Park Board, Sister Cities Commission, Human Services Commission and the Healthy Youth Initiative.

Middle School Action
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 activities hosted by Middle School Action include:

  • Fantasy Friday, a family special event
  • Whimsical Winter Story Time, a parent-and-preschool-child program
  • Friday Night Recess, a fun game and sports night for elementary-aged kids

High School Action
High School Action keeps busy with event planning, community service projects and fundraising endeavors. Projects from the past include:

  • Collecting more than 1,200 pounds of items donated to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank
  • The Senior Prom, an event for the residents at Aegis Senior Living
  • Science Symposium, an event of STEM activities just for middle schoolers
  • Glitz & Glam, a girly night of curling irons and glitter for little girls
  • Middle School Dodgeball Tournament
  • Sponsoring teens at Echo Glen Children’s Center

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.

Issaquah Contacts
Staff Liaison
Cathy Jones, Recreation Coordinator

Youth Members

Issaquah Middle
Angie Zou

Maywood Middle
Ryan Reamy

Pacific Cascade Middle
Emma Crothers
Carla Bonanca Garcia
Charlie Heller

Pine Lake Middle

Samprikta Basu
Parker Huang

Eastside Catholic High
Dane Williams

Gibson Ek High
Nalu Zou

Issaquah High
Muskaan Agarwal
Anthony Balducci 
Anna-Lena Ball
Matt Bentsen
Alex Cordova
Jacob Hansen
Sam Hansen 
Alyssa Healey
Grace Heller
Kelly Hodder
Reagan Mady
Sierra Martinson 
Catey Nelson
Emma Rogers
Megana Shivakumar

Liberty High
Valerie Adams
Kelly Ferrera
Morgan Fitzpatrick
Shelby Reese
Brigette Takeuchi
Kelsey Takeuchi

Skyline High
Sophia Chiang
Varun Damodarasamy
Alex Elevathingal
Ivan Esmeral
Brandon Kay
Nishi Kaza
David Kim
Erika Kumar
Arjun Malhotra
Ernie Yang

Unless otherwise posted:

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

Issaquah Youth Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.