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Youth Advisory Board
2017-2018 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 2017-18 school year will be the board's 22nd 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
Teen advocacy 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 Economic Vitality Committee.

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
  • Harry Potter night, an event for kids who love all things Harry
  • 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.

The application and interview process takes place each spring. Watch for announcements in April. 

Issaquah Contacts
Staff Liaison
Cathy Jones, Recreation Coordinator

Youth Members

Beaver Lake Middle
Shananda Dokka

Eastside Prep
Bijan Gulamani

Issaquah Middle
Lucy Bentsen
Mansi Mishra

Maywood Middle
Delaney Thibeau
Ryan Reamy

Open Window 
Rohan Ganesh

Pacific Cascade Middle
Emma Crothers
Grace Brown

Pine Lake Middle
Parker Huang
Sean Fan

Eastside Catholic High 
Dane Williams

Gibson Ek High 
Angie Zou
Nalu Zou

Issaquah High 
Alex Cordova
Alyssa Healey
Catey Nelson
Charlie Heller
Grace Heller
Jacob Hansen
Kelly Hodder
Matt Bentsen
Muskaan Agarwal
Ogedei Gantumur
Rhea Manoharan
Susanna McIntyre

Anika Mishra

Liberty High 
Kelly Ferrera
Morgan Fitzpatrick
Valerie Adams

Skyline High 
Arjun Malhotra
David Kim
Julia Wang
Nishi Kaza
Sam Basu
Sierra Martinsen
Sophia Chiang
Thevina Dokka

Unless otherwise posted:

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

Issaquah Youth Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.