Highlands Youth Advisory Board

Established in 2013, the Highlands Youth (HY) Advisory Board assists with the community-building work of Highlands Council, providing youth a voice in community matters.

Upcoming HY Events

The following HY events are open to the public; some events are for designated age groups only.

June 1, 2022

Interact Club

The Rotary Club of Issaquah is starting a youth service club known as Interact (AKA International-Action) for 9-12 grade students…

About the HY

How are HY board members selected?

Each spring, HY board members are selected through a rigorous application and interview process to fill 12 middle school and 12 high school spots for the following school year. HY board members must reapply to the board annually, although past contributions are taken into consideration during the application process.

How is the HY board organized?

The HY board is divided between middle school and high school students. Each group is mentored by Lindsey Pinkston, Highlands Council community program manager and acting director, who is assisted by community volunteers. Most activities are separated by and appropriate for the age and maturity of the members. Some activities and service projects are joint endeavors, such as the Highlands Day festival, Parents Night Out events, and community art projects.

How do middle school HY board members contribute?

Middle school HY board members plan social and service project events for middle school peers and elementary-age students, learning event planning and social hosting skills. HY middle school members act as role models for elementary students and high school HY members mentor middle school members. 

How do high school HY board members contribute?

High school HY board members focus on leadership and life skills development for themselves and their peers in the community. In addition to monthly planning meetings and special events, HY board high school members will rotate attendance of community organization board and committee meetings to develop a sense of community priorities and how they can use their voices in support of, or to impact change, in Issaquah Highlands and areas of their personal passions. HY board high school members are expected to attend community-wide town hall meetings and represent the youth of Issaquah Highlands at city council meetings when agenda items directly impact the quality of life in the Issaquah Highlands community.

2021-2022 High School Members

Joseph Bone-Mazák

Grade 10
HY Board Co-President

Sophia Hashmey

Grade 12
HY Board Co-President

Ryan Aby

Grade 9

Nicole de los Reyes

Grade 9

Cash Mendoza

Grade 9

Arya Mahajan

Grade 10

Ethan Hunter

Grade 11

Vernika Jain

Grade 11

Quinn Ryan

Grade 11

Colin Yuen

Grade 11

Sage Cowan

Grade 12

Anika Mehta

Grade 12

2021-2022 Middle School Members

Asher Pinkston

Grade 8
HY Board Co-President

Grace Rich

Grade 8
HY Board Co-President

Neal Coppa

Grade 6

Riley Evans

Grade 6

Lane MacDougall

Grade 6

Lily Pinkston

Grade 6

Maia Esbensen

Grade 7

Vaibhav Alaparthi

Grade 8

Sydney Evans

Grade 8

Saira Hashmey

Grade 8

Jaya Sathi

Grade 8

Akshadha Seshamani

Grade 8

Recent News

Sophia Hashmey, right, is seen with her family.GeneralHY BoardVolunteer
May 25, 2022

May Volunteer of the Month: Sophia Hashmey, Highlands Youth (HY) Advisory Board

My family moved to the Highlands from Atlanta, Ga., when I was 2-years-old. I grew up in this community and…Learn More
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April 15, 2022

HY 2022 Grads, In Their Own Words: Sophia Hashmey

What did you learn from your experience on the Highlands Youth (HY) Advisory Board? After being a part of the…Learn More
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April 8, 2022

HY 2022 Grads, In Their Own Words: Anika Mehta

What did you learn from your experience on the Highlands Youth (HY) Advisory Board? I gained incredible leadership skills and…Learn More
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April 4, 2022

Apply for the HY: Create Meaningful Experiences & Lasting Memories

The Highlands Youth Advisory Board is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year Established in 2013, the Highlands Youth…Learn More

Apply to Join the 2022-2023 HY Board!

Highlands Council invites residents who will be in seventh through 12th grade in the 2022-2023 school year to apply for a position on the HY Board! Apply online (via Survey Monkey). As a resource, download our question guide to help prepare your answers prior to completing the online application. Questions? Contact Lindsey Pinkston, Highlands Council acting director and community program manager. Applications are due by May 1. 

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