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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.
About the HY
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.
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.
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.
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
2021-2022 Middle School Members
HY 2022 Grads, In Their Own Words: Sophia Hashmey
HY 2022 Grads, In Their Own Words: Anika Mehta
Apply for the HY: Create Meaningful Experiences & Lasting Memories
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.