The Healthy Youth Initiative is a program supported by donors to the Issaquah Schools Foundation. Its mission is to build the community's capacity to empower youth and families, to reduce negative social and emotional (risky) behaviors, and to network the community in support of healthy youth and strong families. The Healthy Youth Initiative operates within the Issaquah School District service area. We recognize that many of the issues confronted by today's youth go well beyond the power of school districts to influence; thus we employ a community-based approach that supports public schools while engaging cities and other governments. health organizations, law enforcement, civic organizations, faith-based organizations, non-profit agencies, parents and youth themselves in positive and transformational change supporting healthy life choices.