Our Mission, Vision, and Values
The Garage, a Teen Cafe's mission is to provide a safe, after-school drop-in place for teens where they can meet with their friends and access programming and services as needed. We envision a place in which students are not only valued for their differences but cherished for the unique history, beliefs, traditions and perspectives they bring to The Garage. To that end we work actively to connect to all students so that every voice can be heard and appreciated. We value each person at The Garage, because respecting our differences and celebrating our diversity only serves to make us stronger as a community.
The greater Issaquah area offers many teen activities – school sports, classes and extracurricular activities; YMCAs; city recreation centers and teen youth boards; and church youth groups. Despite – and perhaps because of – all the community youth activities, teens lack a place to “hang out,” an informal place where they can just drop in, talk with friends, pick up a snack, read a book, talk over homework, listen to music, create art, hold poetry slams and have access to resources. A place that isn’t necessarily programmed, but open to ideas the teens create themselves.
Our teens develop and produce all programs that happen at the Garage under guidance and support from staff. From poetry slams to board game nights, it's all up to you.
Meet Our Team!
The Garage Staff:
KayLee Jaech - Director
Barb de Michele - Business Manager
Caitlin Buhr - Program Coordinator
Lyric Lewis - Program Coordinator
Tiana Parry - Program Coordinator
Jerry Blackburn - Chair
Rebecca Rice - Vice Chair & Secretary
Carolyn Kennedy - Treasurer
Karen Crowe - Council Member
Nathan Bosseler - Council Member
Lisa Callan - Council Member
Lesan Marshall - Council Member
Kim Weiss - Council Member
Teens 4 Teens Committee:
Olivia Van Ry