Recently, tSB notified the Seattle Police Department of evidence of a relationship between an adult mentor and a student in last year’s program. We have notified the parents of the youth in our program and immediately removed the volunteer. The King County Prosecutor is pursuing charges against the volunteer and tSB will continue to cooperate in the investigation.
Protecting the safety of our youth is our top priority. Each year, we carefully screen and train our volunteer mentors on our policies, healthy boundaries and mentorship. We would like to involve our community in planning for the future by facilitating a conversation about boundaries and to gather feedback about our training materials. Any students and families that would like to participate, please contact info@theServiceBoard.org.
This is an opportunity for all of our families to learn about basic safety rules and appropriate boundaries with adults. A valuable resource for information on how to talk about this with youth is the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center.
the Service Board has been working with Seattle-area teens for 17 years and provides high quality programs that strengthen our community and guide young people to make wise decisions. We have worked with more than 700 students and witnessed tremendous accomplishments and transformations. As we move forward, we will learn and grow together to ensure that we continue to support Seattle teens to reach their potential.