About Core Program

Shred mountains, learn new things, gain friends and make an impact on your community through tSB’s Core Program!

Each year, tSB brings together a group of high school students and adult mentors from a diverse range of academic, racial, cultural and economic backgrounds to engage in our six-month Core Program (CP).

As a tSB Prophet, some of the fun things you’ll get to do include:

  • Learn how to snowboard at resorts across the Pacific Northwest
  • Participate in fun interactive workshops around social justice education and personal development
  • Volunteer in your community through service learning projects that’ll count toward High School graduation requirements
  • Make dozens of new friends to last a lifetime
  • Learn more about yourself and your community
  • Make connections with caring adult and peer mentors
  • And more!

Things to Know Before You Apply

  • tSB meets Wednesdays & Saturdays from January – June
  • On Wednesdays, we engage in active workshops centered on our youth-led, social and environmental justice, and personal development curriculum. Some of our recent workshop topics have included: self care, food justice, gender & sexuality, art & social justice, financial literacy, and more!
  • On Saturdays, we go snowboarding at some of our local mountains or participate in service learning projects across the Puget Sound!
  • Come ready to participate in service. By participating in tSB, youth can receive up to 80 volunteer hours.
  • We provide the gear, snowboarding lessons and transportation to the mountain. There is a small fee to participate, but nobody will be turned away for inability to pay – scholarships are available. Over 90% of tSB youth participants are on full or partial scholarship.

Applications are due November 30th!

Click Here To Apply

Got more questions about tSB? Need help with your application? Contact monique@theserviceboard.org

Frequently Asked Questions

How are you keeping me safe from COVID-19?

Your safety is our number one priority! This year, our program will follow a hybrid format, with Wednesday Night workshops being held virtually via Zoom. Additionally, our service-learning projects will be executed virtually (pen pals, online campaigns, etc). Snowboarding days will be held in person, in small groups with sanitation and social distancing guidelines strictly enforced.

NOTE: we are monitoring the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic closely. These programming plans are subject to change as public health recommendations change. tSB will follow CDC guidelines and Washington State’s Safe Start Plan for COVID-19.

Program Cost & Sliding Scale Information

Why do we charge our participants? the Service Board is a non profit organization and snowboarding is expensive! While we get all snowboarding gear and lift tickets donated by local companies, there is still roughly $1600 of expenses per snowboarding trip that the Service Board covers.

Given these expenses, tSB is committed to providing access to this great sport to our youth at a low cost.Your payment helps cover:

  • Transportation for 7 trips to local mountain passes
  • 3-5 Hours of snowboarding lessons per trip
  • Head to toe snowboarding gear
  • Breakfast and lunch for all snowboarding trips and service days
  • Lift tickets, transportation, lodging and food for our 2 annual retreats

 

NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR INABILITY TO PAY. If you are accepted into the program, we will send you a payment form to go over with your family. There are multiple way to pay including monthly installments.

  • Option One: 100% payment of $310
  • Option Two: 75% payment of $230
  • Option Three: 50% payment of $155
  • Option Four: 25% Payment of $75
  • Option Five: Pay what you can (we ask that each student contribute at least 5 dollars each snowboarding trip to give to our bus driver as tip.)


” Originally, when joining the program, I wanted a place where I could escape from reality and be
me, fortunately, tSB was just that. I learned about social justice topics that I would’ve never learned about in school alongside such a diverse group of other youth as we grew together developing our thinking of the world we thought was “normal”. tSB helped me realize the power of not only my voice but the power of young people as a whole. When I say that tSB is my family, I really do sincerely mean it, throughout the past year tSB has become a part of my chosen family and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Elaine2019 Prophet & 2020 Peer Leader

“I remember walking in through the doors of tSB and being greeted with smiles and love. I did not know it yet but I joined tSB at a time when I needed it most. I recently transferred schools and was trying to figure out where I stand in my community, school and even the world. tSB helped me figure out who I am and what I stand for. world. I not only learned about social justice and how important it is to help your community, but how your race, gender and sexuality are only factors about you and don’t really shape who you are as a human being. I want to make sure that other students going through similar experiences have a space to voice their grievances.

Hinda2019 Prophet & 2020 Peer Leader

“When I started out as a prophet I came in late. I was on the waiting list and when I finally got in I was really happy to meet new people and make new friends. When I got there on Wednesday I was really nervous. At first I started off really quiet but then I slowly started getting used to everything and everybody there. I learned a lot from people that my community is very important, and everything and everybody around me are important. I had so much fun doing all of the service projects and talking about different types of social justice topics, and I was very excited to learn how to snowboard. And I loved the retreats that we went on because they gave me a lot of time to have conversations with people I hadn’t gotten a chance to talk to. I’m grateful for that. tSB changed me for the better.

Isaiah2019 Prophet & 2020 Peer Leader