Our Mission

As a youth-led organization the Service Board (tSB) builds community through the power of youth.

Our Vision

For all youth to advocate for a more just future.

What We Do

For over 25 years, tSB continues to develop and implement culturally-relevant programming for high school-aged youth from traditionally marginalized communities (BIPOC, LGBTQAI+, low-income, immigrants, refugees, foster care, houseless) in King County.

tSB provides youth with a supportive space where they are heard, valued and given space to develop as leaders. Our year-around programming facilitates equitable access for youth to traditionally inaccessible outdoor activities with a focus on snowboarding to increase diversity in the outdoors and build confidence in youth. In combination with community service projects, adult mentoring, social and environmental justice education; tSB creates courageous communities of young change-makers, athletes, and future environmentalists.

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Core Values

SOCIAL JUSTICE |  Every individual brings value to a conversation. We provide a comprehensive program to foster positive, productive conversations about important social justice issues facing our community. We integrate social justice theory and practice throughout every part of tSB. Together, we examine our cultural intersections, exploring how systems of oppression affect our community and environment. We are forever committed to being an equitable, inclusive, and diverse organization, providing important space for our youth to embrace their power for change.

COMMUNITYWe promote two-way mentorship at every level of tSB to strive to build an inclusive community. We embrace our individualism as integral to the larger whole. Our relationships are built on empathy, positivity, trust, loyalty, reciprocity, and accountability. We follow and value tSB community agreements.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE |  We break down the barriers for young adults to access snowboarding and other outdoor activities. As a result, our participants develop the tenacity and determination needed to master any new skills and push the horizons of their own boundaries to connect with the environment, have fun, take healthy risks, and learn from our mistakes – which explains our motto “push your growing edge”.

SERVICE |  Through community service projects, our participants discover their own potential as agents of change in their communities and experience personal growth. Additionally, participants gain a deeper understanding of the needs of our community and how they can actively participate in addressing the issues facing our community. Youth learn the importance of “pay it forward” by planning and participating in service-learning projects. Together, we perform 3,800 service hours annually.

History

In 1994, a young Seattle snowboarder lost his life due to a drug-related murder. Several community members saw his death as a call to action and worked to create a supportive space for young people to build resilience and explore the true meaning of community.

A year later, thanks to the leadership of our founders Thomas Goldstein, John Logic and Thomas Caldwell III; tSB opened its doors to high school students from across Seattle to provide a space where they could be heard, valued, and explore the true meaning of community through snowboarding, mentorship, social justice education, and public service.

Since then we have continued to adapt to the needs of our Greater Seattle community while maintaining our values as a youth-led organization. Our curriculum has evolved to examine the roots of oppression and find pathways to systemic change.