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#AskTheYouth 2020

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Hey there tSB Community! So nice to see you all again. 

It certainly has been one heck of a year. With all its twists and turns, surely we all have our own reflections on the past 9 months. tSB youth have certainly pushed their growing edge this year, and have shown great adaptability and commitment. Program staff checked in with some of them to learn their thoughts on some of the year’s major developments, and their hopes for the future. Keep reading for a summary of what we learned.

Starting with the ongoing pandemic. Navigating its impact has been a challenge. From getting used to wearing masks to saying bye to some of their favorite places in the city, a lot has changed and most youth agree it isn’t always fun. To be honest, spending spring and summer 2020 in the house has been a “pretty boring” experience.

From a social justice point of view, our society has faced some significant challenges this year. tSB youth have seized the opportunity to make their voices heard. Some have protested in the streets in support of Black Lives Matter, some have created websites to highlight activists in the community, and others have created online campaigns to promote wellness. Their creativity and commitment to staying involved in the community has been inspiring to witness.

As for the future, youth are hopeful for a COVID-19 vaccine and a return to normalcy. With optimism, youth (and staff) are looking forward to another great year of tSB program in 2021, even if we look a little different than usual. Whatever the future holds, the tSB community will continue to stand together to hold each other down.

Meet our 2020 Program Team!

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Hey there tSB Community! This is Monique Taylor, tSB Program Manager, here to give a few updates about the 2020 tSB Program! The Program Team has been busy at work getting our 2020 Core Program up and running. We have a dedicated crew of prophets, peer leaders, mentors, snowboard instructors, volunteers and staff this year and we are all excited to make this year one of the best yet!

We just wrapped up an awesome retreat to start our Core Program, a big thank you to the team at Islandwood who helped make this year’s retreat possible. It was an impactful weekend full of community building and connection, and some beautiful hikes through the woods on Bainbridge Island. Next, we are gearing up to have our first day on the mountain this Saturday! 

There have been many new developments on the Program Team in the last few months. First, a huge shout out and thank you to Cole Story. Cole recently stepped down as Program Manager, after two years as tSB staff. Cole has been influential in making our programs what they currently are, including leading the development of our inaugural Summer Leadership Impact Program (SLIP)! Cole will be continuing to support tSB as a Snowboard Instructor this year and we are grateful to have him around.

We also have some new hires on the program team! Carmen Berrysmith joined the tSB staff in September 2019 as our newest Program Coordinator. Carmen has been involved with tSB since she was in high school and has worn many hats across the organization! Carmen has been a Prophet, tSB Intern, Soiree Emcee, and has volunteered in many other capacities in recent years. Carmen has a ton of love for tSB and a natural talent for connecting with our youth. She has been the rock holding our programs down during recent staff transitions, and we are so excited to have her dedication and insight on the team!

I am also a new hire this year! I joined the staff as Program Manager this January 2020, and I am so appreciative to be part of the tSB fam! I have been busy learning the program and connecting with our youth and mentors. This past retreat has been my favorite part of joining tSB thus far. The support and love that exists in this community is strong. I have already gained so much from joining this community and have had a great time doing it! I look forward to deepening my connection to you all in the years to come!

Soiree 2017: A Heartfelt Thank You to our tSB Community!

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Things have begun to settle down here in the tSB office, and we have had a chance to reflect on this year’s Soiree. Through all the struggle, transition and hard work needed to organize this event, we have felt the love and support from you all, our community, and we wish to offer your our most heartfelt thanks.

Thanks to you all, we raised about $79,000 and surpassed our fundraising goal for Soiree! We never could have done it without you! There is still time to make a contribution: if your company participates in a matching gifts program, please make sure to get your donation matched. If you are looking for another way to support the Service Board, consider becoming a monthly supporter!

We would like to invite you all to celebrate the success of the Soiree with us, and the efforts of our fantastic staff at our upcoming tSB Happy Hour event after the holidays. Keep an eye on our website for details.

To all our volunteers, we hope you had as much fun as we did! Be sure to check out our photo gallery for the Soiree here.

Looking for Other Ways to Get Involved?

Serve as a Mentor | Each year, adults from around Seattle volunteer their time to build community and make a difference. It is a big commitment, but one that changes the lives of all participants! Our online application is due Nov. 27.

Volunteer | Apply your skills in office administration, coordination or facilitation to our multiple volunteer roles throughout the year. We are working diligently to update our volunteer page – stay tuned!

Attend an Events | Mark your calendars – tSB Program Kickoff is on February 24th! Time and location coming soon!
Sponsor a meal for one our program nights – because we can’t build community on an empty stomach!

Sponsor a Meal for one our Program Nights | We can’t build community on an empty stomach!

We also welcome individual donations of new or gently used winter gear to make sure our youth stay safe and warm on the mountain.

tSB Retreat 2014

Recruiting Mentors

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Mentor. A word with over fifty definitions if you search hard enough. In its most basic form, it means “A wise and trusted counselor or teacher.” Or in the transitive form, “to serve as a trusted counselor or teacher.” But strict definitions of a word can hardly begin to explain what it truly means to be a mentor.

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Pinewood Derby | May 10th

A Night at the Drags with tSB & The Piranha Shop

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Ever wanted to be a part of the world of drag racing?  Do you have the need for speed?

Grab your pit crew and muster up your inner speedster and join tSB for the Pinewood Derby Races at the Piranha Shop on May 10th!

Get your motors running and prepare for the race of your life.

Registration is $100 and includes your very own derby kit, limited edition t-shirts and a chance to win sweet prizes.  But you have to hurry—Registration closes April 30th. Derby kits will arrive April 25th giving crews (up to 5 members) a chance to build the ultimate glory chaser.

tSB youth work in small groups to create art, learn to snowboard, and develop service learning projects.  Just like them you and your team will have the chance to join together to build your creativity, problem solving skills, and your ability to collaborate.

Register today and help tSB youth to leave challenges in the dust!

 

Service projects like WHOA

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New logo courtesy of Electricbaby

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