About our Core Program

Each year, the Service Board 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. Program participants meet twice weekly from January through June. Weekday workshops focus on engaging discussions encompassing a broad range of social justice topics. Weekend activities during Core Program rotate between intensive service learning projects and snowboarding, hence our name: the Service Board.

The Core Program curriculum addresses five core competencies:

  • Relationships & Community Building
  • Identity Formation
  • Positive Risk-Taking & Outdoor Adventure¬†
  • Social & Environmental Justice Engagement & Praxis¬†
  • Social Capital

Music, snowballs, fresh food and a sense of community are the common threads that tie the Core Program together. tSB emphasizes the importance of youth voice, supportive community and promoting positive risk-taking to build youth leadership skills.

Before you apply to the Core Program:

  • tSB meets Wednesdays & Saturdays from January – June
  • On Wednesdays, we engage in active workshops centered on our youth-led, social and environmental justice 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 alternate between community service and snowboarding at some of our local mountains! By participating in tSB, youth can receive up to 80 volunteer hours.
  • We provide the gear, lessons and buses to the mountain. There is a $35 fee per snowboarding trip, but nobody will be turned away for inability to pay – scholarships are available. Over 90% of tSB youth are on full or partial scholarship.

2022 Prophet (1st year youth) applications are now open.  Apply to be a Prophet!

2022 Mentor and Snowboard Instructor applications are now open. Apply to be a Mentor or Snowboard Instructor!

Questions? Check our FAQs or contact Shona, Program Manager at shona@theserviceboard.org.